Domestic violence legislation will follow consultation, confirms Prime Minister

The Prime Minister has confirmed that the Home Office is not yet ready to bring forward domestic violence legislation.

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Divorce costs £3,800 a year in retirement income, says Prudential

Expected annual income for divorcees retiring in 2018 is £17,600.

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CoramBAAF welcomes report on child protection practice with Romani and Traveller children

‘Romani and Traveller children three times more likely to be taken into care’ than other children.

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Case closure process at Child Support Agency closes another 40,000 files

866,700 cases currently managed by CSA.

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Police undertake to investigate thoroughly all potential offences of FGM

Avon and Somerset Police statement follows collapsed trial.

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Parents lose legal battle to keep brain-damaged UK baby on life support

Judge in London denies right to appeal against decision to let 12-month-old Isaiah Haastrup die.

Full story: The Guardian

Mother faces £20,000 costs bill despite successfully challenging care order

Local authorities should not have to cover legal aid funding deficiencies, the Court of Appeal has said, despite upholding a mother's challenge against a placement order.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Alfie Evans: Appeal against ending life support

The family of a seriously ill boy is to appeal against a High Court ruling allowing doctors to switch off his life-support.

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A v B [2018] EWHC 328 (Fam) (06 February 2018)

Appeal by mother against refusal of application for permission to take child out of the jurisdiction to live with her in Poland. Appeal allowed.

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MJ v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and FD (CSM) (Child support - cancellation) [2018] UKUT 42 (AAC) (5 February 2018)

Appeal dealing with issue of whether FTT had jurisdiction to hear an appeal after the terminal date for a child support assessment to be in force had been reached.

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Kent County Council v A, M & Ors (Hair strand testing) [2017] EWFC B104 (01 December 2017)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings in relation to 8 year old boy who suffers from Down’s syndrome and epilepsy, including consideration of concerns about the impact of and interpretation of hair strand testing.

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L (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 238 (21 February 2018)

Applications by mother and grandparents for permission to appeal against care orders made in respect of two children. Permission refused.

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Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust v Evans & Anor [2018] EWHC 308 (Fam) (20 February 2018)

Application by NHS Trust for a declaration that continued ventilatory support is not in child's best interests, and in the circumstances it is not lawful that such treatment continue.

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Does the inclusion of families and children in family proceedings go far enough?

Adele Cameron-Douglas, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, asks how children can continue to be involved in proceedings that concern them after their conclusion.

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Supreme Court: no indulgence for litigants in person

The Supreme Court decision in Barton v Wright Hassall LLP [2018] UKSC 12.

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Child Contact Interventions

Adrian Barnett-Thoung-Holland, barrister of St Alban's Chambers, explains the practicalities of a valuable resource for children lawyers.

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Supreme Court rules on temporary or defined moves and habitual residence

Michael Gration, barrister, of 4PB, examines the Supreme Court’s decision in Re C (children: anticipatory retention).

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Court and tribunal forms are moving to GOV.UK

To make it easier for users to find the forms they need, we’re moving the forms to GOV.UK from 21 March 2018.

Full post: Inside HMCTS

Legal aid and Convention rights in domestic violence committal proceedings

Non-molestation orders and conviction for breach.

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Unlawful killing

Re R (Children) 2018: A very peculiar case and one in which leading counsel puts self in harms way in order to demonstrate breach of article 6 and succeed in appeal.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Talk to the hand – I’m not YOUR social worker!

It's an old chestnut, the idea that a social worker is there for the child and NOT the parents.

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