Domestic abuse: 10% of young women affected - ONS

More than 10% of women aged between 16 and 19 in England and Wales say they have experienced domestic abuse in the past year, research suggests.

Full story: BBC News

Budget gives divorced couples exemption on stamp duty surcharge

Divorcing couples who faced paying higher stamp duty rates will be given reprieve in a moved which reversed one of the unintended consequences of previous legislation.

Full story: The Telegraph

MoJ warns on reliability of old forensic tests in family cases and issues guidance for concerned clients

Warning concerns cases carried out by Trimega between 2010 and 2014.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Man who murdered adopted daughter was 'Jekyll and Hyde' character

Family court judge raises concerns about how injuries sustained by Elsie Scully-Hicks were dealt with.

Full story: The Guardian

Potential client met with top family law solicitor “to conflict him out” of acting for other side

A leading family law solicitor’s meeting with a potential client was for the purpose of conflicting him out of acting for the other side, the High Court has said as it rejected an application to stop him from doing just that.

Full story: Legal Futures

Surrogate mother who changed her mind must hand baby to gay couple, court rules

A surrogate mother has lost custody of her child after a court ruled he would be better placed with the gay couple who arranged for her to have the baby.

Full story: The Telegraph

Divorcing parents could lose children if they try to turn them against partner

Measures being trialled to prevent ‘parental alienation’ feature penalties including permanent loss of contact with child.

Full story: The Guardian

Police response to victims of domestic abuse ‘has improved markedly’

Inspectorate publishes progress report on police response to domestic abuse.

Full story: Family Law Week
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T (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1889 (23 November 2017)

Appeal concerning the extent to which a family court may exercise its jurisdiction to grant a non-molestation injunction under FLA 1996 to protect a child who is the subject of a care order.

Full report: Bailii

NA (A Child), Re [2017] EWHC 2902 (Fam) (03 October 2017)

Application by mother for permission to appeal against an order that child should continue to live with her father. Permission refused.

Full report: Bailii

NB, Re [2017] EWCOP 16 (09 June 2017)

Application to change living arrangements of 23 year old woman with autistic spectrum disorder.

Full report: Bailii

NB, Re [2015] EWCOP 92 (2 October 2015)

Application by local authority for permission to remove 22 year old woman with autistic spectrum disorder from her family home.

Full report: Bailii

DO & BO (Temprorary Relocation to China), Re [2017] EWHC 858 (Fam) (12 April 2017)

Application by mother for permission to take children to China for a holiday. Permission refused.

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Claiming for the costs of a surrogacy arrangement: A new head of loss?

In the recent case of XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust XX received £74,000 for the cost of two surrogacies in the UK. This was because XX was unable to bear children as a direct consequence of her delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer.

Full article: Family Law

Article 15 transfer requests – what happens next? (FE v MR and Others)

Analysing a case where the Family Court submitted a ‘highly unusual’ request under Article 15 of Brussels II bis to the Spanish court for it to transfer jurisdiction to the courts of England and Wales, Chris Stevenson, barrister at Fourteen, questions how such cases will be approached in a post-Brexit world.

Full article: Family Law

The revised Practice Direction 12J: Child Arrangements & Contact Order: Domestic Violence and Harm

Marie Crawford, barrister of Becket Chambers, explains in detail the changes to Practice Direction 12J.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Who protects the social workers?

When a child dies, it is often social workers whose names pop up in the press, who are vilified and blamed.

Full post: The Transparency Project

The court’s role in sanctioning medical treatment and the withdrawal of medical treatment of children: “Parental autonomy and a child’s best interests: Should the courts have the final say?”

This was the vexed question posed at the 11th Family Justice Council Annual Debate last night.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Secrecy and disproportionality in the family courts

Attempts to ‘conflict out’ a party to family proceedings.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Equal Civil Partnerships: Implications of Strasbourg’s latest ruling for Steinfeld and Keidan

Ratzenböck and Seydl v Austria (ECtHR) 26 October 2017.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Elsie Scully-Hicks – Family Court Judgment Released

Mr Justice Moor has today published his judgment about the death of Elsie (known to her biological family as Shayla).

Full post: The Transparency Project
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