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Mother of three year old girl becomes the first person convicted of FGM in the UK (6 February 2019)

This month, the mother of a three year old girl became the first person to be convicted of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK. The landmark ruling has been welcomed by campaigners who hope it will encourage other victims to come forward and report the crime.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child Care

The Domestic Abuse Draft Bill Offers Wider Protection to Victims of Abuse (30 January 2019)

On the 21 January 2019, the Government released a Domestic Abuse Draft Bill containing proposed changes to the way domestic abuse is categorised and dealt with in the UK. The draft bill aims to offer greater protection to those who suffer domestic abuse.   Read more...

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Thinking about Surrogacy? (25 January 2019)

Following a recent surrogacy case which has prompted a change in surrogacy law, we discuss surrogacy and everything you need to know about The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order 2018 which came into force on 3 January. It is important to understand how the law can protect both surrogates and those looking to go down the surrogate route to have their children. We can help you answer the questions you may have before, during and after the baby is born.   Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child Care

Parental Alienation (15 October 2018)

Parental alienation, in relation to family court cases, is difficult to define due to the fact that the degree of impact parental alienation has on a child remains under debate. Broadly speaking, parental alienation occurs when a child begins rejecting one parent largely due to the influence and/or manipulation of the other.   Read more...

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Sapphire Stait Offers Free Legal Advice to Women at the Birmingham Freedom Project (10 July 2018)

Childcare and Family Solicitor Sapphire Stait has set up a free legal advice clinic at the Birmingham Freedom Project in Kings Heath, Birmingham, providing legal advice on family and childcare matters to those women who have been affected by domestic abuse.   Read more...

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Children put forward for adoption on the rise – what this means (29 June 2018)

According to the Freedom of Information (FOI) inquiry conducted by Professor Andy Bilson of the University of Central Lancashire, which took results from 70 local authorities in the UK, the number of children adopted and the number made subject to section 47 enquiries has increased by 50% in 5 years.   Read more...

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The Government announce £6 million funding for children of alcoholics (24 April 2018)

The government have pledged to fund £6 million towards support for children with parents who are alcoholics and has planned to create programs to offer that support and advice for children whose parents suffer from alcoholism by including fast access to mental health service and offering treatment programs to help parents overcome their addictions.  Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child Care

The Ministry of Justice Announces Changes to Current Legal Aid System for Victims of Domestic Violence (10 January 2018)

Since the changes introduced by the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 came into force on 1st April 2013, many vulnerable people have not been eligible for legal aid funding for legal services in certain family law matters such as contact and residence disputes. The rules stated that in order to be eligible for legal aid in certain family law matters, the client needed to show that either they have been the victim of domestic abuse or that social services have concerns about their children due to the opponent’s behaviour. The Legal Aid Agency is strict in terms of what they accept as evidence of domestic abuse. A requirement of showing evidence of domestic violence within the previous 2 years was initially imposed, which was extended to 5 years in abuse cases.   Read more...


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