In December of this year, Mr Justice Cobb was asked to hear a case, B and C (Change of Names - Parental Responsibility - Evidence) , concerning a mother who wished to be granted permission to change the names of both her children, and sought a prohibited steps order to be made restricting the ability of the father to exercise his parental... Read More
Relocating abroad has become a common experience for many families and their children. There are many reasons why families may wish to move abroad: new career prospects, proximity to other family members, or simply because a more relaxed way of life may be beneficial. Relocation can be an exciting time for both the parents and children involved.... Read More
Judges within the family courts are extremely reluctant to take children away from their parents and will only do so if they feel that this is absolutely necessary. Three children, all under the age of 5, were recently removed from their home and placed for adoption after the judge expressed concern that the children were being neglected by their... Read More
"What a day for love, for equality, for respect," said Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of the news that the House of Representatives had passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage in Australia. Same-sex couples who have married overseas or who go on to do so, will also have their marriage automatically recognised in Australia. On the... Read More
Victims of domestic violence have spoken out about receiving letters explaining that they could lose their single-parent payments if they do not attempt to contact their abusers for child maintenance.
Last month, The Times published the story of ‘Kate’ who left her partner after she was physically abused during the early stages of pregnancy.... Read More
In November 2017, Cafcass conducted a small-scale study on the private family law cases that return to court. Given the 20 percent increase in private law applications over the last two years, Cafcass were eager to look into what was driving the increase and also whether some of these cases could be safely resolved out of court. More than 40,000... Read More
New research published last month has revealed a ‘statistical link’ between obtaining early legal advice and resolving problems sooner. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) implemented substantial cuts to legal aid and the Law Society research, conducted by Ipsos MORI, suggests that this has been... Read More
The Ministry of Justice has announced that, as of January 2018, victims of domestic violence will no longer have to provide evidence of abuse from within the past five years in order to receive legal aid.
The 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LAPSO) Act, imposed significant restrictions on legal aid eligibility, including a... Read More
A man convicted for sexually abusing his own children has maintained parental responsibility over them, the BBC has reported. The man was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for his crimes, has been placed on the sex offenders register for life, and is also banned from having any further contact with his children. Despite this, he is able to... Read More
The Ministry of Justice has announced that the government has been made aware that police are looking into the potential manipulation of forensic toxicology test results at two private companies, Trimega and Randox. The results from such tests are not uncommonly used in family law proceedings as expert evidence. The MoJ says that it recognises... Read More
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