Consultation: Revisions to sentencing guidelines for child cruelty offences – Family Law

‘The Sentencing Council is consulting on updated sentencing guidelines for offenders convicted of child cruelty offences, including causing or allowing death or serious injury, or neglect in England and Wales.’

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Family Law, 11th August 2022

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

The rights of cohabiting partners – UK Parliament

Posted August 12th, 2022 in cohabitation, divorce, families, news by tracey

‘This is a House of Commons Committee report, with recommendations to government. The Government has two months to respond.’

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UK Parliament, 4th August 2022

Source: committees.parliament.uk

Tony Hudgell’s adoptive mother ‘over the moon’ that his abuser may stay in jail – The Independent

‘The adoptive mother of Tony Hudgell, a little boy who was tortured by his parents, has said she is “over the moon” that his birth mother may not be released from jail this week as planned.’

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The Independent, 11th August 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Frederick Barclay avoids jail as high court gives him three months to pay ex-wife – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2022 in divorce, families, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Judge rebukes former Ritz hotel owner for failing to pay £100m divorce settlement.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2022

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Man found guilty of murdering his wife four days after their wedding – The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2022 in domestic violence, families, married persons, murder, news by sally

‘A man has been found guilty of murdering his wife and stuffing her body in a suitcase just days after their wedding.’

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The Guardian, 10th August 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

East Kent NHS Trust: Hospital apologises over baby death errors – BBC News

‘A Kent hospital trust has apologised to a grieving mother who was told her baby was dead, then alive, before dying hours later.’

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BBC News, 10th August 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government urged to end ‘legal limbo’ for unmarried couples – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 10th, 2022 in cohabitation, families, government departments, Law Commission, marriage, news by sally

‘The government should improve legal protections for unmarried couples by introducing a scheme proposed by the Law Commission 15 years ago, a cross-party group of MPs has recommended.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th August 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Foreign convictions are admissible as evidence in family proceedings, Court of Appeal holds – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that foreign judicial findings or convictions that are relevant to a person’s suitability to care for children may be used as evidence in family proceedings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th August 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

IVF Access To Widen After Discrimination Case – Each Other

‘Lesbians, bi women and some trans people will no longer have to pay more for IVF treatment after a landmark discrimination case. Lesbian couple Megan and Whitney Bacon-Evans launched a legal case showing that NHS England’s IVF policy discriminated against same-sex couples. Unlike heterosexual couples, some LGBTQ couples and single women have had to pay for artificial insemination to prove their fertility status before they can receive NHS help for IVF.’

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Each Other, 9th August 2022

Source: eachother.org.uk

Islamic Marriage and the Legal System: Mahr/Dowr – Family Law

Posted August 8th, 2022 in families, Islam, islamic law, marriage, news by tracey

‘Tahir Khan, barrister, provides some useful legal and practical guidance on Islamic mahr/dower and its validity and recognition under English Law, together with some of the challenges and difficulties that face practitioners when confronted with such matters.’

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Family Law, 4th August

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Virginity Testing Is Made A Criminal Offence Across The UK – Each Other

Posted August 4th, 2022 in bills, child abuse, children, families, health, human rights, news, women by tracey

‘TRIGGER WARNING: Please note that this piece includes language and themes of child abuse, virginity testing and coercion that some may find triggering.

The government has made it illegal to carry out, offer or aid and abet virginity testing or hymenoplasty in any part of the UK under the Health and Care Act 2022. Virginity tests breach women’s and girls’ fundamental rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), including the right to be free from torture and inhuman treatment and the right to private and family life.’

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Each Other, 3rd August 2022

Source: eachother.org.uk

Deportation: Supreme Court revisits Unduly Harsh and Very Compelling Circumstances Tests – EIN Blog

‘On 20 July 2022, the UK Supreme Court gave its judgment in the three joined appeals of HA (Iraq), RA (Iraq) and AA (Nigeria) [2022] UKSC 22. The full judgment can be found here. These were all deportation appeals decided by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal found in favour of the three individuals and the Secretary of State, through the Home Office, appealed to the Supreme Court.’

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EIN Blog, 3rd August 2022

Source: www.ein.org.uk

Archie Battersbee’s family make final plea to ‘let him die with dignity’ – The Independent

Posted August 4th, 2022 in bereavement, children, families, hospitals, news by tracey

‘Family members of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee are making a final plea for him to have “a dignified death”, as the protracted legal battle over his life edges to its conclusion.’

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The Independent, 4th August 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Judge dismisses bid by council for unadmitted allegations to be tried, saying it would be “deplorable waste of resources” – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has dismissed a local authority’s application for un-admitted allegations to be tried, saying he could not see any upside in allowing that to happen.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st August 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Archie Battersbee’s life support ‘ending at 11am’ after Supreme Court appeal fails – The Independent

‘The mother of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee said that his life support will be withdrawn at 11am on Wednesday after the family lost a Supreme Court bid to continue his treatment.’

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The Independent, 2nd August 2022

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Carole Packman murder: Parole dates given to paper before family – BBC News

Posted August 3rd, 2022 in bereavement, families, fraud, media, Ministry of Justice, murder, news, parole by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has said it is “deeply sorry” that a murderer’s parole dates were given to a local newspaper before the victim’s family.’

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BBC News, 3rd August 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Archie Battersbee’s parents fail in life support bid at supreme court – The Guardian

‘The parents of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee, who was left in a comatose state after suffering brain damage, have failed to persuade the supreme court to intervene in a life support treatment battle.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Court of Appeal outlines approach advocates and judges should take to requests for clarification of judgments – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has considered the extent to which judges are required to respond to requests for clarifications in judgments.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th July 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Ian Stewart: Sons granted £185k confiscation order – BBC News

Posted July 29th, 2022 in compensation, confiscation, families, murder, news by sally

‘The sons of a double murderer are to share £185,000 from their mother’s estate, a court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 28th July 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Out-of-wedlock children struggle to prove their identity in immigration – EIN Blog

Posted July 27th, 2022 in birth certificates, children, DNA, families, immigration, Jamaica, news by sally

‘Identity of one’s self is important in almost every aspect of one’s life. And this is also the case when it comes to trying to prove your identity in the legal sphere, namely, immigration. This pursuit of identity has been problematic for those children born out of wedlock in countries such as Jamaica, where giving birth to a child out of wedlock still attracts scorn and ostracism and subsequently struggle to prove their paternity for immigration purposes.’

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EIN Blog, 25th July 2022

Source: www.ein.org.uk