Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Review: Conscious Uncoupling Edition

It is with a heart full of happiness that I bring you this edition of my Friday Review.

Well, friends, I didn't intend it to be this way but review posts on Fridays appear to have become the new paradigm. Perhaps there has been too much rigidity in my thought processes for me to write review posts on any other day of the week. Or perhaps I should just allow my exoskeleton of protection and imprisonment to fall away and offer me the opportunity to begin constructing an endoskeleton, an internal cathedral, with spiritual trace minerals like self-love, self-acceptance, and self-forgiveness.

Or perhaps not.

Moving swiftly on, what happenings have been going down this week?

Thankfully the cascade of new family law judgments has slowed to somewhat of a trickle, although there have been three (so far) family law cases in the Court of Appeal. The termination of parental responsibility case D (A Child), that I summarised here, was one of them. Another was N v N, which concerned the circumstances in which a court may, on the grounds of material non-disclosure, set aside an order for financial provision following divorce. In July 2013 the court set aside a spousal maintenance order made in 2009, on the grounds of material non-disclosure by the husband. The husband appealed, and the Court of Appeal found in his favour, setting aside the 2013 order and reinstating the 2009 order. The third judgment was the Hague Convention case Re B (A Child), which appeared on Bailii this morning, and in which a mother's appeal against an order that the child be returned to France was dismissed.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary has published a report saying that that thousands of people are at risk of harm or even murder because of widespread police failure in England and Wales to tackle domestic abuse. The inspectorate condemned the police service for treating domestic abuse as "a poor relation" to other police activity, and concluded that only eight out of 43 forces responded well to domestic violence. As Lucy Reed at Pink Tape asks: This is news?

Meanwhile, the first commencement order for the new Children and Families Act has surfaced (albeit that it was made last week). This brings into force section 10 (MIAMS), section 13 (expert evidence) and section 17 (repeal of section 41, etc.) on the 22nd of April, coincidentally just in time for the shiny new Family Court.

What else has happened this week? Well, there was the announcement of a certain celebrity separation that led to a few interesting discussions on Twitter and elsewhere. I couldn't possibly comment. Far be it from me to make cheap capital out of such a thing. Instead, I will neutralise that negative internal object and release the psychic belief structures that make me think that it is no more than so much pretentious babble.

I wish you all a spiritually fulfilling weekend.

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