Child Maintenance Group FIU: complex earners investigations, Apr 2016 to Sept 2017

Statistics on the Financial Investigations Unit (FIU) investigations into cases of complex earners who are suspected of evading their child maintenance.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Children's experts urge Government to protect children throughout Brexit

Children’s experts from across the UK, including the Children Society and Barnado’s, have come together to form the ‘Brexit and Children’ coalition and have published a report which explores the specific implications of Brexit on children and young people.

Full story: Family Law

Magistrates Say Children Suffer In Family Court Hearings When Their Parents Have No Lawyers

An exclusive survey by the Magistrates Association for BuzzFeed News found that in magistrates' most recent family court hearings, 68% of people represented themselves, up from 41% in 2014.

Full story: Buzzfeed News

Law Commission to consider the law of surrogacy

The UK law ‘is outdated and unclear and requires comprehensive reform’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Family Justice Council 11th Annual Debate transcript and podcast available

‘Parental autonomy and a child’s best interests: Should the courts have the final say?’

Full story: Family Law Week

Child maintenance arrears: proactive use of part payment

Trial indicates that discussion of part payment in settlement of arrears is not cost-effective.

Full story: Family Law Week

Rise of LiPs “key challenge for family lawyers and courts system”

The rise in the number of litigants-in-person in the family courts since the 2013 legal aid reforms has topped a poll of the causes of discontent among family law practitioners for the fifth year running.

Full story: Legal Futures

MIAMs between July and September down 5% on a year ago

Mediation starts down 14%.

Full story: Family Law Week
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Lancashire County Council v C (injured baby; adoption) [2017] EWFC B91 (17 November 2017)

Final hearing of the local authority's application for care and placement orders in relation to a child who had suffered multiple fractures.

Full report: Bailii

B and C (Change of Names: Parental Responsibility: Evidence) [2017] EWHC 3250 (Fam) (12 December 2017)

Proceedings concerning 2 children, whose father is believed to be living in Iran.
Application by mother, who fears father may attempt to remove the children to Iran, for leave to change their names and restrict father's parental responsibility.

Full report: Bailii

HC v FW [2017] EWHC 3162 (Fam) (29 November 2017)

Financial remedies claim by wife, in which the issues included her capacity to litigate and the wealth of the couple was pre-acquired and/or inherited by the husband.

Full report: Bailii

W - C (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 250 (28 February 2017)

Appeal by guardian against order authorising local authority to place child for adoption, as against long-term fostering. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

MB v Surrey County Council [2017] EWCOP B27 (16 October 2017)

Hearing concerning issue of whether a man had capacity to make decisions about his residence and future care.

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Detecting assets in financial proceedings (Richardson-Ruhan v Ruhan)

Family analysis: In Richardson-Ruhan v Ruhan the court was concerned with assertions that assets belonging to the husband were held for him by a nominee, related commercial proceedings and arguments as to sham.

Full article: Family Law

Preventing elderly financial abuse

Elderly financial abuse is a crime that takes place behind closed doors.

Full article: Family Law

Can the court order global maintenance?

This article considers the global maintenance order, the judicial workaround whereby, in a case where the CMS had jurisdiction to make an assessment but had not already done so, periodical payments are ordered to cover both spousal and child maintenance, to be reduced pro tanto by any later child maintenance assessment.

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When is a financial provision order not an order?

Standard financial orders.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Privacy and the Princess

The reporting restriction order in the Prince and Princess of Luxembourg case.

Full post: The Transparency Project

A new financial court for the super wealthy?

The Times and The Telegraph are reporting that new courts are being established to deal with the financial side of divorces for the wealthy.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Privacy versus accountability in the Family Courts

On 5th December 2017 The Transparency Project hosted a debate about privacy and accountability in the family courts, in order to mark the launch of our Guidance Note : Publication of Family Court Judgments.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Family law: capacity to consent

This article looks at two aspects of consent and its fundamental component: understanding. First, does the mental capacity of the person consenting make any difference to consent; and how in outline can this be assessed? Secondly, is the answer any different if the person whose consent is sought is a child under 16?

Full post: ICLR Blog
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