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Next President of the Family Division, The Rt Hon Lord Justice McFarlane delivers a keynote address to FNF

For immediate release 24/6/2018

Some 100 delegates concurred that their presence signified that family justice had “fallen short” and continued to be “depressing”.

 

Sir Andrew stressed the importance of fact finding where contested allegations are made and the importance of avoiding delay that prevents the making of arrangements that meet children’s welfare needs.

 

Allegations of parental alienation as much as of domestic abuse need to be “determined on the same basis” Sir Andrew said.

 

The judiciary are to consider whether the time is right for “Early Intervention” and guidance as to what “the norm” might be for child arrangements where there are no safeguarding risks.

 

On Saturday 23rd June Families Need Fathers, the UKs leading Shared Parenting charity, held a conference on the theme of restoring confidence in Family Justice. The Rt Hon Lord Justice McFarlane delivered the keynote address, tackling issues of domestic abuse allegations and parental alienation and the need to have early findings of fact in such cases in order to meet children’s welfare interests. He also charted a course for the future

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