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One direction baby

It has been revealed this week that Louis Tomlinson from the band One Direction is to be a father following a brief relationship with an American stylist named Brianna Jungwirth. It has since been reported that although both families are getting on there has been talk of lawyers becoming involved. When people have a baby […]

Celebrity splits

Its been a busy couple of weeks for celebrity separations with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announcing they are to divorce after 10 years of marriage and 3 children. This was followed by the separation of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick who also have three young children. Closer to home it is being reported that […]

More Money to speed up adoption

It is being reported that the government is going to pledge an additional £30 million to help speed up the adoption process. The funding will be announced in Wednesday’s budget. It will be given to local authorities  to help them speed up the matching process of children and adoptive parents particularly across geographical borders which can be […]

Tragic waste of couple’s assets

In a mu judgement last week the Judge criticised the couple who had spent over £1 million in legal fees arguing over a fund with a value of £6 million. Mr and Mrs Fields had separated after a 10 year marriage and had two young children. They then engaged in a four year dispute over […]

Special guardianship orders (SGO’s) rise as adoptions fall

BBC News reports that it has seen data which show that the number of special guardianship orders made in England has tripled in two years. The number of babies involved, it says, rose from 160 in 2012 to 520 in 2014. Most of the children are aged four or under. Meanwhile, the number of children […]

Should your Ex be responsible for promoting contact with your child? The answer appears to be, Yes.

The Senior Judge of the Family Division Sir James Munby has sent out a reminder to separated parents that it is their obligation to encourage contact with the non-resident parent? In Re H-B (Contact) the court heard that contact between a father and his daughters had stopped in 2008 following an incident between the father’s […]

Heart attacks more likely for divorced people

US research recently published has suggested that those who get divorced are more likely to go on and have a heart attack than those who remain married. The risk of heart attack increased for both men and women but divorced women were particularly affected being 24% more likely to have a heart attack than those […]

DIY Justice

Last week the BBC’s Panorama investigated the issue of so called “DIY Justice” in family law. This refers to the situation many parents now find themselves in whereby if they wish to make an application to the family courts they have to do so without the assistance of a solicitor. This problem has been made […]

Wife allowed to make claim after 20 years

The decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Kathleen Wyatt and Dale Vince underlines the need for divorcing couples to sort out their finances even if they have no money. The couple separated and divorced 20 years ago. They had one son and no money having lived a new age traveller lifestyle Ms […]

Judge accuses social services of “social engineering”

The country’s most senior family Judge Sir James Munby has criticised Darlington Borough Council for what he described as social engineering. The local authority had made applications for care orders and placement orders in respect of a one year old child. Their plan was to place the child for adoption. The child’s mother had concluded […]

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