Police failing to use new law against coercive domestic abuse

Lawyers say controlling and coercive behaviour powers should be used to help victims before relationships turn violent.

Full story: The Guardian

USA signs Hague 2007 Maintenance Convention

On 30 August 2016, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, signed the instrument of ratification of the USA to the 2007 Hague Child Support and Maintenance Convention.

Full story: Family Law

Court finds care case assessment ‘distorted’ mother’s responses

Judge finds ‘fundamental failures’ in psychologist’s report means it should be withdrawn from care proceedings.

Full story: Community Care

Towards a Family Justice Observatory: national call for evidence

The research team working on 'Towards a Family Justice observatory', a project aiming to improve the generation and application of research in the family justice system, has issued a national call for evidence as a means of engaging with stakeholders in an open and transparent way to ascertain opinions and ideas.

Full story: Family Law

Separated couple called daughter by different names, court hears

The case resembles a storyline on BBC Radio 4 soap opera ‘The Archers’.

Full story: The Independent

Couple told they must adopt own baby after failing to check tick box on form

'The absence of no more than a centimetre of ink in a tick box is nothing more than an understandable error' .

Full story: The Independent

Life-support to be turned off for 'no smile' baby girl

A judge has ruled that medics can stop giving life-support treatment to a seriously ill baby unable to smile - despite social services bosses wanting the treatment to continue.

Full story: BBC News

Shortcomings in partnership between London councils leave victim of domestic abuse in limbo

Local authorities fail to ensure woman was safely housed.

Full story: Family Law Week
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Al-Jeffery v Al-Jeffery (Vulnerable adult; British citizen) [2016] EWHC 2151 (Fam) (03 August 2016)

Applications for forced marriage protection order and orders to protect a vulnerable adult who claimed to be held against her will in Saudi Arabia.

Full report: Bailii

B (A Minor : Habitual Residence) [2016] EWHC 2174 (Fam) (24 August 2016)

Application by mother for summary return of child to USA. Held that the child was habitually resident in the UK.

Full report: Bailii

Torbay council v M, F Re A B C [2015] EWFC B218 (17 November 2015)

Final hearing of application for care and placement orders in respect of three children.

Full report: Bailii

S Local Authority v T, UN & Ors [2016] EWFC 41 (21 July 2016)

Care proceedings in respect of eight children.

Full report: Bailii

L (Child), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 821 (25 August 2016)

Appeal by father against orders made in public law proceedings, on the ground that the court had no jurisdiction, there already being proceedings in France. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii
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Extending the great safety net

In Al-Jeffery v Al-Jeffery, Holman J  has confirmed for the first time that the High Court can exercise an inherent protective jurisdiction over a vulnerable British adult on the basis of their nationality, even if they are not habitually resident in England and Wales.

Full article: Family Law

Seventeenth century Chinese porcelain, section 188 of the Law of Property Act 1925, and the family lawyer

Seventeenth century Chinese porcelain is not the obvious starting point for an important case on ownership of chattels. However, it was the context for the Chancery Division to consider the effect of s 188 of the Law of Property Act 1925 in Butler v Butler.

Full article: Family Law

Honour Based Violence in Children Act Proceedings: A Question of Allocation

Damian Stuart, barrister, FOURTEEN, considers how the family courts might better deal with allegations of honour based violence in the context of private law Children Act proceedings.

Full article: Family Law Week
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The View from the Daily Mail: Squandering and other lost opportunities

This is a post by Sarah Phillimore and represents her views about the Daily Mail which she hopes, but cannot assume, are shared by other members of the Transparency Project.

Full post: The Transparency Project

McKenzie Friends: responses to the consultation

In February 2016, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, and the Judicial Executive Board issued a consultation entitled “Reforming the courts’ approach to McKenzie Friends”.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Tape recording of an expert (a SHOCKING case)

Re F (A Minor) 2016.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Law for social workers (part 3)

This time I’m going to deal with Placement Orders and Adoption Orders.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

A postcard from the President…

CAFCASS and The President slip out three distinct reform bombshells, all with a common purpose : managing the ever rising number of care applications in the context of the ever diminishing pot of funds.

Full post: Pink Tape
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