Monthly care applications reach three-year low

The number of monthly children's care applications made by councils to family courts has dipped below the 1,000 mark for the first time in more than three years.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Woman ordered not to contact son is spared jail for attending parents' evening

London woman, who cannot be identified, tells family court there was exemption in order allowing her to attend.

Full story: The Guardian

Child maintenance: changes to powers of entry and information requests

This consultation seeks views on changes to the powers the Child Maintenance Scheme use to calculate child maintenance and enforce payments.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Civil Partnerships Bill due to receive second reading on 18 January

The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc) Bill, sponsored by Tim Loughton and Baroness Hodgson of Abinger, will receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 18 January 2019.

Full story: Family Law Week

Government issues deprivation of liberty definition in bid to provide clarity to practitioners

Ministers’ amendment to DoLS replacement bill sets out when a person would not be deprived of liberty, but sparks concerns over compatibility with human rights law.

Full story: Community Care

Only three in ten children with mental health problems receive NHS-funded treatment

Government must accelerate prevention and early intervention efforts: Public Accounts Committee.

Full story: Family Law Week

Law must recognise children as victims of domestic abuse between parents, NSPCC says

Almost 250,000 children currently living with domestic violence in England but not being treated as victims, figures suggest.

Full story: The Independent

Repatriation fees for forced marriage victims abolished

Campaigners had long said victims should not have to pay Foreign Office for their freedom.

Full story: The Guardian
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K (A child : Hague Child Abduction Convention) [2018] EWHC 2406 (Fam) (27 July 2018)

Application by mother for summary return of child to Turkey. Return ordered.

Full report: Bailii

AR v JR [2018] EWHC 3626 (Fam) (28 November 2018)

Application for wife's financial remedies application to be struck out on the basis that it is (a), vexatious, and/or duplicative and/or (b), on the basis there has been prior compromise.

Full report: Bailii

TK v SK (Children: Fact finding: Serious Domestic Abuse) [2018] EWFC B81 (21 November 2018)

Private law children proceedings. Fact-finding hearing involving serious allegations of abuse.

Full report: Bailii

A Local Authority v B, H and I (Sibling as carer or adoption) [2019] EWFC B1 (4 January 2019)

Care and placement proceedings in relation to three children of a sibling group of nine.

Full report: Bailii

AH v AMH F (Summary return of child to Sudan) [2018] EWHC 2981 (Fam) (19 October 2018)

Final hearing of the mother's application for the summary return of the parties' son to the Republic of the Sudan. Return ordered.

Full report: Bailii
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Potential use of share options in divorce settlements

Trevor Slack, a partner at Griffins and former principal at Charles River Associates, discusses an approach that may be taken in valuing a family business in divorce proceedings.

Full article: Family Law

Opinion: The UK will be ready for a no deal Brexit in family law

iFLG partner David Hodson argues the UK is prepared and ready to leave the EU in the event of no deal in the family law context.

Full article: Family Law

Financial Remedy & Divorce Update, January 2019

Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate, and Sue Brookes, Principal Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2018.

Full article: Family Law Week
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An interesting judgment about reporting restrictions

This post is about a case called : A and B (Children) [2018] EWHC 3491 (Fam) (20 December 2018).

Full post: The Transparency Project

Hi Sky, Corrected your misleading headline, love TP xxx

Thanks to Emily Ward for alerting us to this gem of a headline from Sky News : Man loses court fight over wife’s ‘flirtatious’ kisses on text messages.

Full post: The Transparency Project

International Online Courts Forum: what we learned

We joined more than 300 government, legal and IT professionals from around the world of delegates at last month’s first International Online Courts Forum.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Another runaway mum in the news – what’s the story?

Shortly before Christmas reports began to emerge of a young mother who had disappeared with her little boy, and of the High Court Judge who gave permission for the family to be publicly named and photos shown in order to help locate them.

Full post: The Transparency Project

What’s in a judgment anyway?

In November a journalist I know and respect took to social media to air her concerns about the probity of family court process as regards transcripts of hearings.

Full post: Pink Tape
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