Meanwhile, The Guardian reports upon the publication today of a study into children's services involvement with domestically abusive fathers. Working with risky fathers found that: "Almost 90% of men guilty of domestic violence remain in close contact with their children without supervision." Cathy Ashley, chief executive of the Family Rights Group, is quoted as saying: "Really scary, violent fathers are routinely falling through the gaps in children's services, putting children who have already been raised in homes where domestic violence was present, at risk of further physical and emotional harm."
All of which is pretty depressing. For a little light relief I recommend that you head over to Confessions of a divorce lawyer in the Law Society Gazette today, in which James Morton recalls "the days when fashionable barristers could appear in lists of those about whom the readers of popular newspapers would like to read". I particularly liked the tale of the goings-on on the stopping train from Sutton Coldfield to Birmingham.
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UPDATE: I have since read in The Telegraph that a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice has said that the Coalition Government will make an announcement “in due course” regarding cohabitees’ rights.
Further, the article in The Times can now be found here.