Sperm donor ordered to pay maintenance for child after judge rules he is the father – The Independent

“A professional man registered as a sperm donor on a website and advertised his willingness to participate in a ‘breeding party, ie a male-dominated orgy designed to get a woman pregnant’, a High Court judge said today.”

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The Independent, 26th Juyl 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Children: Private Law update (May 2013) – Family Law Week

“Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings considers three important recent judgments in Children private law proceedings.”

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Family Law Week, 19th June 2013

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Making your child go to school: teenager’s chaotic lifestyle and parent’s inability to control not a defence to prosecution – Education Law Blog

Posted May 13th, 2013 in interpretation, news, parental responsibility, school children by tracey

“As all education lawyers know, the parent of a child who fails to attend school regularly commits a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £1000 (section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996). If the parent knows her child is failing to attend school and fails to cause her to do so, the ‘aggravated’ form of the offence (section 444(1A)) is committed which is punishable by a fine of up to £2500 and/or up to 3 months’ imprisonment. One of the statutory defences to both charges is that the child was prevented from attending ‘by reason of sickness or any unavoidable cause’ (section 444(2A)). It is a defence to the aggravated charge to prove reasonable justification for the failure to cause the child to attend (section 444(1B)).”

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Education Law Blog, 10th May 2013

Source: www.education11kbw.com

Court terminates father’s parental responsibility – Family Law Week

“In the first reported judgment on the issue since 1995, Mr Justice Baker has terminated the parental responsibility of a father who had been imprisoned for sexual abuse of his own child’s half-sisters.”

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Family Law Week, 14th April 2013

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Ex-councillor fails to suppress story about being drunk in supermarket in charge of daughter – The Independent

“A Labour councillor fined £100 after admitting being drunk in a supermarket while in charge of her two-year-old daughter has lost a High Court anonymity fight.”

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The Independent, 29th March 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Before the Flood? The 1996 Hague Convention in the English Courts – Family Law Week

Posted March 28th, 2013 in child abduction, EC law, news, parental responsibility, treaties by tracey

“Duncan Ranton, Solicitor and Consultant with Bishop & Sewell LLP, considers the impact of the 1996 Hague Convention and the first judgment in the English courts to consider the treaty.”

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Family Law week, 27th March 2013

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Internet porn: Automatic block rejected – BBC News

“Ministers have rejected plans to automatically block internet access to pornography on all computers, saying the move is not widely supported.”

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BBC News, 15th December 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Nottinghamshire County Council v Suffolk County Council – WLR Daily

Nottinghamshire County Council v Suffolk County Council: [2012] EWCA Civ 1640; [2012] WLR (D) 376

“The local authority responsible for providing financial and other support for a child under the Children Act 1989 was any authority which looked after the child or, if the child was not a looked after child, the local authority in whose area the child was living.”

WLR Daily, 11th December 2012

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

The 1996 Hague Convention: The Fourth Dimension – Family Law Week

Posted December 3rd, 2012 in child abduction, EC law, human rights, news, parental responsibility, treaties by sally

“Eleri Jones barrister at 1 Garden Court, and Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE and Richard Kwan both of Dawson Cornwell solicitors consider the impact of the 1996 Hague Convention in England and Wales.”

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Family Law Week, 30th November 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Children’s experience of parental separation: research challenges law change proposal – Family Law week

Posted November 23rd, 2012 in children, contact orders, divorce, news, parental responsibility, young persons by tracey

“Government plans to amend the 1989 Children Act by introducing a presumption of shared parenting are well-intentioned but misguided, say the authors of new research into childhood experience of family break-ups.”

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Family Law Week, 22nd November 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Improving the protection of children across borders – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 2nd, 2012 in child abduction, fostering, guardianship, news, parental responsibility, treaties by sally

“Children from the UK will now have international protection if they move to another country outside the European Union. The 1996 Hague Convention will be in force from today meaning the public can be assured that countries which have opted in to the treaty will uphold and enforce a court order involving the protection of a child.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st November 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Child maintenance powers ’emasculated’ after court ruling – Daily Telegraph

“Absent parents who fail to support their children may no longer be threatened with jail after a court ruling against a Government body set up to pursue them.”

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Daily Telegraph, 31st October 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Children, Seatbelts and Parental Duties: strap up or pay up? – Zenith Chambers

Posted October 30th, 2012 in children, news, parental responsibility, road safety by sally

“It has long been accepted that a failure to wear a seatbelt will affect proportion of damages that a Claimant can receive for an accident, if that failure caused or contributed to his injury. This new case from April 2012 applies the same reasoning to the use of child seats and the apportionment of liability.”

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Zenith Chambers, 22nd October 2012

Source: www.zenithchambers.co.uk

Legislative presumption of shared parenting ‘flawed’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 6th, 2012 in children, legislation, news, parental responsibility, parental rights by sally

“Government plans to introduce a legislative presumption of shared parenting could undermine child welfare and increase the volume of litigation, according to the Law Society.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th September 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Children: Private Law Update – Family Law Week

“Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings considers those judgments of the last few months which are of most importance in the area of private law children proceedings.”

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Family Law Week, 5th September 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.com

Section 38(6) Applications – Further fine-tuning – Family Law Week

“Sally Gore, barrister, of 14 Gray’s Inn Square, examines developments concerning applications for assessment under section 38(6) of the Children Act 1989 culminating in the Court of Appeal’s clarification in S (A Child) [2011].”

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Family Law Week, 27th July 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Absent fathers to be fined up to £500 for missing child support – Daily Telegraph

“Absent fathers will be hit with up to £500 in fines for missing child support payments under tough new rules raising the cost of divorce.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th July 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Parents who force their children into marriage face jail – The Independent

Posted June 7th, 2012 in crime, forced marriages, news, parental responsibility by sally

“Parents who coerce their children to marry will face jail under moves to be set out tomorrow by David Cameron.”

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The Independent, 7th June 2012

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Children: Private Law Update – Family Law Week

“Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings considers several recent important judgments covering a range of private law issues concerning children.”

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Family Law Week, 23rd May 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

‘It’s Good to Share’ – Should there be a presumption of equality between parents when it comes to caring for their children? – Family Law Week

Posted May 1st, 2012 in children, divorce, equality, news, parental responsibility by sally

“Bindu Bansal, Solicitor with Paris Smith LLP, considers the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a presumption of shared parenting.”

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Family Law Week, 29th April 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.com