The question of whether a child should ever be deprived of his liberty for his own safety must always remain a deeply fraught one. It is highly instructive to follow the workings of the courts here, and to see how Human Rights legislation works with UK law to promote the best possible outcome for a vulnerable child. Sitting in the Family... Read More
Mrs Justice Theis, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice last Friday, ordered Kent County Council to pay costs and £17,500 in damages to a fourteen-year-old girl (‘K’) after it took three years to assess her needs.
The child, K, was placed into foster care in December 2011 under s.20 Children Act 1989 and with the mother’s consent. K had... Read More
Many things have changed since the baby boomers were the age millennials are now. We’ve looked at how the rise of social media has effected marriage and divorce, as well as the impact of recent global economic downturns on when couples choose to marry. Both of these are indicators of a larger phenomenon, though, and that is the fact that... Read More
The digital revolution continues its unstoppable march into the courtroom. An Australian start-up has developed an app which purports to assess the chances of spouses succeeding in a financial settlement or child custody action.
Across the world, rising costs of litigation (both in terms of representation and legal fees), have contributed to the... Read More
Actress Lucy Liu had her son through gestational surrogacy, where an embryo made from the intended parents’ ova and sperm through in vitro fertilization is implanted in a surrogate. “It just seemed like the right option for me because I was working and I didn’t know when I was going to be able to stop,” the Elementary... Read More
A government report has supported recent calls to ban commercial surrogacy across Australia. The Senate committee supports altruistic surrogacy, but not its commercial equivalent. While the committee was firm on domestic matters, international surrogacy posed more of a problem. The committee argued that Australia is powerless to stop the... Read More
In a ruling last week the Supreme Court of Virginia recognised the legal status of same–sex relationships and cohabitation, enabling a man to cease paying alimony to his ex-wife who is now engaged to another woman. The Supreme Court had ruled in 2014 that the State’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, so this latest... Read More
Technology may be making it easier to maintain relationships over long distances, but few couples have considered tying the knot over Skype. Canadian Megan Radford and Bolivian Rolando Barrientos are the exception—while they were together in Bolivia during their wedding, the officiate and guests joined them from Canada via video chat.... Read More
Mr Justice Holman ordered, at Birmingham District Registry, that an application in child proceedings that he started to hear, be heard “from scratch” by a different judge, as notice was not given to the child’s parents or stepmother. A 15-year-old boy, currently the subject of care proceedings, was living with his father... Read More
Against the odds – 5000-1, to be exact – Leicester City won the Premier League earlier this week after Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 with Chelsea. We all know footballers can have high profile divorces, Ryan Giggs and Gary Lineker being two of the most recent examples, but does simply being a football fan put you at greater risk of divorce?
Well,... Read More
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