About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

In the news

The Daily Mail runs a piece on the difficulties facing grandparents in getting contact after parents split up.

In the same paper an article about a perhaps surprisingly compassionate approach to a mother who threw her baby out of a window.


The Times has a feature on CMEC and the seven year timetable for cases to be transferred to the new agency from the CSA. The same topic was covered in a piece on Woman's Hour (you can listen to this piece online). It was emphasised that parents on benefits will no longer be forced to go via the CSA. No comment was made about the fact that one of the main intentions of the CSA was to make the non-resident parent contribute to the upkeep of their children or that the problem with this was that the resident parent on benefits rarely received any additional money as a result since it was all about recouping the money to the public purse. See also John Bolch's comment on CMEC and links on Family Lore .

This BBC feature covers the first celebrity civil partnership split up and Anne Kay of Boodle Hatfield summarises the legal approach to civil partnership dissolution.

The Guardian comments on the House of Lords comments in the case of EM (Lebanon) to the effect that Sharia law is incompatible with human rights legislation. Their Lordships were particularly concerned that in the Lebanon, according to Sharia law, the mother's 7 year old child would be placed in the custody of his father automatically without any consideration of the interests of the child or without her even having a right to contact (do parents have one here? Discuss).

The Guardian also suggests that more parents are using lawyers to secure their children places in schools here .

Community Care assesses recent research on the link between cruelty to animals and cruelty to children. The research concluded that though there seems to be a link between domestic violence and cruelty to animals the link to cruelty to children is not well evidenced.


Community Care also reports on
* Beverley Hughes' concerns about the impact of the credit crunch on children's services ;
* children still being placed in multiple care placements ; and
* the Fostering Network's concerns about lack of support for foster carers' natural children .

Raina Sheridan comments in the Guardian about the negative impact of children being forced out of foster homes when they reach 18.

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