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Family Law (13 September – 27 September)

Family News

Transgender man loses court battle to be registered as father

The Guardian – 25 September

Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, has ruled that a transgender man who gave birth cannot be registered as the child’s father. Although Freddie McConnell is legally considered a man, it was ruled that a ‘mother’ is ‘the status afforded to a person who undergoes the physical and biological process of carrying a pregnancy and giving birth.’

Family judges must justify delaying final decisions – Court of Appeal

Law Society Gazette – 23 September

Discussing the recent case of S-L (Children: Adjournment), the Law Society Gazette reveal that the Court of Appeal has warned judges not to adjourn final decisions in family court cases. Adjourning final decisions may be the appropriate action but should not be done simply to ‘press the pause button.’

The Register our Marriage campaign is pioneering for equality for unregistered faith marriages

The Law Society – 17 September

Solicitor, Siddique Patel, discusses the Register Our Marriage campaign, which focuses on changing legislation to ensure that all religious marriages are legally registered under the Marriage Act 1949. Currently, only Anglican, Jewish and Quaker religious marriages are legally registered under the act.

Support for family and friends carers looking after children

Family Law Week – 15 September

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper for grandparents and other family and friends carers looking after children where their parents are not in a position to do so. The briefing includes information on financial support from local authorities and different types of kinship care arrangements.

6,000 became homeless in three months following domestic abuse

Family Law Week – 15 September

According to figures in the latest statutory homelessness statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, 6,000 people became homeless between January and March 2019, as a result of domestic abuse. As a result of these statistics, Women’s Aid has made a number of recommendations to the government.

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