Posts Tagged ‘Family Courts’

Media (PR) – Family Courts (Parents who abduct children should face longer in prison, says top judge)

13/12/2011

Judge, The Lord raised an interesting point.

Subjects: Family Courts; Childcare; Equality; Justice; NRP Rights; Parenting

… Lord Judge said: “The abduction of children from a loving parent is an offence of unspeakable cruelty to the loving parent and to the child or children, whatever they may later think of the parent from whom they have been estranged as a result of the abduction.” …

Comment by #wco: I whole heartedly agree with this quote from Lord Judge.
However the removal of contact with children from a loving Non Resident Parent is an offence of unspeakable cruelty to the loving parent and to the child or children too. All too often the “system” appears to forget that the reason so many NRP’s end up in court is precisely because of this “unspeakable cruelty” which is ignored by the Family Court system and the trauma endured to even get to court far certainly (in the words of Lord Judge) ‘does not meet “true justice”, especially for the other “loving parent”‘.

This tragic abuse of child and Non Resident Parent should be treated as seriously as Lord Judge says, with punishment for the Parent With Care, and their collaborators including “care” agencies & legal teams, that inflicts this systematic and “unspeakable cruelty”

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More information can be read at:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8954072/Parents-who-abduct-children-should-face-longer-in-prison-says-top-judge.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/tom-whitehead/

Published: 13/12/2011 18:15:00
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Gov Written Answer – Family Courts (Justice: Family Justice Review)

28/04/2011

Morris, David raised an interesting point.

Subjects: Family Courts; Equality; Childcare; Justice; Legal Aid; NRP Rights; Parenting

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department’s Family Justice Review will address disparities in the way courts deal with residency and access requests for mothers and fathers; and when he expects the Review to report.

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Other Contacts: Djanogly, Jonathan

More information can be read at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-03-28a.49427.h

Published: 28/03/2011 12:00:00
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Gov Written Answer – Family Courts (Justice: Contact Order Enforcement)

28/04/2011

Raab, Dominic raised an interesting point.

Subjects: Family Courts; Equality; Justice; NRP Rights; Parenting

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for enforcement orders in respect of contact orders under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 were granted to parents in 2009.

Comment by #wco:

Other Contacts: Djanogly, Jonathan

More information can be read at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-03-23a.48502.h

Published: 23/03/2011 12:00:00
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Gov Written Answer – Family Courts (Justice: Family Courts)

28/04/2011

Cunningham, Jim raised an interesting point.

Subjects: Family Courts; Justice; NRP Rights; Parenting

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) what steps he has taken to improve the working of family courts;

(2) what steps he has taken to minimise any adverse effect on a child arising from participation in court proceedings.

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Other Contacts: Djanogly, Jonathan

More information can be read at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-03-17a.46806.h

Published: 17/03/2011 12:00:00
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Consultation – #wco Family Courts (Children deserve better from Family Justice system)

31/03/2011

Norgrove, David raised an interesting point.

Subjects: Family Courts; Equality; Justice; Legislation; NRP Rights; Parenting; Scrutiny; Relationships

The family justice system needs significant reform to tackle delays and ensure that children and families get the service they deserve, says an independent panel set up to review how the system works.

The panel, who publish their interim report today, have recommended a package of proposals aimed at improving children’s and families’ experience of the system. A public consultation on these proposals is now underway

Comment by #wco: Please read the interim report, read the consultation questions, consider what has been written and influence the final report by replying in a measured, accurate and comprehensive way.

Other Contacts: familyjusticereview@justice.gsi.gov.uk

More information can be read at:
http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/newsrelease310311a.htm

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/family-justice-review.htm

Published: 31/03/2011 09:00:00
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Gov Debate – #wco Family Courts (Commons Debate: General Matters)

27/12/2010

Selous, Andrew raised an interesting point.

Subjects: Family Courts; Justice; NRP Rights

We can learn a lot from countries such as Australia, which has a much more shared parenting approach, uses much more mediation and is generally more successful.

Another of my constituents is a young father who has a valid contact order in place. He previously had full custody of his little girl. He is not in any way dangerous-indeed, he is a devoted dad. He last saw his daughter in July. She cries out when she sees him and her grandmother in the local shopping centre, longing to be with him. He has tried since July to get a court date to see her before Christmas, but that has not been possible. He left my surgery in tears after I had updated him on what the family court service had said about his case.

