Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov 27

Legal Profession Putting Out Misleading News About Legal Aid for Mediation

Mediation is still available through legal aid Despite the misleading news by the legal profession, legal aid is still available for mediation. Misreporting by The Guardian, Misreporting by BBC, Misreporting by National Family Mediation, Misleading article by law society gazette Many couples going through a separation may be completely unaware that Legal Aid is in …

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Nov 27

8 Ways to Protect Children During Divorce

1) Before you divorce try marriage Counselling. If there is any chance of saving the marriage then go for it. Children fare best inside a complete unbroken family. 2) Wait until the children are mature enough to cope with your divorce. Sometimes just plodding on for a few years with the marriage can protect the …

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Nov 19

The Children and Family Relationships Bill 2013 is set to Modernise Irish Family Law.

With the force of European Court of Human Rights bearing down on Irish Law, A new bill has been drawn up that will recognise previously excluded categories of people, making them visible and equal under the law. Also the Convention on the rights of the child is forcing changes to children’s rights in adoption. The …

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Nov 14

Birth Control Deception is Rape, but only if you are a man.

A Nova Scotia man in an appeal court was convicted of sexual assault for putting pin holes in condoms before having sex with his girlfriend. She became pregnant as a result. In the lower court he was acquitted of assault, but on appeal he was found guilty. Now the case is being re-examined in the …

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Nov 14

Religion Clashes with Medicine in Right to Life Case

In the Court of Protection, cases involving decisions about people who are mentally incapacitated in some way, it was ruled that a 72 year old man who had had severe brain damage from a stroke should be allowed to die. The man and his family, were Muslim and as part of their religion, suffering would …

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Nov 12

Justice Munby Plans to Open up England and Wales Secret Courts

One of England’s most senior judges has pledged to expose family courts to public scrutiny to avoid miscarriages of justice and restore public confidence. Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division of the High Court, said parents of children taken into care must no longer be gagged by the courts and journalists should be …

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Nov 10

Judge Rules Mothers Must Pressurise Children to go to Access

THE Family Court has warned separated parents that they are required to hand over children for access visits, whether the children want to go or not. It is often the case that reluctant children once they go to the father after an initial miserable period actually settle down and enjoy the time they spend with …

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Nov 10

8 Things Children Want Most in Mediation

According to Berni Davis from Berkshire Mediation Service 1. Please don’t argue in front of us 2. We don’t like it when you criticise or bad mouth each other. 3. It makes us feel good when you get on. 4. We don’t have to worry so much if you talk together about things that affect …

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Nov 08

Court Refusing to Recognise Irish Couple’s Adoption of Mexican Girl

An Irish couple have asked the High Court to overturn the Adoption Authority of Ireland’s refusal to recognise their adoption of a young Mexican girl. The court is refusing on a legal technicality to recognise the adoption though all parties agree the child’s wellbeing would be guaranteed by recognising the adoption. 18 other adoptions are …

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Nov 06

CAFCASS to be controlled by ministry of justice on April 2014

The welfare of children and families will be brought to the heart of the court system when a key safeguarding organisation moves to the Ministry of Justice, Family Justice Minister Lord McNally has announced. The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) will transfer to the Ministry of Justice in April 2014. Cafcass …

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