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welfare | 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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Parental responsibility and responsible parenting

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The concept of parental responsibility for children is one of the core principles of family law. Parental responsibility means the legal rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority a parent has for a child and the child’s property, and a person who has parental responsibility for a child has the right and obligation to make decisions about their care and upbringing. (If you want more information about who has parental responsibility automatically and how it can be acquired, click here.) The law now makes clear the attitude of the family courts for years: that children benefit from both parents being in…

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