Another constituent also had a valid contact order and on 21 June, the Monday after fathers’ day, he received a text to say that the mother of his child had disappeared, leaving no address. Even after a court seek-and-find procedure, no address was provided. A first court date was set in a court a long way away from where my constituent lives, but it was adjourned. When the case did get into court on 4 October, the proceedings were shambolic, the judge was not well briefed and the appropriate file was not there. The case was adjourned again until 30 November and, on 28 November, the mother succeeded in getting that hearing adjourned, as-allegedly-a medical report on the child was not ready. When my extremely persistent constituent finally got the case into court earlier this month, he found that the medical report was dated 18 November and had been available for the earlier court hearing, but of course there was no sanction on the mother. The courts allow difficult parents to deprive their children of a relationship with their father.

I am proud to be an MP for a Government who are radical and reforming in many ways, and I put it to the House that we need radical reform of the family justice system. We need a system that is much less winner takes all, less confrontational and less expensive; and we need a system that provides proper enforcement of court-sanctioned contact orders

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More information can be read at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debate/?id=2010-12-21a.1409.0

Published: 21/12/2010 00:00:00
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Gov Debate – #wco Family Courts (Commons Debate: General Matters)

27/12/2010

Selous, Andrew raised an interesting point.

Subjects: Family Courts; Justice; NRP Rights

Christmas is a time that parents look forward to celebrating with their children when they can. However, for many parents that is not possible-and I am thinking not only of our troops in Afghanistan, but of the 3 million children in this country who live apart from a parent and, in particular, of those who are caught in the family justice system. I think particularly of non-resident parents who are trying to get access to or have contact time, as it is called, with their children. This issue also affects grandparents, aunts and uncles to a very great degree.

Sadly, it is abundantly clear that the present family justice system is much too slow. Its processes are greatly abused by parents with no penalty or sanctions applied. It is far too expensive in many cases. One of my constituents, a father, came to see me to say that he had spent more than £8,000 obtaining a court-sanctioned contact order to see his children. He did not abuse that order, but it was not honoured and he could not get it upheld by the courts or the police. Unsurprisingly, he was then short of money to pay maintenance as he wanted to do.

The most vivid example of the failure to honour a court order came from a warrant officer who came to see me. He took his civilian overcoat off and underneath he was in uniform. On his chest was his badge of office-a crown, as those who have served in the armed forces will know-and he put the court order on the table in front of me with the crown of the court on it, stipulating that he should have time with his children every other weekend. That court order was not honoured, and it was not upheld by the police or the courts. He felt deeply let down.

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More information can be read at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debate/?id=2010-12-21a.1408.0

Published: 21/12/2010 00:00:00
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Gov Written Answer – #wco Family Courts (Education: Lone Parents)

26/12/2010

Farron, Tim raised an interesting point.

Subjects: Family Courts; Equality; Justice; NRP Rights; Parenting

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward proposals to tackle parental alienation syndrome by strengthening the shared parenting aspect of the Children Act 2004.

Comment by #wco:

Other Contacts: Loughton, Tim

More information can be read at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2010-12-20a.26459.h

Published: 20/12/2010 00:00:00
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Gov Written Answer – #wco Family Courts (Justice: Family Courts)

26/12/2010

Hart, Simon raised an interesting point.

Subjects: Family Courts; Education; Justice; Legal Aid; NRP Rights; Money

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect on the average length of time a case is in the family courts of litigants choosing to represent themselves; and if he will make a treatment.

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Other Contacts: Djanogly, Jonathan

More information can be read at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2010-12-13b.29691.h

Published: 13/12/2010 00:00:00
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Gov Written Answer – #wco Family Courts (Justice: Family Courts: Offenders)

16/11/2010

Hemming, John raised an interesting point.

Subjects: Family Courts; Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people serving a custodial sentence could not be identified in the media because of an injunction by the Family Court in the latest period for which figures are available.

Comment by #wco:

Other Contacts: Djanogly, Jonathan

More information can be read at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2010-11-04a.21503.h

Published: 04/11/2010 00:00:00
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