CW v SG was heard in the High Court on 12 April 2013 by Mr Justice Baker and dealt with a mother’s application to terminate a father’s Parental Responsibility for their 8 year-old son (“D”) and the father’s cross application to receive regular updates about his son.
The mother had 6 children, of which D was the youngest. The father had been imprisoned for 4 years following his conviction for serious sexual offences against D’s half sisters, aged around 9 and 10 at the time. While in prison he wrote to the mother to request contact with his son, however the terms of his licence upon release prohibited any contact between them father and D until June 2013.
Upon receipt of the letter, the mother moved the family away from the area to an undisclosed location and issued an application to terminate the father’s Parental Responsibility. The father claimed he was innocent of the criminal charges and issued a Specific Issue application seeking annual updates as to his son’s progress, to include photographs, school reports and details of any medical treatment received.
In the course of proceedings, the Court ordered a consultant clinical psychologist to be instructed and provide expert evidence as to any risk the father posed to the child in light of his criminal convictions and psychological profile.
I don’t write about my mother often. Of all my dysfunctional childhood relationships, my experience with my mother is the most painful.
I believe that small children have a disproportionate need for the feminine nurturing energy. When it’s not available, I think the pain runs deeper.
I am not suggesting that fathers are not needed. They are desperately needed. And their interactions with their children are critical to shaping that child’s future belief systems and relationships.
But for me, the lack of nurturing maternal energy seemed to leave a deeper mark.
I think that some of my angst comes from my core belief that women should be protecting women. If we can’t count on each other, if we can’t come together to fight this battle against gender oppression, do we have a hope of moving society toward equality for all genders? Can we ask our male allies to do the work against gender oppression that we are not willing to do?
But for my mother, this oppression was a way of life. It was all she ever knew. She never had the innocent childhood we expect our children to live. She never had the opportunity to grow up. She was not supported when she spoke up about her abuse. She was not able to escape her abuser.
She lived the same childhood that I did. She formed her own ways of coping. Her coping mechanisms were coming from her child’s mind because she never had a chance to develop adult coping mechanisms. Some of her brain development was stunted at a young age because of trauma.
This is what happens to trauma victims. It doesn’t mean there is not development. Trauma survivors can be incredibly smart. But certain areas of the brain become stunted and separate, so there is no balance between logic and emotion. And some parts of the brain may become stuck in fight or flight mode, which leads to bad decisions.
After enduring a media barrage that's lasted more than a week, Rachel Canning, the New Jersey teen who’s suing her parents for financial support, returned home to her family on Tuesday night. But the very next day Canning's lawyer demonstrated that the case is far from over by returning to court, requesting that the parents pay for a guardian to be appointed for their 18-year-old high school student.
“The case is without any legal merit. Certain cases should not see the inside of a courtroom. This is one such case,” said Sarno, who recently replaced attorney Laurie Rush-Masuret on the case. “Government cannot police the day-to-day financial affairs of parents and their children while the family is intact.” As for her homecoming,he said, “They welcomed her back into the house. There is a long road ahead. The healing needs to begin," he added, “She’s home. Respect it. Let’s not figure out what the motivation was.”
But Sarno’s plea hasn’t stopped all manner of journalists, bloggers, and social media users from trying to analyze a situation that’s captivated the public since early March. That’s when reports first emerged that Rachel — who had been living at her best friend’s house since November — was suing her parents for immediate support, current private-school fees, and future college tuition. She claimed they’d been abusive and had driven her to develop an eating disorder, and that her dad was “inappropriately affectionate.” The parents, meanwhile, have maintained that their daughter moved out voluntarily after refusing to abide by their rules, and that she’s been abusing alcohol.
Further complicating the situation is the fact that the father of Rachel’s friend — attorney and former freeholder John Inglesino — is bankrolling the lawsuit. And that, notes Naomi Schaefer Riley in aNew York Post opinion piece, is no small detail. “She’s a high-school student whose really bad choices have been encouraged by people much older, who should know better,” she writes. “Her parents’ authority has been undermined by the people they might least have expected — other parents.”
Meanwhile, though commentary from those who believe that Rachel is simply an entitled brat is ubiquitous, there are supporters out there, too. More than 1,500 people have liked the Education for Rachel Facebook page, an effort created anonymously (and, some commenters believe, by Rachel herself) to get the Cannings to pay for college. A recent post there notes: “Not living with your parents should not be punishable by loss of a quality education, this is how messed up higher education is, and that’s not Rachel's fault.”
Applications for residence or contact orders are usually between private individuals, under s8 Children Act 1989. Where someone seeks an order in respect of a child who is in the care of the local authority it will be considered a public law matter.
