Football used as scapegoat for domestic violence

Over-simplified reports risk trivialising the issue.

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New pilot scheme announced for easier court entrance for legal professionals

The Ministry of Justice has announced a new pilot scheme for practising legal professionals which will allow for them to get direct entrance to courts without the need to be searched.

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1,224 new care applications received by Cafcass in July

Applications 2 per cent down on a year ago.

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Private law cases received by Cafcass in July up 4 per cent on a year ago

3,768 new private law cases in the month.

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Child maintenance: new steps to improve compliance and to allow arrears to be written off

The House of Commons library has written a useful summary of recent changes to child maintenance enforcement.

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Supervision orders unsuccessful in a quarter of cases, research finds

Review of 26-week care proceedings reforms underlines impact of Re B and Re B-S case law and raises questions around decision-making.

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All supported housing funding to be retained in welfare system

Housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing, the government has announced.

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LSB responds to MoJ's LASPO review

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has responded to the Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) post-implementation review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).

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Sparkasse Koln Bonn v Cutts & Anor [2018] EWHC 1879 (Ch) (30 July 2018)

Determination of beneficial interest in a claim for an order for sale pursuant to a final charging order.

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F v M [2018] EWHC 2106 (Fam) (03 August 2018)

Appeal by father against refusal to register Russian order that child reside with him. Appeal dismissed.

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Kliers v Schmerler & Anor [2018] EWHC 1350 (Ch) (30 April 2018)

The applicant was claiming declarations as to the beneficial ownership of a property, the registered legal ownership of which was her brother. He had obtained a mortgage to buy the property on behalf of the applicant and her then husband as their credit rating was not sufficient. The declarations were granted.

Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub

A-F (Children) (No 2) [2018] EWHC 2129 (Fam) (08 August 2018)

Further hearing in connection with test cases relating to seven children, raising various substantive and procedural questions in relation to the interface between care proceedings and the requirements of Article 5 of the Convention.

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Venables, Re (No 2 [2018] EWHC 2128 (Fam) (08 August 2018)

Further hearing within application to vary injunction conferring lifelong anonymity on child convicted of murder.

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Liberty protection safeguards to protect vulnerable people in care

Private Client analysis: Amendments to mental health legislation aim to correct some of the current system’s obvious failings.

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Divorce and Financial Remedy Update, August 2018

Naomi Shelton, Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP considers the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during July 2018.

Full article: Family Law Week

Inadequate police disclosure in care proceedings

Following A Local Government v A and others, a hearing involving the death of a baby in suspicious circumstances, Gemma Taylor QC and Samantha Bowcock stress the importance of disclosure of relevant material in care proceedings and examine the steps that police and local authorities should take in order to avoid compromising a case.

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‘Oh I’m sorry, did I forget to mention you don’t have to agree to this?’ When social workers forget that interventions under ‘Child in Need’ are voluntary

Social workers’ misunderstanding, and resulting misuse, of section 17 of the 1989 Children Act.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

HMCTS have formally launched a pilot to fast track lawyers through court security so that we can all arrive at court earlier and in a less grumpy state than we sometimes have hitherto.

Full post: Pink Tape

‘Habitual Residence’ – sloppy explanations of the law about child abduction

We have been alerted to some less than perfect summaries of the law around international child abduction by the BBC recently.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Final Presidential words on transparency

Sir James Munby, who retired as President of the Family Division at the end of July, has attracted a good deal of media attention over the years and has been innovative and enthusiastic about constructively engaging with the media.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Void, Valid and Very Confusing – what is the status of Sharia Marriages in the UK?

The High Court here in London has recently considered the status of an Islamic marriage, that did not comply with all the usual formalities required in England & Wales.

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