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Family lawyers sound alarm on separating parents (Wed, 20 Aug 2014)
Separating parents are giving up on the courts and may take the law into their own hands in trying to see their children, family lawyers have warned. This follows publication of new figures showing a sharp drop in the number of private family law cases [Law Society Gazette]
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Turn children's centres into 'family hubs', says think-tank (Tue, 15 Jul 2014)
Children’s centres should be scrapped and replaced with ‘family hubs’ that also offer advice on relationships support, according to the think-tank The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ). [Children & Young People Now]
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Fully Committed? How government could reverse family breakdown (Mon, 14 Jul 2014)
New report criticises successive governments for sleepwalking into a family breakdown crisis, saying that 15-year-olds in the UK are now more likely to have a Smart Phone than their dad at home. [Centre for Social Justice)
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The parenting 'expert' doing more harm than good (Tue, 17 Jun 2014)
Penelope Leach says that the child of separated couple can be damaged if they don't spend every night with their mother. [Independent]
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Family court case spanning 13 years is 'longest case' in history, judge says (Sat, 14 Jun 2014)
A family court case which has taken almost 13 years is believed by a judge to be the longest running in history. [Telegraph]
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Custody battle father's £86,000 payout after social worker falsely accused him of abusing his daughter (Mon, 09 Jun 2014)
A father was arrested and banned from seeing his daughter after a social worker falsely accused him of abusing the little girl. Jonathan Coupland, 53, was handcuffed in front of his neighbours, thrown in a cell and interrogated for ten hours after Suzi Smith claimed she saw him sexually assaulting his daughter Jessica, then six. The social worker is said to have made the allegation in a fit of pique after the single father criticised the way she was handling a custody battle with his former partner. [DailyMail]
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ManKind's Domestic Violence Video Shows The Double Standards Between Male And Female Victims (Wed, 28 May 2014)
From day one it's drummed into us that a man shouldn't hit a woman, and that a boy shouldn't hit a girl. But what happens if the tables are turned and, suddenly, the woman becomes the aggressor and the man turns into the victim? It's an uncomfortable question. But, seeing as 40% of domestic violence victims in the UK are men - that's two in every five cases - it is necessary. And, sadly, it's seldom asked. [Huffington Post]
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Empty days, lonely nights (Tue, 06 May 2014)
A belief that children under three should not stay overnight with their separated or divorced father has underpinned our family law system for years. Has it all been a mistake? [The Age]
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Take divorce out of judges’ hands (Tue, 29 Apr 2014)
Divorce could be taken out of the hands of judges and dealt with by a ‘registrar of births, deaths, marriages and divorces’, the head of the family court has suggested. [Law Society Gazette]
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Family court reforms criticised (Mon, 28 Apr 2014)
Reforms to the family court are causing delays and making it harder for the public to gain access, an early adopter of the new system has claimed. [Law Society Gazette]
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Judge Sir Paul Coleridge retires and calls for end to family breakdown (Thu, 17 Apr 2014)
Sir Paul Coleridge says something must be done to stop the "misery" of family breakdown as he retires as a senior High Court judge in the Family Division. [Telegraph]
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Single Family Court - family justice system reforms (Tue, 08 Apr 2014)
The single Family Court will be implemented on 22 April. On the same day, the majority of the family justice provisions in the Children and Families Act will come into force. [Family Law]
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Civil legal aid: access denied (Mon, 07 Apr 2014)
Figures suggest that in December 2013, only 4% of cases started with both parties represented and 42% with neither side represented. The report suggests the cuts resulted in more cases being contested, with a 27% rise in applications relating to access and custody, and lawyer-free cases taking longer. [Law Society Gazette]
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Midwives, GPs and registrars to help tackle family breakdown (Mon, 24 Mar 2014)
Midwives, GPs and registrars will be enlisted to help couples stay together and reduce levels of family breakdown under government plans, The Daily Telegraph has learned. Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions secretary, is examining series of new policies aimed at reducing the "stigma" surrounding counselling and relationship support services. [Telegraph]
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Mother loses custody battle over ‘permissive’ parenting style (Mon, 17 Feb 2014)
A judge ruled that the women’s “very permissive” style of parenting was harming the boys’ well-being, allowing them to grow up without proper “boundaries” and damaging their educational prospects. She ruled that the women, who appeared to be blinded by an “almost pathological” hatred of her former husband, had also denied the boys exposure to and experience of their extended family on their father’s side. [Telegraph]
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Putting Children First now available to parents in Australia

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Putting Children First

a success on the Isle of Wight

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