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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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Family courts mishandling domestic abuse lawyers claim

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Here at Cambridge Family Law Practice we have seen an increase in sharp time limits placed on even the most complex domestic abuse cases, which may feature multiple allegations over an extended period of time. Our partner, Tricia Ashton comments: “This of course impacts on the extent to which the allegations of abuse are explored….It is certainly our experience that the Court will limit the number of allegations to no more than ten, for example. The question in every case is whether this strikes the right balance between actively managing the case (which the Judge is required to do) and…

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What happens if you lose your job during divorce?

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There are few times in life when your finances will come under greater scrutiny than during divorce. In order to negotiate a fair financial settlement between you and your former partner, it is necessary to declare your income in full, along with all your financial assets, on the famous Form E, a document that anyone who has been through a divorce will recall vividly. But what happens if financial disaster strikes during this complex process? What happens, in short, if you lose your job – or your spouse does? Finding oneself unemployed is always a stressful event –your life has…

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