Should children be heard in English family court cases? – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2017 in children, family courts, news, treaties, witnesses by tracey

‘Children, campaigners and some judges are calling for a change in the law so that children at the heart of family cases in England and Wales can talk in private to the judge if they so choose.’

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BBC News, 17th October 2017

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Divorce forum disputes: when dual nationality may not be a possibility – Family Law

‘As there can be dramatic financial and other differences for an international family in proceedings in one country or another, jurisdiction is fundamentally important. It is sometimes based on nationality. But some countries prevent citizens having nationality of more than one country. International family lawyers need to be aware of which countries allow or prohibit dual nationality.’

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Family Law, 13th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Senior judge warns over ‘shaming’ impact of legal aid cuts – The Guardian

‘One of the most senior family court judges has warned about the impact of legal aid cuts and said it was “shaming” to preside over cases in which individuals are forced to represent themselves.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Litigant-in-person figures expose family courts crisis – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in arbitration, family courts, litigants in person, news, statistics by sally

‘Latest government figures highlighting the rising number of private law cases and litigants in person have prompted calls for the government to heed recent warnings about the family justice system.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 29th September 2017

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Family court changes to protect children ‘lifesaving’ – BBC News

Posted October 2nd, 2017 in children, contact orders, custody, domestic violence, family courts, homicide, news by sally

‘New family court guidance to protect children from violent parents during custody disputes is “lifesaving,” domestic violence campaigners say.’

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BBC News, 29th September 2017

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Domestic Abuse – revised guidance issued – what does it say?- Transparency Project

Posted September 28th, 2017 in domestic violence, family courts, news, practice directions by sally

‘Children at risk of psychogical or physical abuse must not have contact with parent, judges told (sic)

This was the headline in The Times that arose from the publication by the President of the Family Division of a revised Practice Direction 12J (PD12J). PD12J is the part of the family court rules that sets out how the court should deal with allegations of domestic abuse.’

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Transparency Project, 24th September 2017

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Public Law Clients with Learning Disabilities – Bridging the gap – Family Law Week

‘Gillian Geddes, barrister, of Hind Court considers the correct focus for public law arguments in support of parents with learning disabilities being allowed to care for their children.’

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Family Law Week, 20th September 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Central storage of electronic bundles in family cases “will begin in early 2018” – Legal Futures

Posted September 19th, 2017 in case management, electronic filing, family courts, news by tracey

‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is to start hosting digital family court bundles centrally next year as part of its project to digitise the courts, it has emerged in a briefing sent to family judges.’

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Legal Futures, 19th September 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The President of the Family Division has issued a circular dealing with domestic abuse and containing a new PD12J, which comes into force on 2 October 2017 – Family Law

Posted September 14th, 2017 in domestic violence, family courts, news, practice directions by tracey

‘The President of the Family Division has issued a circular dealing with domestic abuse and containing a new PD12J, which comes into force on 2 October 2017.’

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Family Law, 14th September 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Returning jihadis will end up in family courts, Lord Chief Justice warns – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 8th, 2017 in care orders, families, family courts, Islam, news, terrorism by tracey

‘British jihadis returning from Syria will put pressure on the family courts over the next year, the Lord Chief Justice has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2017

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Ruling over ‘Muslim foster case’ girl – BBC News

Posted August 30th, 2017 in children, Christianity, family courts, fostering, Islam, London, news by sally

‘A judge has ruled a Christian girl should live with a family member in a case in which it was claimed she was placed with a Muslim foster family.’

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BBC News, 30th August 2017

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Children: Public Law Update (August 2017) – Family Law Week

‘John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews a range of recent important public law cases.’

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Family Law Week, 9th August 2017

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The Case of X: A Wake Up Call – Family Law Week

‘Michael Jones, barrister, Deans Court Chambers, Manchester, considers the lessons to be learned from the case of X which attracted considerable attention in the mainstream media.’

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Family Law Week, 15th August 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Ellie Butler’s parents appear at inquest hearing via video from prisons – The Guardian

‘The parents of murdered six-year-old Ellie Butler have appeared via video link from their respective prisons at an inquest hearing into the death of their daughter, and interrupted the proceedings several times.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2017

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DIY divorce form could lead to more adultery accusations, lawyers warn – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 14th, 2017 in divorce, documents, family courts, news by sally

‘A new “DIY” divorce form designed to speed up the process could lead to thousands more people being accused of adultery, lawyers warn.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th August 2017

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Judge attacks mental health provision after approving care plan for suicidal girl – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2017 in family courts, judges, mental health, news, young persons by sally

‘A suicidal 17-year-old girl is to be moved to a secure unit on Thursday after a senior judge warned that plans to release her because of a shortage of secure beds for mental health patients would leave “blood on our hands”.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update, August 2017 – Family Law Week

‘Naomi Shelton, Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP, analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during July 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 2nd August 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Binding agreements in TOLATA claims – Family Law Week

‘Alexander Chandler, barrister, 1 King’s Bench Walk, considers the law and practice of agreements to settle TOLATA claims.’

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Family Law Week, 28th July 2017

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Mother wins court battle to change child’s ‘tainted’ middle name – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 31st, 2017 in appeals, change of name, children, family courts, legal aid, names, news by sally

‘A mother who no longer liked her child’s middle name has won the right to have it removed in a legal challenge costing thousands of pounds in legal aid.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th July 2017

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The cost of resisting disclosure of sensitive police material in family proceedings – UK Police Law Blog

‘Who pays the costs of Special Advocates where closed material procedures are required to consider sensitive police documents in family proceedings? The police, according to Cobb J in Re R (Closed Material Procedure: Special Advocates: Funding) [2017] EWHC 1793 (Fam).’

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UK Police Law Blog, 30th July 2017

Source: ukpolicelawblog.com