Father who blamed his son for murder he committed jailed for at least 26 years – Daily Telegraph

‘A man who pressured his 14-year-old son to take the blame for a murder he committed has been jailed for at least 26 years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2018

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Call for ‘rights for grandparents’ law – BBC News

Posted May 8th, 2018 in children, families, grandparents, legislation, news by sally

‘MPs are calling for the government to enshrine in law the right for grandparents to see their grandchildren after a divorce.’

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BBC News, 7th May 2018

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Warring families assigned mediators to stop them fighting over power of attorney – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 4th, 2018 in dispute resolution, families, news, powers of attorney by tracey

‘Warring families are to be assigned mediators to stop to stop them fighting over power of attorney for loved ones. A pilot scheme being run by the Office of the Public Guardian will fund professional help for families embroiled in disputes over issues such as inheritances or control of finances.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd April 2018

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Divorce blame game leads to futile court battles, new study finds – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2018 in divorce, families, news, reports by sally

‘The lack of no-fault divorce in England and Wales is forcing separating couples into unnecessary and unsuccessful courtroom battles to establish who caused the breakdown, according to a report by the Nuffield Foundation.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2018

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Family mounts legal challenge to Northamptonshire library cuts – The Guardian

Posted April 13th, 2018 in budgets, families, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by tracey

‘Northamptonshire county council is facing a series of legal challenges over plans to close 21 libraries, after a young resident applied for a judicial review of a decision campaigners say will have a “devastating impact” on families.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2018

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Shared care arrangements in relocation cases – Family Law

Posted April 12th, 2018 in care orders, children, domicile, families, news by sally

‘Family analysis: Richard Jones, barrister at 1 Garden Court Chambers, discusses the practical implications of the judgment in JAL v LSW [2017] EWHC 3699 (Fam), which concerns how the courts should approach relocation cases where care of the child has been shared.’

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Family Law, 12th April 2018

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The second Bridget Lindley Annual Memorial Lecture: Transcript – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted April 9th, 2018 in families, family courts, lectures, media by tracey

‘The Family Justice Council recently held its Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture which looked at the impact of social media on the family justice system and family law journalism.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 29th March 2018

Court of Protection solicitor convicted of neglect following elderly mother’s death – Legal Futures

‘An associate in a law firm’s Court of Protection team has been convicted of the wilful neglect of her own elderly mother, who died in squalor despite the solicitor having power of attorney to act on her behalf.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2018

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Grenfell Tower: handling relatives’ immigration cases – Home Office

Posted March 26th, 2018 in families, immigration, inquests by tracey

‘Guidance on requests for further limited leave from relatives of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.’

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Home Office, 23rd March 2018

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Speech by Sir James Munby: Changing families – family law yesterday, today and tomorrow – a view from south of the Border – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir James Munby: Changing families – family law yesterday, today and tomorrow – a view from south of the Border.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 21st March 2018

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Lawyers, Legal Language and Fact-finding Hearings under Part IV of the Children Act 1989 – Family Law Week

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in care orders, domestic violence, evidence, families, family courts, news by tracey

‘David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, discusses what lessons can be learned from the Court of Appeal’s judgment in R (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 198.’

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Family Law Week, 16th March 2018

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Daughter ordered to take DNA test to prove she has an interest in her late father’s estate – Family Law

Posted March 13th, 2018 in consent, DNA, families, jurisdiction, news, paternity, wills by sally

‘Colin Birtles died without a will in 2013. He was survived by his two daughters, Lorraine Freeman and Janice Nield-Moir. Unbeknown to her elder sister, Mrs Freeman successfully applied for letters of administration to enable her to manage and distribute his estate, amounting to his terraced house in Oldham and a small amount of cash. According to the rules of intestacy, Mr Birtles estate should be divided equally between the two sisters.’

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Family Law, 9th March 2018

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Law Pod UK Ep. 24: Right of residence under EU rules – 1 COR

Posted March 12th, 2018 in appeals, citizenship, EC law, families, immigration, news by sally

‘Rosalind English talks to Jonathan Metzer about how family members of UK citizens, who don’t themselves have citizenship, obtain a residence card under EU rules – and how they can appeal if they’re refused.’

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Law Pod UK, 6th March 2018

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Home Office broke its own rules on avoiding family separations – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2018 in bail, detention, families, immigration, news by sally

‘The Home Office broke its own rules when British children had to be taken into care after officials arrested their father.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2018

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Police targeting of dead man’s sister ‘probably influenced by racism’ – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2018 in death in custody, families, news, police, racism, reports by tracey

‘The police’s decision to launch a surveillance operation against a woman whose brother had been unlawfully killed in a police station was likely to have been influenced partly by racial discrimination, a leaked report by a watchdog concluded.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2018

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Family Drug and Alcohol Courts to expand across London – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 1st, 2018 in alcohol abuse, care orders, courts, drug abuse, families, family courts, London, news by sally

‘The Family Drug and Alcohol Court ( FDAC) is to expand in London after a partnership of nine boroughs, led by Merton Council, commissioned the service from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th February 2018

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Court to hear case of banker kept alive against family’s wishes – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2018 in consent, families, hospitals, medical treatment, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The case of an investment banker who suffered severe brain damage following a heart attack will be heard by the supreme court on Monday in a test of whether judges need to authorise the withdrawal of life support treatment.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2018

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Does the inclusion of families and children in family proceedings go far enough? – Family Law Week

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in children, families, family courts, judgments, news, witnesses by tracey

‘Adele Cameron-Douglas, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, asks how children can continue to be involved in proceedings that concern them after their conclusion.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd February 2018

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Hyde Park bombing: Families of victims of IRA attack granted legal aid – The Independent

Posted February 6th, 2018 in armed forces, explosives, families, legal aid, news, victims by tracey

‘Families of the victims of the IRA Hyde Park bombing have been awarded legal aid to fund civil action against a suspect.’

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The Independent, 6th February 2018

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Court ruling on decision to place a child with sibling’s adopters (Re B (a child)) – Family Law

Posted January 30th, 2018 in adoption, appeals, families, news, placement orders by sally

‘Family analysis: Emily James, barrister at The 36 Group, considers the practical implications of the Court of Appeal judgment in Re B (A Child) (Care Proceedings) [2018] EWCA Civ 20, [2018] All ER (D) 74 (Jan), in which a decision to place a child for adoption, even when there was a viable family placement available, was upheld.’

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Family Law, 29th January 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk