How Good Is Free Family Law Advice?

Original request by Natasha from Researching Reform

3 Apr 2019

This is what we would like you to tell us.

As the legal sector sets its sights on McKenzie Friends – … 194 more words

Court Rulings

Family Law Judge Investigated Over Condescending Bevahiour in Court

4 Apr 2019

Article by Natasha from Researching Reform

Original piece can be accessed HERE.

Judge Judith Hughes has been investigated for condescending behaviour during a family law hearing in which she allowed her bad temper to get the better of her by banging her head on a desk after a litigant in person appeared before her in court. 201 more words

Personal Stories

Family Courts: The President’s guidance on anonymisation in published judgments - Annie Bertram

On 7 December 2018, Sir Andrew McFarlane, the President of the Family Division , issued some practice guidance to judges entitled Practice Guidance: anonymisation and avoidance of the identification of children and the treatment of explicit descriptions of the sexual abuse of children in judgments intended for the public arena… 1,604 more words

Transparency vital in family courts - opinion

Ten years after journalists were given the right to report family courts, The Guardian said it was vital to fight for transparency so the public understood what happened in hearings. 39 more words


How the media portrays social services taking children from families in order to justify their existence

It appears that social services try to justify their existence, often by using a select few extreme examples of cases highlighted in the mainstream media. To have the right to label everyone as guilty until proven innocent, of being irresponsible and/or incapable parents until proven otherwise. 718 more words

Beyond the blame game

Ryan Wise, a social worker and practice development manager at the Social Care Institute for Excellence, replied via Twitter when he first heard about the Open Family Court project in the first couple of tweets I put out. 1,114 more words

New call for openness in family law

It’s over a month since I published my first Open Family Court blogpost, so this is an opportunity for me to say a huge thank you to everyone who emailed in response saying you’d like to hear more and get involved. 917 more words