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The implications of alcohol misuse and family arrangements

While many adults drink alcohol responsibly, unfortunately there is a significant percentage of the adult population in England that misuse alcohol.  Government statistics for 2020 show that over half a million adults in England were admitted to hospital, primarily due ...

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How can we help to end FGM within a generation?

One of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a disruption to numerous international and national health programs, including the one to end female genital mutilation (FGM). United Nations health officials fear an additional two million cases of FGM ...

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Legal aid remuneration is unfair and deters lawyers from building a career, Westminster inquiry hears

Parliamentarians in the Westminster Commission into the Sustainability of Legal Aid heard evidence from family law practitioners on 19 November, including from Lorraine Green an associate solicitor at Miles and Partners who specialises in cases involving children, care proceedings, adoption ...

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Should child protection duties be relaxed for local authorities during Covid-19?

The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, also known as Statutory 445, will see various responsibilities relaxed in relation to children in care. This new legislation will remain in force until 25th September 2020, with a possibility of an ...

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When a spouse or partner is abusive during lockdown

Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has caused seismic changes to all of our lives, including our family life.  During the lockdown we are all forced to isolate in our homes, and for some this forced time together and the disruption ...

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Virtual justice through remote hearings

Can families receive justice with remote hearings in the Family Court?

The Remote Access Family Court has enabled large parts of the family justice system to continue to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic. Each day, justice is dispensed over the internet by judges sitting at computer screens often in their own ...

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Family and children and coronavirus FAQs

We are living in worrying times and while we are all anxious about the health risks arising from the coronavirus pandemic, there are additional concerns for parents of young children. Alongside disruption to schooling and usual routines, there may be ...

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United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Today, 6 February 2019, is the annual United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is a degrading and discriminatory practice with particularly harmful consequences for children. Lucy Bennett, legal assistant at Miles & Partners ...

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Archers domestic violence plot reveals real harm of LASPO cuts

Archer’s fans have been gripped for months by the domestic abuse plot culminating with Helen’s criminal trial earlier in the month. While listeners were avidly following Helen and Rob’s storyline, the Serious Crime Act 2015 received royal assent on 3 ...

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