NEWS and BLOGS 2018-01-27T10:02:32+00:00

New Research shows Fathers to be Disadvantaged in the world of ‘the family’

New research from the Fatherhood Institute, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, shows that men are disadvantaged in family life, in a number of respects. The report claims that The wider British culture is not, in the main, supportive of couples who want to ‘do things differently’ by sharing earning and caring more equally. It says that the media portray fathers as not being engaged in intimate care-giving, or that, when they are, they are portrayed as bungling and incompetent, even though only 13% of Britons think that it’s the man’s job to work and the woman’s to raise the [...]

December 20th, 2017|

Legal Aid, and Public Law vs Private Law

Legal Aid, and Public Law vs Private Law What have these ostensibly disparate subjects got to do with each other, and why do we care?  Well, the common factor is justice. Introduction Legal Aid is not available in family cases apart from where there is domestic abuse (‘DA’).  This, STOPPA argues, means, for all practical purposes, ‘DV’ (Domestic Violence). For a case to be treated as a public law case, there needs to be a risk of significant harm. Section 31 (2) of the Act reads: (2)  A court may only make a care order or supervision [...]

December 20th, 2017|

Section 31 (2) Children Act 1989, and the meaning of ‘Significant’

Section 31 (2) Children Act 1989, and the meaning of ‘Significant’ S 31 of the Children Act 1989 says this: “31               Care and Supervision (1)  On the application of any local authority or authorised person, the court may make an order— (a)  placing the child with respect to whom the application is made in the care of a designated local authority; or (b)  putting him under the supervision of a designated local authority . . .. (2)  A court may only make a care order or supervision order if it is satisfied— (a)  that the child concerned is [...]

December 20th, 2017|

Parental Alienation Cases…Who’s in charge?

Parental Alienation Cases…Who’s in charge? Well… One thing everybody in ‘the system’ knows – it ain’t you, the targeted parent (‘TP’)! The child is not in charge, because the authentic voice of the child is not heard.  In PA cases, the child simply is a conduit for the words of the alienating parent (‘AP’), a view parroted, more often than not by CAFCASS, which is why ‘wishes and feelings’ reports are completely useless and should be abolished. Many judges will then parrot what CAFCASS say, and refer to CAFCASS as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the court [...]

December 20th, 2017|