News & articals on family law

Courtroom Violence Father Receives Mercy

A father who attacked his ex-wife and an usher in a courtroom explosion of rage as his decade-long battle for custody of his son collapsed has been shown mercy by the country’s most senior family judge – who, in declining to jail him, found that he had ‘suffered enough’.

The father had repeatedly punched his ex-wife and hit the usher who tried to restrain him in the midst of a


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Legal Aid Ruling Signals Straitened Times

In what will be viewed as another signal of straitened times in the legal profession, the High Court was not convinced by claims that a leading law firm should be paid double the normal legal aid rate after being instructed to give ‘expert’ advice on the immigration status of a mother embroiled in cross-border family proceedings.

The mother was resident in Pakistan but her children were cared for by their


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Father Blames Son’s Adoption on ‘Housing Crisis’

A father who argued that he lost his young son to adoption – because South East England’s ‘housing crisis’ had made it impossible for him to find a suitable family home – has failed to convince the Court of Appeal that the boy should be returned to his care.

The man had been seeking custody of his three-year-old son since he was placed in foster care by Suffolk County Council


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