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Category: Family

Court orders that girl should live with grandmother

Court orders that girl should live with grandmother

The parents had what was described in court as a “tumultuous relationship”. They had left their daughter with her maternal grandmother when she was one and a half years old. They later took her back but the authorities became concerned that they weren’t providing her with adequate care. Proceedings began and during a fact-finding hearing…

Judge wants to reform laws on divorce and cohabitation

Judge wants to reform laws on divorce and cohabitation

Sir Paul Coleridge says an independent commission should be set up to look at ways of reforming the law relating to divorce and cohabitation because family relationships are now “unrecognisable” from 60 years ago when the last review was carried out. Sir Paul, who sits as Mr Justice Coleridge in the High Court, said that…

Divorcing couples must consider mediation before court action

Divorcing couples must consider mediation before court action

This rule already exists for couples using legal aid. Now it will be extended to all couples. From 6th April onwards, the person disputing the divorce terms will have to go to a professional mediator who will then contact the other spouse and arrange a mediation awareness session. The divorcing couple can attend individually or…

New Year’s resolutions to protect yourself and your family

New Year’s resolutions to protect yourself and your family

Make a will or bring your existing will up to date Making a will is one the easiest and best things you can do to protect the interests of the people you care about, it’s also the only way of ensuring that your wealth is passed on in the way you want. Unfortunately, many people…

Children ‘not too young’ to choose mother instead of father

Children ‘not too young’ to choose mother instead of father

A woman has won the right to keep her children with her in England after a court ruled that an eight-year-old and a six-year-old were not too young to have their views taken into account during a parental dispute. The case involved a couple who had three children during their marriage. The family had lived…