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Family courts told not to “press the pause button”

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Family court judges should proceed with caution when postponing final decisions in a case, the Court of Appeal has declared. The case of S-L (Children: Adjournment) concerned a local authority’s appeal against a ruling made earlier this year. The recorder in that case had adjourned the council’s application for care and placement orders for two young children. The parents of the three year-old girl and her seven month old baby brother were suspected of neglect and had poor parenting skills. ‘Care and placement’ orders are twin rulings made by family courts to take children into care and then place them…

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Doctors ‘can perform caesarean on pregnant woman against her will’

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Doctors treating a mentally ill woman can conduct a caesarean section against her will, the Court of Protection has ruled. The unnamed woman, in the final stages of pregnancy, has insisted she does not want a C-section. But her medical team told Mr Justice Hayden that she has bipolar affective disorder, as well as a history of both depression and psychosis and they believe there is a real risk that she could relapse while in labour and make irrational decisions if serious complications occur. The Court of Protection is a division of the High Court which makes decisions on behalf…

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Five year-old ‘can receive blood transfusion’ Judge rules

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The critically-ill five year-old daughter of committed Jehovah’s Witnesses should receive a blood transfusion despite the religious objections of her parents, a Judge has ruled. Blood transfusions are forbidden by the evangelical Christian sect and members who willingly accept one for themselves or their children can be expelled. The girl is currently a patient at the Leeds Children’s Hospital and the local NHS Trust applied to the High Court for permission to intervene. Sitting in the Family Division of the High Court, Mr Justice Hayden noted the girl’s life was at risk without a transfusion. She suffers from sickle cell…

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Fathers should have ‘equal access’ to children, YouGov survey reports

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The majority of Britons would support a change in the law so that children spend equal amounts of time with both parents by default, according to a new survey. Welsh campaign group Families Need Fathers Both Parents Matter Cymru commissioned polling firm YouGov to survey 2,000 adults in different parts of the country. More than 80 per cent agreed with the statement that the law should be changed so family courts start with the assumption that children should spend equal amounts of time with both parents following divorce or separation, unless the children would be at risk in such an…

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