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16th View from the President’s Chambers: Children and vulnerable witnesses: where are we?

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In relation to recommendation 2, I said that I had been arguing for a similar bar in the Family Court to that in the Youth and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 'but without success to date'. I observed that 'There are clear resource implications so this is properly a matter for ministers.' I added, 'I have yet to detect any firm sign that ministers are prepared to extend the criminal arrangement to family proceedings.' I went on: 'Last year the Ministry of Justice conducted research into private law cases where the court was faced with the prospect of an alleged perpetrator [...]

Family Mediation Week highlights £48 billion cost of family breakdown to the taxpayer as charity cal…

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Family Mediation Association spokesperson, Beverley Sayers added: 'Family Mediation Week helps raise awareness amongst separating couples that lawyers and courts aren’t their only divorce option. If both parties can stay patient and open minded, there are much better and cheaper alternatives to going to court,including mediation, and collaborative family law and arbitration. These are usually quicker, cheaper and less confrontational than the traditional court process, making a big difference to any kids involved in what is a hurtful time for everyone in the family.' Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, Sir Oliver Heald said: 'I am a strong [...]

The deprivation of a child’s liberty

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The making of a secure accommodation order lies at the extreme end of the court’s powers. However, they are not uncommon. They are, in fact, fairly regularly used in relation to teenagers who put themselves in risky and harmful situations, apparently through choice. Such an application will usually arise following a period of time in foster care or residential accommodation. They will often involve teenagers who are the victims of sexual exploitation or who engage in alcohol and/or drug misuse. The deprivation of a child’s liberty is something which family practitioners have, perhaps unavoidably, become hardened to. The case of [...]

Manimony – When Husband’s Receive Alimony

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Role Reversal: Women Paying Their Ex-Husbands Alimony? By Richard Renkin Women having to pay alimony to their ex-husbands isn’t unheard of. In fact, the trend also known as manimony is one that’s becoming increasingly more common. Women have fought hard for social equality and have worked their way up corporate ladders, taking home increasingly more money each year. However, with great paychecks comes great responsibility. If you happen to be the breadwinner of the family and you’re considering divorce, don’t be surprised if your soon-to-be ex-husband requests alimony support. The times have drastically changed. Recent numbers from the Bureau of [...]

When Assets are Hidden Before Divorce

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We’d like to believe our soon-to-be-former partners are honest people, but that’s not always the case. After all, dishonesty may be the reason you’re seeking a divorce in the first place. Even if you have no reason to suspect your ex is lying to you, you still have good reason to be weary of their finances heading into divorce proceedings.  A study conducted by Harris Poll found that two in five Americans with combined finances have admitted to committing financial infidelity against their partners. That’s just the percent of the population that was willing to admit it. The real ratio [...]