In private law cases the child is not a party to the proceedings unless there are particular circumstances that make the case complex. The court can request a welfare report under s7 Children Act 1989, either from the local authority or from a Children and Family Reporter who is an officer appointed by Cafcass. The report will usually inform the court of the child's wishes and feelings, but the officer will make a recommendation based on what they think is in the child's best interests rather than just report on the child's wishes.
In some circumstances the court may order that the child is made a party to the proceedings. A Childre's Guardian (who again is an officer of Cafcass) is appointed to represent the child in the proceedings and the guardian will appoint a solicitor. If the child and Guardian do not agree on what recommendations to make to the court and the child is of sufficient age and understanding, they will be able to instruct a solicitor directly to represent their views and the Guardian will present their own views to the court.
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That they are reactionary and not much use to the parents rights movement. If the spent just 2% of the Money and Energy they expend on inflammatory publicity stunts with no evidence of the reasons behind them, on prosecuting just ONE fraudulent/ perjures Court reporter be it Cafcass or Social worker they would in one move progress our cause for open family courts a hundred fold !
A coroner investigating the deaths of Luke Batty and his father will examine events leading up to the tragedy, including criminal charges and intervention orders against the father and whether he was being treated for mental health problems.
Luke, 11, died when attacked by his father, Greg Anderson, with a cricket bat and knife after junior cricket training at Tyabb on the evening of February 12.
Mr Anderson, 54, was shot by police soon after and died the following morning in hospital.
Luke Batty. Photo: Facebook
The Coroners Court heard on Wednesday there were no witnesses to the attack that killed Luke, which happened after training had finished when the boy had asked his mother to spend more time practising with his father.
State coroner Ian Gray said an inquest into Mr Anderson’s death would start on October 13. He said it remained an ‘‘open question’’ as to whether the hearing would be a joint inquest, meaning Luke’s death would either be investigated at the same time, or directly after.
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Consent will be sort from the person or persons who have parental responsibility for a child when it is appropriate. An unmarried father does not acquire parental responsibility automatically. If a child was registered after 1st December 2003, then the father will have parental responsibility for the child as long as he is named as the father on the child’s birth certificate (this includes being named on the certificate following a re- registration of the birth).
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A man has been jailed after he violently assaulted his girlfriend. Today, Friday 14 March 2014, Lee Edwards of Lever Street, Middleton was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court to ten years in prison. At 1am on Sunday 18 August 2013, Edwards and his girlfriend returned home from a night out and got into an argument. The woman attempted to leave the house but Edwards refused to let her leave. He grabbed hold of her and threw her on to the stairs. He then stood over her and repeatedly punched her in her face and on her body before biting her on the cheek, nose and shoulder.
The woman managed to get on to her side to crawl away when he threw her on her front and repeatedly stamped on her neck and all over her back.
The woman attempted to leave the house but Edwards stopped her and told her to go upstairs. He then strangled her with both hands so she could not breathe.
She managed to escape the house hours after Edwards had fallen asleep.
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Once again I find myself having to write to you to express my disbelief at what has just been allowed to happen by you and Lego Land. So a Muslim group decide to organise a community event, I am not here to judge if this group was extreme in it’s religious views as suggested. I think all religion is extreme and I believe No Gods No Masters. So no religious group is going to fair well in my eyes. But that is not the point. Is it not a wonderful thing though that a group are being proactive about obtaining knowledge and understanding of each other and creating some form of community bond? That can’t be bad thing can it. But are we here to question there reasoning for holding such an event? No it is none of our business and everyone should be free to practice any religion they want and regardless commune together for a family orientated event at a Theme park with out fear and intimidation. 4000 tickets had been sold yet you and spineless Lego land have allowed a small number of extremists to dictate who can or can’t do something that is not harming or distressing anyone. This is one of the worst acts of fascism I have seen allowed to take place in a long time. The threatening and intimidation of organisers, families, and employees at a business has just been given a green light by yourselves the very people that should be protecting their civil liberties, their human rights, their right to do what they like when they like in a supposedly democratic society. You have just proven to me that you are facilitators of the right wing, that you are in fact an enabler, you have allowed them to succeed in this despicable act. When the Fatwa was placed on Salaman Rushdie for alleged blasphemy and the cost for protecting him was over £11 million and it wasn’t even questioned in the beginning as it was expected to protect him. So what happened? I pay my taxes of which some of this goes to you(this I regret a I do not agree with your methods) and with this money I expect people that use intimidation and threaten people to be dealt with accordingly and the people that are threatened with violence and intimidated to be protected. I thought that was how it worked correct me if I am wrong. So tell me what happens the next time these right wing extremist groups decide on their next target? What if they target somebody who’s name begins with J, will you be there to protect them? Just remember that was just the thin end of the wedge. No platform for fascists.
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