Doctored audio evidence used to damn father in custody battle
Doctored audio files and footage – known as ‘deep fakes’ – are being submitted to UK courts as evidence, a family lawyer has warned.
‘Deepfake’ audio was used in a custody battle to try and portray a father as threatening, a family lawyer has revealed, as he warned that doctored evidence is being submitted to courts.
Byron James, a family lawyer and partner at the international law firm, Expatriate Law, said that voice forging software was used to create a fake recording of his client threatening another party to a dispute over their children.
Lords warn new divorce rules could be ‘counterproductive’
“It does not make sense that one should be able to walk out of a serious ‘till death us do part’ commitment (divorce) unless there has been a serious event, such as adultery, to justify doing so.”
He added: “My concern is that if we change the law simply to give one party the power to end the marriage just because he or she wants to, it will have the effect of making divorce very much more accessible.”
Animals of love: The increase of battles about pets in divorce settlements is rising and the reasons are complex. When partnered with Britain’s particular penchant for pets, it is easy to see how pet custody becomes a breeding ground for catfights.
On a Sunday evening after football practice has finished, John* drives two miles into town to his ex-wife’s house to collect 12-year-old Gloria, along with her toys and her favourite blanket. Gloria is not John’s child, she is his Welsh terrier and has lived between two houses in Bath, Somerset, since John’s divorce in 2014. The beloved pet spends the first half of every week with John and his new partner and the second with his ex-wife. It might seem like a lot of effort for a dog, but it’s an arrangement that works for the family – and one which came about amicably during their split.
Ahead of the general election on Thursday next week Resolution has launched their own manifesto asking the next parliament to support policies for no-fault divorce, legal protection for cohabiting couples at the end of their relationship; protecting victims of domestic abuse; and funding for early legal advice for separating couples.
Resolution is the national membership body representing 6,500 family justice professionals. Our members work with separating families every day, to support them to resolve disputes as constructively as possible, with a strong focus on putting the best interests of children first.
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The Law Society has published its written evidence submitted to the Public Bill Committee examining the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill.
These Explanatory Notes relate to the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill as introduced in the House of Commons on 13 June 2019 [Bill 404].
These Explanatory Notes have been prepared by the Ministry of Justice to assist the reader in understanding the Bill. They do not form part of the Bill and have not been endorsed by Parliament.
These explain what each part of the separation Bill will mean in practice; provide background information on the development of policy; and provide additional information on how the Bill will affect existing legislation in this area.
BBC has reported that the number of reported crimes to the police involving adolescent children attacking their parents has doubled in the past three years.
Comparable data for 19 police forces in England, Wales and the Channel Islands saw annual reported crimes jump from 7,224 in 2015 to 14,133 in 2018.
A charity said violence towards parents could indicate a cry for help, with support “often too hard to access”.
The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) said the rise was due to a change in recording practices.
Top judge says parents need to be persuaded not to bring childcare cases to court as family courts are having to “run up a down escalator” to keep pace with unprecedented increases in childcare cases, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has said.
Launching a review of the overburdened system, Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the family division, said some parents needed to be persuaded not to bring claims to court in order to reduce the pressure.
Cuts to legal aid had also resulted in an influx of “litigants in person”, exposing district judges and magistrates to the fury of unrepresented and “emotionally charged” claimants who had sometimes posed a security risk, Mr Justice Cobb, who is in charge of private family law, acknowledged.
Couples will no longer have to prove fault to get divorced after the government announced today that it will introduce legislation to end what it called an ‘unnecessary blame game’.
Justice secretary David Gauke said he had listened to calls for reform and ‘firmly believe now is the right time to end this unnecessary blame game for good’.
Current law requires spouses to evidence at least one of five ‘facts’: adultery, behaviour, desertion, two years’ separation (if the other spouse consents to the divorce), or five years’ separation (if the other spouse disagrees).
Current laws mean spouses have to provide evidence for a divorce if one partner does not agree to it.
Divorce laws are being overhauled for the first time in 50 years to end the “blame game” of couples trying to end their marriage.
Under current laws in England and Wales, unless someone can prove there was adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion, the only way to get divorced without a spouse’s agreement is to live apart for five years.
The Gazette has announced today that the Divorce process is ‘too complicated’ for litigants in person. Also people are still forced to petition on the basis of behaviour as we do not have “no fault” divorce.
Many people instruct us having attempted the divorce process themselves and it having gone wrong. The Ministry of Justice has tried to simplify matters the procedure but it can still cause difficulties for people (which in turn can cause inordinate delays) at a time when people simply want to move forward with their lives.
Should you need assistance with any part of the divorce process please do not hesitate to contact one of our highly experienced divorce lawyers on 01273 205 805.
Update on the proposed probate fee increases sees Labour mounting a challenge to the stealth tax proposed by the chancellor. Under the proposed plans probate fees will be linked to the size of the estate and could cost people £6000 instead of the £155 payable now.
Fresh concern has been raised about the proposed overhaul of probate fees after the Office of Budget Responsibility said it expects the new fee structure to be classified as a ‘tax’ despite the fact ministers have previously rejected that assertion.
Inheritance tax, even though only one in 25 estates are subject to it, is probably the most loathed tax levied in this country.
That is clearly understood by nearly every politician.
George Osborne’s promise at the 2007 Conservative Party conference to lift the inheritance tax threshold to £1m enjoyed such a rapturous reception that it frightened Gordon Brown out of calling a snap election that autumn.
Delays at the country’s biggest regional divorce centre reached unprecedented levels in 2018, figures obtained by the Gazette have revealed.
Average waiting times for each stage of the divorce process at Bury St Edmunds increased markedly last year, confirming many lawyers’ long-held fears about the centre’s ability to cope.