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Yearly Family Law Archives: 2017

Specific issue orders in child cases changing children's names in an abuse case

Specific issue orders in child cases: changing children's names in an abuse case

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... Read More

A closer look at international child relocation and parental responsibility

A closer look at international child relocation and parental responsibility

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... Read More

Children put up for adoption after parents open relationship raises concerns of neglect

Children put up for adoption after parents’ ‘open relationship’ raises concerns of neglect

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... Read More

Australia approves same-sex marriage

Australia approves same-sex marriage

"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... Read More

Mothers told to contact their abusers for maintenance

Mothers told to contact their abusers for maintenance

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... Read More

Private law cases that return to court burden the family justice system

Private law cases that return to court burden the family justice system

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... Read More

New research from the Law Society suggests that restoring legal aid could save cash

New research from the Law Society suggests that restoring legal aid “could save cash”

New research published last month has revealed a ‘statistical link’ between obtaining early legal advice and resolving problems sooner. The Legal Aid,... Read More

Legal aid reforms for victims of domestic violence to take effect in January

Legal aid reforms for victims of domestic violence to take effect in January

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... Read More

Convicted sexual abuser still has parental responsibility

Convicted sexual abuser still has parental responsibility

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... Read More

MoJ warns on reliability of old forensic tests in family cases and issues guidance for concerned clients

MoJ warns on reliability of old forensic tests in family cases and issues guidance for concerned clients

The Ministry of Justice has announced that the government has been made aware that police are looking into the potential manipulation of forensic toxicology... Read More