About the Family Law Week blog
The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.
Thursday, 28 August 2008
The Telegraph reports on the potential use / misuse of the ContactPoint child protection database. The paper also reports on the introduction of chemical castration for paedophiles .
The Guardian reports on the demand by grandparents for a charter dealing with issues such as child care expectations which is being promoted through Grannynet . Perhaps we will soon be seeing grandparents making applications for 'no contact' orders?
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
What was more surprising was the impact that technology was having on his caseload. According to John,
"What is definitely apparent is the fact that the internet and text messages are
increasingly contributing factors in a relationship breakdown.
It might be that one of the parties has got in touch with an old flame via a social
networking site, or explicit text messages are being exchanged.
So while new technology is helping people keep in touch more easily, it is also making it easier for people to stray."
"I’m aware of cases where wives have tricked their husbands into living in the
UK for a few months and then sprung divorce proceedings on them, .....It also
helps that prenuptial agreements are not binding in this country.”
The Lawyer has also published a piece on the difficulties of forum shopping by Julian Lipson and Clare Blakemore of Withers. The key point of the article is that attempts to reduce forum shopping have instead created a minefield of legislation.
Monday, 25 August 2008
Monday, 18 August 2008
"The only way that extra cases can be accommodated is by squeezing out less
He also points out that the two days reserved for family and small claims matters are now dominated by repossession work.
Read more on this story on The Times website
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Incidentally, the updated list of accredited testing organisations is on the Ministry of Justice website with links to each of the accredited bodies.
The Times picks up on the findings of an Ofsted inspection in the South Yorkshire region, which highlighted the neglect of private law cases (as opposed to public law) and the inadequate attention being paid to cases involving allegations of domestic violence.
The Guardian picks up on a Refuge campaign aimed at promoting awareness of the early warning signs of domestic violence. The campaign is also covered by Sky News .
The Sheffield Telegraph features a podcast on Domestic Violence from Martin Loxley, Head of Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield Family Law Department.
The Hemeltoday website covers a new Hertfordshire police initiative on tackling domestic violence.
This Guardian piece by Vera Baird (Labour MP for Redcar & Solicitor General) discusses the proposals for reforming the law on murder including the 'domestic violence' defence. The proposals have also been covered in the Independent , & critically by Erin Pizzey in the Daily Mail .
Also of interest is the Guardian's coverage of the national crime map by local authority .
The full text of the judgment is now available on the main Family Law Week site
"Despite the fact that there had at no stage been a decision expressly divesting the applicant of her parental rights, her daughter was freed for adoption and the adoption proceedings were eventually completed without the participation of the applicant in any form, save for a telephone call as maintained by the Government. The Court has not overlooked the fact that the applicant was divested of the capacity to act. However, the Court has difficulty in accepting that every person divested of the capacity to act should be automatically excluded from adoption proceedings concerning his or her child, as the applicant was in the present case. The Court finds that it was not sufficient for the applicant to be only summarily informed by the relevant domestic authorities, while her parental rights were still intact, that adoption proceedings had been instituted in respect of her daughter. The Court considers that she should also have been given an opportunity to be heard in those proceedings and thus the possibility of expressing her views about the potential adoption of her daughter."
Although the procedures employed in Croatia are not on all fours with those in the UK when parents are represented by the Official Solicitor, the case certainly has resonance with the recent UK decision in relation to the OS and may well provide fuel for a further challenge of UK procedures.