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Boy should be sent to live with father, High Court concludes

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A 12 year-old should be sent to live with his father to restore their relationship, a High Court Judge ruled in a recently published case. PA v TT and H concerned a couple from a Sikh background who had married in 2005 and separated in 2007. They had one son, referred to in the judgement as ‘H’. The breakdown of the marriage was acrimonious, and there had been no less than five previous sets of proceedings concerning arrangements for the boy. These included allegations of domestic abuse, which were dismissed. Prior to the beginning of the sixth set of proceedings,…

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Younger victims of domestic violence could be “collateral damage of Brexit”

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Children in families riven by domestic violence could be “collateral damage” of Britain’s exit from the EU a charity has claimed. Action for Children said whichever government takes the reins following the general election must guarantee support for children affected by the issue. The call came following the publication of new research conducted by the charity with the University of Stirling. This included interviews with staff from no less than 30 local councils around the country. The findings suggest that one in ten local councils provide no support all to children who have experienced domestic violence, while more than 60…

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‘Investigate family court cases reported by the media’ says Family Division President

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Family court cases highlighted by the media should be investigated for any failures to protect children and other vulnerable victims, the President of the Family Division has claimed. Speaking at a recent conference on domestic abuse held by legal charity Support Through Court (formerly known as the Personal Support Unit), Sir Andrew McFarlane endorsed the interest taken by some newspapers in the family court system, noting that two are currently running campaigns on the issue. But he highlighted a disconnect between the personal accounts often given to journalists and the rulings subsequently published, which are routinely anonymised: “In almost every…

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Children should spend time with alienated father court rules

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A mother who had pressured her children into rejecting their father must allow them to build a healthy relationship, a family court judge has ruled. During a High Court session in Brighton, His Honour Judge Bedford noted that disputes between the parents dated back many years. “The two children in this case have been the subject of litigation, on and off, for much of their lives, one child being aged 11 years and 5 months and the other children being 10 years and one month. “ He explained: “Fortunately for the children, contact took place on a regular basis following the…

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