Final Report of the Financial Remedies Working Group 15 December 2014

The Financial Remedies Working Group (‘the group’) was established by the President of the Family Division in June 2014.

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Clare's Law: 1,300 domestic abuse disclosures made

A scheme allowing people to find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence has been used more than 1,300 times in less than a year.

Full story: BBC News

A third of siblings in care 'forced to live apart'

More than a third (37%) of children in care in England who have siblings are having to live apart from any of them, suggests research by a charity.

Full story: BBC News

LGA criticises Ofsted’s ‘blinkered approach’ to inspecting children’s services

The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, is calling for an overhaul of the way children's services are inspected, so the roles of everyone involved in protecting vulnerable children are monitored and included in a judgment.

Full story: Family Law Week

The Gender Recognition Register (Marriage and Civil Partnership) Regulations 2015

These Regulations provide for the registration of marriages and civil partnerships in which one or both parties have obtained a full gender recognition certificate under the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

Statutory Instrument

£2.9bn unpaid child maintenance 'uncollectable'

Billions of pounds owed in child maintenance may never be recovered, government accounts show.

Full story: BBC News

Absent parents now paying maintenance cash at record levels

The number of absent parents who are now paying towards the cost of their children through the Child Support Agency has hit an all-time high.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Sharp rise in number of children adopted by gay and lesbian couples

Last year 180 infants were adopted by gay couples and another 150 went to live with lesbian parents, according to the Department of Education.

Full story: The Telegraph
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S v G [2015] EWFC 4 (14 January 2015)

Cross-applications by father for child arrangements order and by mother for permission to relocate to Russia.

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S (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1682 (3 December 2014)

Appeal by mother against residence order. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Family Law Week

R (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1664 (3 December 2014)

Appeal by father against order for no contact. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Family Law Week

M (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1755 (5 November 2014)

Appeal by M against an order that the child live with F in London in the expectation that M, who lived in Newcastle, would follow and share the child's care, on the basis that that condition was an impermissible intrusion upon her right of free movement within England. The order was set aside.

Full report: Family Law Hub

Rights of Women, R (On the Application Of) v The Lord Chancellor And Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWHC 35 (Admin) (22 January 2015)

Application for judicial review to quash reg 33 Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations, on the ground that the Defendant exceeded the statutory powers conferred upon him by s.12 LASPO when he made the Regulations.

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Report of the Financial Remedies Working Group: An overview for practitioners

Today (26 January 2015) saw the publication of the final report of the FRWG dated 15 December 2014.

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Judicial concern about lack of legal aid - Re: K and H

David Emmerson, partner at TV Edwards and chair of Resolution's legal aid committee, looks at how the judiciary are expressing their concern about the lack of legal aid post LASPO and ingenious ways of making legal aid available.

Full article: Resolution

Finance & Divorce Update January 2015

Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from December 2014.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Mother allowed to move to Russia under the Hague Convention 1996

The mother of a two year-old boy has been allowed to move back to Russia against the wishes of the father.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Fifty-fifty – equal parenting time

As far as I know, Re M (A Child) 2014 is the first time the Court of Appeal have dealt with a case involving equal parenting time since the Children and Families Act with its controversial clause came into being.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Assigning jurisdiction in child abduction cases

The European Court of Justice has given a preliminary ruling on assigning jurisdiction to a specialist court to consider a child abduction case even though another court in the same member state was already seised in parental responsibility proceedings.

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Working with mediators

As family practitioners are aware it is now compulsory for the majority of clients to attempt to mediate prior to issuing a court application.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Inherent jurisdiction of High Court

UL v BK (Freezing Orders: Safeguards: Standard Examples) [2013] UKHC 1735 (Fam).

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