DNA tests on asylum seekers dubious in law, Home Office admits – The Guardian

Posted July 20th, 2018 in asylum, children, DNA, families, news by tracey

‘Asylum seekers who were subjected to DNA swabs to prove their origins may be able to sue the government after the Home Office admitted the lawful basis for taking those samples was “dubious”.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2018

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Women jailed for allowing teenage boy to ‘rot to death’ in Leeds – The Guardian

‘Photographs of a teenager who died at home were “hauntingly reminiscent of starving victims in the extermination camps of the second world war”, according to a judge who jailed his mother, grandmother and sister.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2018

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Home Office ordered to pay £50,000 after child separated from father – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2018 in care orders, children, compensation, detention, families, immigration, news by sally

‘The Home Office has agreed to pay £50,000 compensation after a three-year-old girl was left in care while her father was unlawfully placed in immigration detention.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2018

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Churchyard memorials which cause affront and offence – Law and Religion UK

Posted July 11th, 2018 in Church of England, families, monuments, news by tracey

‘Although it is always open for a person who wishes to introduce a memorial, or to modify an existing one, to submit a petition to the consistory court, in Re Holy Trinity Drayton Parslow [2018] ECC Oxf 3* permission was refused inter alia as it was deemed that the proposed alteration would be an affront and offence to the parishioners.’

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Law and Religion UK, 11th July 2018

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Mother and grandmother found guilty of killing teenager ‘left to rot to death’ in bed – The Independent

‘The mother and grandmother of a teenager who died after being “left to rot to death” on an inflatable mattress at their house in Leeds have been convicted of manslaughter.’

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The Independent, 10th July 2018

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Post-Brexit settlement scheme for EU nationals – Technology Law Update

Posted July 10th, 2018 in EC law, families, immigration, news, treaties by sally

‘The Government has published long-awaited details of the post-Brexit Settlement Scheme for EU nationals in the UK. Details are set out in the Government’s EU Settlement Scheme Statement of Intent.’

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Technology Law Update, 9th July 2018

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Family left woman to die in ‘disgusting’ house – BBC News

Posted July 6th, 2018 in families, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, wilful neglect by tracey

‘A woman who was supposed to be cared for by her daughter and ex-husband was left to die in “disgusting conditions”, a court heard.’

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BBC News, 5th July 2018

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Farming disputes and proprietary estoppel: Gee v Gee – Family Law

Posted July 5th, 2018 in agricultural holdings, appeals, estoppel, evidence, families, news, witnesses by tracey

‘In recent years there has been a procession of farming proprietary estoppel cases, the most famous of which was probably Davies v Davies [2016] EWCA Civ 463, [2017] 1 FLR 1286 with the claimant in that case capturing the media’s attention as the “Cowshed Cinderella”. On 11 June 2018 Mr Justice Birss, sitting in Bristol, handed down judgment on the latest, the case of Gee v Gee & Anor [2018] EWHC 1393 (Ch), [2018] All ER (D) 58 (Jun).’

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Family Law, 4th July 2018

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Home Office separating scores of children from parents as part of immigration detention regime – The Independent

Posted July 5th, 2018 in children, detention, families, immigration, mental health, news by tracey

‘The Home Office is separating scores of children from their parents as part of its immigration detention regime – in some cases forcing them into care in breach of government policy.’

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The Independent, 4th July 2018

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Families of missing people struggle with mounting debts as new powers to let them manage affairs are delayed – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 2nd, 2018 in debts, families, missing persons, news by sally

‘Families of missing people are struggling to deal with mounting debts as the Government delays new powers to enable them to manage their loved one’s affairs.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2018

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Speech by Lord Justice McFarlane: Families Need Fathers Conference 2018 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 27th, 2018 in domestic violence, families, family courts, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice McFarlane: Families Need Fathers Conference 2018.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 25th June 2018

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Family Mediation: Piercing the cloak of confidentiality – Family Law Week

Posted June 27th, 2018 in confidentiality, dispute resolution, families, news by tracey

‘Deborah Eaton QC, 1 King’s Bench Walk, Hassan Khan, 4 Paper Buildings and Mark Irving, Harbottle & Lewis examine whether mediation agreements are always susceptible to privilege, following Mr Justice Williams’s judgment in BL v TC & OD [2017] EWHC 3363.’

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Family Law Week, 21st June 2018

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Fathers let down by courts which have ‘fallen short’, says new head of family division – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 26th, 2018 in families, family courts, judges, news, parental rights, speeches by sally

‘Fathers are being cut off from their children because the courts have “fallen short”, the incoming head of the family court has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th June 2018

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FDAC unit closure threatens future of problem-solving courts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in alcohol abuse, courts, drug abuse, families, family courts, local government, news by tracey

‘Days after it emerged that a national board set up to improve the performance of the family justice system and chaired by government ministers had not met for 17 months, a national unit set up only three years ago to support a pioneering problem-solving court service for families is shutting down due to lack of government support.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st June 2018

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Carl Sargeant family say they are being excluded from inquiry – The Guardian

‘The family of Carl Sargeant have claimed they are being excluded from an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his sacking as a Welsh minister four days before he took his own life.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2018

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Enhancing the rights of grandchildren to see their grandparents – Family Law Week

Posted June 14th, 2018 in contact orders, families, grandparents, human rights, news by tracey

‘Julie Stather, barrister, Crown Office Row, Brighton advances the case for reform of the law relating to the rights of grandchildren to see their grandparents.’

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Family Law Week, 8th June 2018

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‘Same roof’ victim compensation rule faces legal challenge – BBC News

‘A woman sexually abused by her stepfather between the ages of four and 16 is challenging a law which stops victims of crime who lived under the “same roof” as their attacker prior to 1979, from receiving compensation.’

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BBC News, 11th June 2018

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Speech by President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby: What is family law? – Securing social justice for children and young people – Courts & Tribunals Judiciary

Posted June 5th, 2018 in children, civil justice, families, family courts, speeches, young persons by tracey

‘Speech by President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby: What is family law? – Securing social justice for children and young people.’

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Courts & Tribunals Judiciary, 31st May 2018

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We should applaud the end of the nuclear family, says top judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 4th, 2018 in families, judges, news by sally

‘Britain should “welcome and applaud” the collapse of the nuclear family, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st June 2018

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Mother denied chance to take her case to ‘court of public opinion’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 31st, 2018 in care orders, families, family courts, injunctions, media, news by sally

‘Family Division president Sir James Munby, who has long argued for allowing the ‘glare of publicity’ in to family courts, says some cases should not be debated under the public gaze, as he denied a mother the chance to take her case to the ‘court of public opinion’.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 31st May 2018

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