Spotlight
Family Law Awards 2020
Shortlist announced - time to place your vote!
Court of Protection Practice 2020
'Court of Protection Practice goes from strength to strength, having...
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance Tenth Edition
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance is an authoritative specialist text...
Spotlight
Latest articles
Resolution issues Brexit notes for family lawyers ahead of IP completion day
Family lawyer organisation, Resolution, has issued two joint notes to assist family lawyers in England and Wales ahead of the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period at 11 pm on 31 December...
Online filing is real-time on New Year's Eve: practice direction change to accommodate EU withdrawal arrangements
I have heard that there will be an amendment to the relevant practice directions to provide that online applications received on New Year’s Eve after 4:30 PM and before 11:00 PM will count as...
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust v AB
The issue in this case concerned AB’s capacity to make specific decisions about treatment relating to her anorexia nervosa. She was 28 years old and had suffered with anorexia since the age of...
EU laws continue until at least 2038 and beyond
The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020.  But in matters of law it fully leaves on 31 December 2020.  But EU laws will continue to apply, and be applied, in the English family courts from 1...
Remote hearings in family proceedings – how is justice perceived?
The motion for the recent Kingsley Napley debate:  “This House believes remote hearings are not remotely fair” was carried with a fairly balanced 56% in favour and 44% against....
View all articles
Authors

Killing in the family

Feb 27, 2020, 13:26 PM
Cases involving the killing of one parent at the hands of another (uroxide) are unsurprisingly fraught. Surprisingly they are also more common than you might imagine [7 women being killed per month in England and Wales [ONS (2015), Crime Survey England and Wales 2013-14. London: Office for National Statistics].
Slug :
Meta Title : Killing in the family
Meta Keywords :
Canonical URL :
Trending Article : No
Prioritise In Trending Articles : No
Date : Feb 27, 2020, 00:00 AM
Article ID :

Barry McAlinden, Field Court Chambers

Cases involving the killing of one parent at the hands of another (uroxide) are unsurprisingly fraught. Surprisingly they are also more common than you might imagine [7 women being killed per month in England and Wales [ONS (2015), Crime Survey England and Wales 2013-14. London: Office for National Statistics]. In effect, children 'lose' both parents, one to death, one to incarceration or cessation of contact due to assessment of risk. Dr Tony Kaplan, a leading child and adolescent psychiatrist, describes such children as being 'doubly orphaned, suddenly and catastrophically', which often leads to violent disturbance of the psyche, which may be veiled by apparent resilience, shock, displacement of feelings or stoicism.

Children in such cases will suffer from bereavement, trauma, disruption of attachment[s] and anxiety. Delay in determining placement will only add to those issues, as this will add to delay in providing a space for children to deal with loss and trauma and engage with therapeutic intervention[s]. Placement decisions are complicated by the acceptance or otherwise of the court’s finding by proposed carers, in particular from the perpetrator’s family. Other complications may be the apparently inconsistent decisions of the criminal courts (acquittal) and the family court (a narrative of killing). 


The full article will be published in the March issue of Family Law

Find out more or request a free 1-week trial of Family Law journal. Please quote: 100482.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Categories :
  • Articles
Tags :
Authors
Provider :
Product Bucket :
Related Articles
Load more comments
Comment by from