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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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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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Australian Family Court System in Meltdown

The 2006 shared parenting reforms in Australia left a lot of mother’s unhappy with the continued involvement with the father in the children’s lives. Last year’s changes to the Family Law Act has resulted in an unprecedented level of domestic violence and abuse allegations being made now more than 50%. Reports of abuse and violence …

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Legal Aid Cuts Results in Disastrous Drop in Divorce Mediation

The number of divorcing couples entering pre-court mediation is down by a third because of cuts in legal aid for lawyers. It has been observed that the only route left to obtain legal aid for lawyers is to make allegations of violence or abuse. Thousands of divorcing couples and their children are now heading straight …

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Justice Munby’s Guidelines on Jailing People in Secret Family Courts Ignored

In 2006 when questions were put to Harriet Harman on the number of people jailed in 2005 in secret in the Family courts, the answer was 200. Justice Munby’s guidelines in that people should not be jailed without a fair and public trial are being ignored. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Absolutely secrecy gives sustenance to …

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Wife Fined for Committing Perjury in Australian Family Court

Being so rare as to be newsworthy, an Australian wife in divorce proceedings has actually been fined over $3000(AUS) for commiting perjury. Perhaps the days of women lying in court with impunity are coming to an end. Full article here

Justice Munby Makes Declaration of Neutrality on Religious Matters

Sir James Munby, President of the Family courts of England and Wales comments on the secular position of the courts. From his speech, “We live in this country in a democratic and pluralist society in a secular state, not a theocracy. Judges have long since abandoned their pretensions to be the guardians of public morality”. …

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Lord Justice Munby Settled in as President of the Family Court

This is and was one of the better judges in the family high court in London. He has published 7 reports on family law since attaining office on how he would like family court judges, legal professionals, social services, NYAS, CAFCASS, expert witnesses and other family court professionals to operate. But, without any sanctions it …

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Mediation the way Forward in Big Money Divorces

Gold digging wives, millionaires mysteriously becoming bankrupt, the private lives of the rich and famous exposed to the media. This could be coming to an end in the Royal Courts of Justice according to high court judge, Justice Coleridge as he heads for retirement. He proposes pushing mediation as a way out of hostile and …

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Japan to Accede to 1980 Hague Convention on International Abduction

On 1st April 2014 Japan will no longer be a safe haven for parents wishing to abscond with the children to another country to escape courts at home. The abscondee will be forced by the family courts in Japan to return the children to the country they absconded from. Article here