Category Archive: Family Law

Jul 19

Medway dispute Mother guilty of ‘contempt’

A mother in dispute with social services was found guilty yesterday of contempt of court.  The case has not yet concluded so we shall refer to her as ‘SR’. Sitting at Maidstone County Court, in open court, Judge Richard Polden held ‘SR’ had  breached an injunction forbidding her from naming her children and reporting on …

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Jul 11

Charlie Gard: Why can’t his parents decide?

Stop Press (24/07/2017) Charlie’s parents have ended their fight after a US doctor said it was now too late to treat their baby.  What would have happened had Great Ormond Street Hospital simply allowed them to take him to the US in March, we shall never know. (And do read Canon Giles Fraser on this …

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Jun 22

Bexley children finally go home

Four children from a family rent apart by false allegations two years ago have finally gone home. In early March 2017 Judge Diane Redgrave approved an agreement worked out between counsel for the parents, Hilary Pollock, and the London Borough of Bexley.  Bexley returned the children to their parents on 29th March. The Lord’s hand …

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Jun 13

Tories promise family courts reform

The Conservative Party promised reform of the family courts in their manifesto following a rooftop protest. It is of course open to argument whether the manifesto commitment was a response to the protest at the home of Edward Timpson.  Mr Timpson was Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families in the previous government.  It follows he …

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May 23

Lawyers call for total no-fault divorce

A group of lawyers wants the new Parliament to legislate for total no-fault divorce. The idea was floated years ago, in John Major’s ill-fated Family Law Act 1996.  Despite that, it was never implemented. Divorce on ‘Irretrievable breakdown’ Many people do not know there is only one legal ground for divorce.  It is that the marriage has …

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Mar 02

Anti-Transgender bus banned from Barcelona

The anti-transgender bus is currently impounded in Madrid

A bus with an anti-transgender message in Spanish has been banned from Barcelona and not allowed to move in Madrid. And now a judge has supported Madrid’s capture of the bus, reports the BBC.  Jose Juan Escalonilla said the bus could not move until the slogans, including “if you are born a man, you are …

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Feb 21

Civil Partnership confusion

Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld are challenging the Civil Partnership Act

The UK Government’s Civil Partnership law has been thrown into confusion by a case heard today in the Court of Appeal. Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld brought a case demanding the right to enter into a Civil Partnership.  Currently, under the Civil Partnership Act, only homosexuals can apply.  Or to be more specific, unrelated persons of …

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Sep 22

Council look anew at child care case

In legal cases what is said between advocates in a conference room is often as important as what happens in court. And so it proved on Wednesday last week (14th September 2016) at Walsall Family Court, where a local authority was forced to go back to the drawing board in a child care case. ACQUITTAL …

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Sep 12

Judge: ‘Not Guilty’ doesn’t mean ‘Innocent’

Update 22/09/2016: Click here for Council look anew at care case. A senior family court judge told a court last Friday (9th September 2016) that a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict in the criminal court did not mean the defendants were innocent. Judge Rosalind Bush said a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict merely meant the jury had not been …

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Jun 21

Bexley opposes children’s return

By Stephen Green (Update 22nd November 2016: At the latest hearing yesterday, instead of agreeing to a plan to return the children forthwith, the local authority opposed it.  There will now be a contested hearing in early March 2017.  So the injustice and the emotional harm being done to the children by Bexley continues, at …

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