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    Are remote family courts really horribly cruel?

    Are remote family courts really horribly cruel? Yesterday (4 June 2020), the BBC reported that remote hearing for family courts are ‘horribly cruel’.   Since lockdown began, family hearings have been taking place remotely either via telephone or video link. In fact, from 23 March to 6 April, audio hearings across all courts and tribunals in […] More

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    The dad who gave birth – the judgment

    30 April 2020 Yesterday, Freddy McConnell lost his latest legal bid to be registered on the birth certificate as the father not the mother as the Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal.  Freddy was appealing against a decision made by a High Court judge that a person who carries and gives birth to a baby […] More

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    Family law and the Coronavirus: a few thoughts

    I am reminded of the title of the seventeenth-century ballad The World Turned Upside Down. Following the daily news, it seems as if all the old certainties have been swept away by a small infectious agent that replicates inside the living cells of an organism. It is, of course, true that the Coronavirus will change […] More

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    Top family law stories: Streamed cases, Cafcass statistics and coronavirus

    In a desperately awful week for news generally, here are my choices for the top family law stories: Court of Appeal family cases to be live-streamed Family hearings at the Court of Appeal are to be live-streamed, under a joint initiative by the judiciary and government to boost transparency in the justice system. The initiative […] More

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    Are family courts biased against mothers… or is it fathers?

    A serious topic Are family courts biased? First of all, apologies if you feel that the title of this post is somewhat flippant. I do understand that this is a serious topic and that many people have very strong feelings upon it. In both directions. But I still feel that the title is appropriate, as […] More

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    A week in family law: the ruler of Dubai, abuse by police and biased courts

    My choices for the top family law news stories of the week: President makes damning findings against the ruler of Dubai The President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane has made damning findings against the ruler of Dubai, in the course of ongoing proceedings relating to the welfare of two of his children. In […] More

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    Lords debate Divorce Bill – Part 2

    Divorce Bill: Continuing my look at the highlights of the recent committee stage debate of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill on the House of Lords: When should the 20 week period begin? The next proposed amendment I want to look at was moved by Lord Farmer and is one that I believe I may […] More