Author: Alison Green

Child returned to mother after judge blasts social workers

A mother who was criticised for failing to meet the needs of her son by not taking him out for ice cream has been exonerated of any wrongdoing.

Family courts not equipped to deal with modern families, suggests tops judge

Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, hopes family courts will soon become a “one-stop shop” for all of a family’s needs.

Hundreds of special guardians receive backpay following ombudsman investigation

A council’s special guardian policy left hundreds of families “out of pocket”, according to a new report.

Heterosexual civil partnership row to be heard before Supreme Court today

A landmark case involving a heterosexual couple campaigning for legal recognition without getting married will go to the Supreme Court today.

£6 million worth of funding to help children with alcoholic parents

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced funding for its plans to increase support to children living with alcoholic parents.

The Split

The new BBC drama “The Split” about a family of female divorce solicitors started on Tuesday this week.  The new series seems to have divided viewers and the reaction has been very mixed.  The family team at Mackrell Turner Garrett are sadly in agreement with those who have questioned the accuracy of the portrayal of…
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Trackers should notify domestic abuse victims, say campaigners

Campaigners have suggested fitting convicted stalkers and domestic abusers with GPS trackers in order to protect victims from further harm.

Judge overturns will after cohabitee leaves elderly partner with nothing

An elderly woman who was left with nothing after her millionaire partner excluded her from his will has won a High Court case.

Family Court judge criticises cohabitation laws

A top Family Court judge has said the laws governing cohabitation need to be desperately changed. Sir James Munby also criticised the rules surrounding no-fault divorce, financial relief after divorce, access to family justice and domestic abuse in a recent speech at the Law School of the University of Edinburgh. “The frequency of the occasions…
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Council criticised for child legal failings

A Family Court judge has criticised a council after a string of legal failings concerning the handling of children in its care.