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parenting | Cambridge Family Law Practice

When two worlds collide

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As family lawyers we bear witness to a great many distressing situations. We have to develop emotional toughness, because if we felt every pain caused to our fellow men and women deeply and personally, we’d be no use as lawyers or mediators. Because of that, it’s rare when reported cases get to us, and one this week really has: it’s judgment on an application by a father of 5 children in the Orthodox Jewish community for contact with those children, complicated by the fact that this father is transgender and now living outside the community as a woman. It’s also…

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Celebrities are people too

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This last week has brought about news of another celebrity divorce. You can’t have failed to notice the reports of what is probably Hollywood’s biggest separation since Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor broke up. Angelina Jolie has apparently filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, and as a result the world seems to be staring open-mouthed in their direction wondering what will happen next. Through all the gossip, scandal and conjecture, it’s easy to overlook that these megastars are just ordinary people like the rest of us, trying to do the best for themselves and their family. The end of any…

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Competing rights – parents and children

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We’re hearing a lot about the influence of Europe at the moment within the ‘Brexit/Bremain’ debate about our EU membership. One of the most influential pieces of legislation influenced by Europe is our Human Rights Act 1998, which enshrined the European Convention of Human Rights so it is directly enforceable by the courts of England and Wales. Although under review by the current government, some of whose members wish to see it repealed, this law has shaped the way our judges interpret many of the other laws under which we live. It has had a particular effect where family justice…

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Taken out of context

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Back in the good old days when most of us at CFLP were training in family law, emails and texts were figments of a future imagination. They were as likely to become part of our daily lives as hoverboards and space tourism. If separated parents had things to sort out regarding children’s arrangements, they would phone each other or, if that wasn’t appropriate, write letters. Or their solicitors would, of course, as indeed we still do where necessary. But society’s patterns of communication are now very different, and this brings both opportunities and challenges where parenting negotiations take place. These…

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