So, our brave footballers are back on home soil, having failed to reach the second round of the World Cup, unlike those footballing giant nations such as Costa Rica, Switzerland and Algeria. This video, which appears to be going viral, suggests that for some England supporters getting through was not the only reason they wanted them to win:
Moving on, on Bailii this morning I came across what to my knowledge is the first reported case where a child arrangements order was made. H v F (Relocation) concluded with Mr Justice Peter Jackson making a child arrangements order in favour of the mother (the relocation aspect being due to the fact that she intended to return to her native New Zealand).
Otherwise, it has been quite a busy week for family law news. The following stories in particular caught my attention:
- Free DNA tests piloted in family courts to clear up paternity disputes - An about-face by Justice Minister Simon Hughes, who has realised the obvious problems caused by legal aid no longer being available for DNA tests.
- Call for MIAMs to be free following ‘embarrassing’ Government figures - Government figures show a collapse in the number of people using mediation in the past 12 months, following the cuts in legal aid introduced in April 2013. National Family Mediation suggest a way to reverse the trend.
- Legal aid funding in family cases drops 60% year on year, according to report - Those same figures show the obvious result of the cuts.
As for myself, I have been posting as usual on Marilyn Stowe's Family Law & Divorce Blog, including the following:
- B (A Child): The limits of the court’s powers - A look at the child abduction case B (A Child).
- Important cases: Mesher v Mesher - A look back at Mesher v Mesher and Hall.
- Spare a thought for the judges - The connection between the cases Re Z (Children) and London Borough of Waltham Forest v AD.
- The reality of self-representation - I try to put myself in the position of a LiP.
With that, I will bid you a good weekend.