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Question: Ruth is a heroin addict and works as a prostitute to pay for her addiction. She has two children, Daniel aged 13, and Ellie aged 2. Ruth has never been married, nor has she ever entered into a parental responsibility agreement with either of the children’s fathers. She does not know who Daniel’s father is. Ellie’s father is also a heroin addict. He has no interest in his daughter................Advise Ruth as to what powers the Local Authority has in terms of protection for the children. Advise as to both the short term and long term options. (You are not required to consider adoption)

Answer: In answering this question, the relevant statute that applies is the Children Act 1989 which deals with the local authorities and their powers of intervention. In order for the child to be...


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Details: - Mark: 68% | Course: Family Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 3972 | References: Yes | Date written: Not available | Date submitted: July 07, 2009 | Coursework ID: 517

Question: In English Law, sperm donors may be held to be ‘the real fathers’ of children born through artificial insemination. Is that an unproblematic assumption? Compare notions of what makes a ‘father’ from two or more societies known to you.

Answer: What it means to be a ‘father’ varies among different societies and cultures. Legal implications from this label of fatherhood arise in obligations towards children and rights of paternity. In Britain today,...


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Details: - Mark: 66% | Course: Family Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 1978 | References: No | Date written: Not available | Date submitted: July 07, 2009 | Coursework ID: 520

Question: Family Law Supervision Case Study

Answer: Firstly, on the basis that Janet and Keith are married, both parents will have parental responsibility if they were married at the time of the birth. In the Children Act 1989 s.3...


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Details: - Mark: 65% | Course: Family Law | Year: 1st | Words: 1420 | References: No | Date written: Not available | Date submitted: October 19, 2008 | Coursework ID: 114

Question: "If the deciding issue is the welfare of potential children, then the decision to exclude lesbian couples is clearly discriminatory." Assess this claim.

Answer: “If the deciding issue is the welfare of potential children, then the decision to exclude lesbian couples is clearly discriminatory.” The access of lesbian and single women to Assisted Reproductive technology (ART)...


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Details: - Mark: 65% | Course: Family Law | Year: 1st | Words: 2793 | References: No | Date written: Not available | Date submitted: October 19, 2008 | Coursework ID: 113

Question: 'Few guidelines for the determination of individual cases, the facts of which are never replicated, have stood so long in our family law.' Assess this claim.

Answer: This was the proposition of LJ in the case of Payne v Payne when considering the case law guidence that exists in ‘relocation’ case where the custodial parent wishes to emigrate and...


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Details: - Mark: 65% | Course: Family Law | Year: 1st | Words: 1255 | References: Yes | Date written: Not available | Date submitted: October 19, 2008 | Coursework ID: 111

Question: "Intestate Succession Rights of Cohabiting Couples" Students must identify what succession rights on intestacy a surviving member of a cohabiting couple has in both Scots law and the law of ONE other jurisdiction. The assignment should be no more than 1500 words, presented in two parts: Part A, dealing with methods of research used by the student, listing the materials found (and where and how found) Part B presenting a comparison between Scots law and the law of any other legal system (except English law).

Answer: Part A: Research Methods In order to begin the assignment, it was firstly important to establish which jurisdiction was going to be studied in order to perform a comparison. This required some...


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Details: - Mark: 64% | Course: Family Law | Year: 1st | Words: 2008 | References: Yes | Date written: November, 2007 | Date submitted: April 27, 2009 | Coursework ID: 494

Question: EXPLAIN AND ASSESS THE ROLE OF MEDIATION IN THE LEGAL RESOLUTION OF FAMILY BREAKDOWN.

Answer: Introduction – what is mediation? The process of divorce is often lengthy, sometimes expensive and usually (as a result of a fault-based divorce system) confrontational. Mediation, an optional part of this process,...


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Details: - Mark: 64% | Course: Family Law | Year: 1st | Words: 1576 | References: Yes | Date written: Not available | Date submitted: October 19, 2008 | Coursework ID: 116

Question: Discuss the current debates in relation to contact orders and the absent parent.

Answer: The aim of the Children’s Act 1989 was to simplify the law relating to children, making it more consistent and flexible. In essence the objective was to make the law more appropriate...


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Details: - Mark: 63% | Course: Family Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 3873 | References: Yes | Date written: November, 2004 | Date submitted: February 20, 2009 | Coursework ID: 377

Question: Outline and evaluate the English doctrine of cohabitation.

Answer: There is no single definition which covers cohabitation, a couple may choose to live together without a formal marriage but sharing \"all the characteristics of a maritial relationship\" or they may simply...


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Details: - Mark: 63% | Course: Family Law | Year: 1st | Words: 3016 | References: No | Date written: Not available | Date submitted: October 19, 2008 | Coursework ID: 112

Question: Problem Scenario
Heera and Ian started living together in October 2010 during their first term at university. Heera became pregnant almost immediately and left her course at the end of term. Ian also abandoned his studies at the end of his first year so that he could support Heera and their child Abdul. He now works as a motorcycle courier. Both sets of parents were very upset by this. Heera's mother, Mrs Mohamed, who was 59 offered to take early retirement from her job as a teacher and be an unpaid childminder so that her daughter could return to her studies. Heera agreed and returned to university in October 2011 when Abdul was 3 months old. Mrs Mohamed looked after Abdul every day in term time, took him to her home on some weekends to allow Heera to complete assessments and had him to stay for 2 months each summer. Ian was not happy about these arrangements, he did not get on well with Mrs Mohamed and thought that she spoilt Abdul. Ian's parents refused to have anything to do with Heera, their son or their grandson.
In November 2013 (almost 2 years old), whilst Abdul was staying with Mrs Mohamed, Heera and Ian were involved in an accident. Heera was killed and Ian was seriously injured. In June 2014 (almost 3), when Ian had recovered, Mrs Mohamed refused to return Abdul saying that he was now settled with her. Ian went to Mrs Mohamed's house, threatened her and took his son. He is now refusing to allow Mrs Mohamed to visit Abdul. Ian is currently unemployed.

Advise Mrs Mohamed who wants Abdul to return, or if that is not possible, to see him regularly.

Answer: The issues in this case are child arrangements orders and residence orders. The parties involved being Mrs Mohamed and Ian. What is referred to as a child arrangement’s order is set out...


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Details: - Mark: 62% | Course: Family Law | Year: 1st | Words: 1029 | References: No | Date written: November, 2014 | Date submitted: May 05, 2015 | Coursework ID: 920


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