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  • Thanks to everyone who took the trouble to complete our Christmas/New Year survey over the last few weeks. We received over 400 replies – a great result that helps us to put pressure on opinion formers, raise awareness of the issues as well as informing us on your experiences to enable us to respond better to your needs. We will be releasing the results very shortly. Towards the end of this month we will be meeting with Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division of the Court of England and Wales, on the subject of shared parenting time after separation. It will be an opportunity for us to assist in the thinking of the Judiciary on the allocation of time to each parent after separation. We are therefore again asking you to complete another survey to help us to better represent your experiences and views. The survey should take around 5 minutes to complete. The more responses we have the more likely it is that Sir James will attach weight to our representations. Please complete this by Tuesday 23rd February at 10am. Thank you. FNF Parenting Time Survey See: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FNF_Parenting_Time_Survey_Feb_2016

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    2016-02-13T20:14:56+0000
  • More worrying figures come out of the Ministry of Justice to highlight the rise in claims of domestic abuse. It is an unsettling coincidence that increased allegations of abuse appear to be a means for obtaining legal aid on the part of (mainly) women, and that this phenomenon seems to align with the removal of legal aid for other claims in the family court. It's hardly likely that since the cuts in legal aid, all these men have suddenly turned violent! In our own experience we come across many parents - also mostly men - whose children have clearly lost out due to unfounded allegations being made against their dads AND due to their mothers (only) obtaining legal again when neither party can afford expensive legal representation. So things are getting worse and the courts absolutely must make a stand and ensure that making unfounded or deliberately falsified sworn allegations in the family court are treated as perjury - just as they would be in most other courts. As the following article implies, not only the courts must make a stand, but the legal profession and others need to make sure that abusing the courts with false allegations is unacceptable. Besides, deliberately denying or subverting children's rights to a proper relationship with both their parents is a form of abuse which must not be condoned. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3435462/Huge-rise-domestic-violence-claims-legal-aid-clampdown-Figures-reveal-assault-allegations-doubled-ministers-axed-funding-divorce-cases.html

    MPs and campaigners believe cuts to legal aid made in the UK in 2013 have encouraged separating couples to make false or exaggerated claims of violence in order to avoid divorce costs.
    dailymail.co.ukMPs and campaigners believe cuts to legal aid made in the UK in 2013 have encouraged separating couples to make false or exaggerated claims of violence in order to avoid divorce costs.

    2016-02-08T12:23:45+0000
  • Why is it that inadequacies in the family law system are taking so long to fix? It's not rocket science, is it? Perhaps more like a need for modern and effective management. Great though it is, it's not enough for those at the top of organisations such as the Family Court, CAFCASS and others to transmit good guidance and great aspirations to their colleagues down the food chain - They also have an obligation to actually make better practice happen! Below is a link to some very pertinent comments from our friend Mike Robinson about this. Please read about the issues and some of the evidence of what we feel should be done about them. But then, what is the answer? One answer is for the Courts and for CAFCASS to properly - and perhaps independently - monitor the outcomes of cases, especially the intractable ones, over the years (and not just the hearings) that many of these cases take to play out. Through the ineffectiveness of the system in dealing with intractable cases, many children lose touch with one parent (usually dad) and the associated grandparents, friends and other relatives. And yet, still no good solution is evident. Proper records must be kept of the often devastating consequences for the children and the parents of allowing insufficiently monitored operatives to roam roughshod over guidance using (or sometimes completely ignoring) instead superficial forms and a tickbox mentality. "Tickbox Twits" and others who do not uphold the state's duty to ensure that separated parents behave responsibly should be identified. Failure in this duty should rightly be seen as abuse of their position of trust whether judge, social worker or indeed parent. What Mike Robinson says makes sense to us and it begs the overused but very apt expression: Who will guard the guardians? Who will make sure that Family Law and its infrastructure are properly accountable to the people who depend on it for effective justice? Tick boxers and others who do not uphold the state's duty to properly ensure that separated parents behave responsibly should be identified. Failure in this duty should rightly be seen as abuse of their position of trust whether judge, social worker or indeed parent. What Mike Robinson says makes sense to us and it begs the overused but very apt expression: Who will guard the guardians? Who will make sure that Family Law and its infrastructure are properly accountable to the people who depend on it for effective justice? Please also share on Twitter with hashtag #familylaw

    F (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 1315 is yet another case involving alienation where the handling of the case by the lower court was 'wholly inadequate'. Not my opinion (actually it is, and I agree...), but that of the Lords Justice who heard the appeal.
    thecustodyminefield.comF (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 1315 is yet another case involving alienation where the handling of the case by the lower court was 'wholly inadequate'. Not my opinion (actually it is, and I agree...), but that of the Lords Justice who heard the appeal.

    2016-02-04T15:32:26+0000
  • The case for responsible and civilised shared parenting is becoming more obvious with every passing day. Here's a report from the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jan/24/sharing-custody-childrens-mental-health-divorce-separation

    Divorce and separation can have a hugely detrimental impact on children. But Swedish studies show that having them live with each parent half the time is the best way to help them cope
    theguardian.comDivorce and separation can have a hugely detrimental impact on children. But Swedish studies show that having them live with each parent half the time is the best way to help them cope

    2016-01-27T20:53:13+0000

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