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Parental substance misuse - child care proceedings

Victoria Gethin
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Celebrities and drug scandals are in the news nearly every week. The latest celebrity to fall into the spotlight for this is Katie Price. Katie’s life has been well documented by the media and now a video has come to light of her on holiday...

What to do when a parent abducts a child and how to prevent it

Tim Galbraith
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A mother of three children, two of them born in Britain, has pleaded guilty to abduction following removing the children from the UK and relocating to Alaska without the knowledge or consent of their father. The background A man and woman met in...

Stand united against domestic abuse

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It’s 2018 and England have reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in 28 years. While most of us will be backing an England win on Wednesday, through every moment of togetherness and excitement, when England wins, there is a...

'Celebrity mother' case and child care proceedings

Victoria Gethin
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Reports have surfaced today that a ‘celebrity mother’ - who cannot be named for legal reasons - has had two of her children removed and placed into foster care. Although her identity remains confidential, it is understood that the mother is...

Cheryl and Liam Payne split: how might they avoid a dispute over child contact?

Victoria Gethin
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After months of speculation Cheryl and Liam Payne have announced their separation. The couple confirmed their relationship in February 2016 and had a son, Bear, in March 2017. Both Cheryl and Liam posted tweets about the separation and both stated...

Supreme Court rules in favour of heterosexual couples being granted the right to a civil partnership

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The Supreme Court has today ruled in favour of allowing heterosexual couples the right to elect to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage, after a lengthy court battle in which a mixed-sex couple argued that their Human Rights were being breached...

When can social services remove a child from the care of their parents?

Victoria Gethin
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The powers of social services have once again been brought to the attention of the public. This follows the case of a nurse whose one year old child was removed from her care by social services. It was reported that a social worker raised concerns...

Push for change: making child contact safer for children and victims of domestic abuse

Karen Atkins
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A recent study carried out by Women’s Aid highlights the experience of victims of domestic abuse within the family courts. Victims have revealed that their experiences have been negative and traumatising. Recommendations have been put forward to...

Should civil partnerships be an alternative to marriage for everyone?

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This week the Supreme Court heard the case of different-sex couple Rebecca Steinfeld, and Charles Keidan. The couple entered into a legal battle as they wish to enter into a civil partnership rather than a marriage. They seek the right to enter into a...

Are parent's rights protected during care proceedings?

Andrew Mountain
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Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998 provides that "everyone has the right to respect for private and family life". How is this right maintained when the state intervenes and a care order in respect of the child of a family is made? A care...

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