“Landmark moment” as Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament

Domestic Abuse Bill to receive first reading in the House of Commons.

Full story: GOV.UK

New private law cases received by Cafcass in June increased by 9 per cent year-on-year

Cafcass received a total of 3,715 new private law cases in June – 9.5 per cent (321 cases) higher than the same month last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill due to receive Commons second reading on 16 July

Bill will simplify process for online divorce.

Full story: Family Law Week

Councils can investigate parents’ complaints without consent of minors

Ombudsman clarifies local authority’s obligation.

Full story: Family Law Week

Refuge awarded grant to run National Domestic Violence Helpline

Domestic abuse charity Refuge has been awarded a grant to operate a helpline to provide confidential advice for domestic abuse victims.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge who approved abortion did not factor in vulnerable woman’s feelings

A judge who gave specialists permission to perform an abortion on a pregnant woman with learning disabilities did not pay enough heed to her feelings, appeal judges have said.

Full story: Care Appointments

Trend of falling care applications continues

Numbers of care applications have fallen again for the first quarter of this year, new figures show.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Heterosexual couples may be allowed to convert marriages to civil unions

Ministers in England and Wales are considering how to extend civil partnerships.

Full story: The Guardian
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A (Child), Re [2019] EWFC B34 (25 June 2019)

Applications for care and placement orders in relation to a 7 month old child. Care order agreed, but as to placement, the 'nothing else will do' test not established by the local authority.

Full report: Bailii

PQ & Anor v RS & Ors (Rev 1) [2019] EWHC 1643 (Ch) (04 July 2019)

Application by trustees of a discretionary settlement created in 1968 seeking the Court’s confirmation and approval that they have the power to execute a Deed of Appointment to include a child born out of wedlock (who otherwise may not be a beneficiary due to common law rules of construction) as a beneficiary of the trust. Application granted.

Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Week

O'Dwyer v O'Dwyer [2019] EWHC 1838 (Fam) (12 July 2019)

Appeal by husband against spousal maintenance order, on the basis that the judge was wrong to identify the income stream of a business as matrimonial property. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

AB (Termination of Pregnancy), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 1215 (11 July 2019)

Appeal against order that would have allowed the termination of the pregnancy of a 24-year-old woman with moderate learning disabilities. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

Northamptonshire County Council v AB & Anor [2019] EWHC 1807 (Fam) (16 April 2019)

Final welfare hearing in care proceedings concerning 4 year old boy, whose sibling was murdered by the sibling's father.

Full report: Bailii
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Regretful spending decisions: millionaire divorcee to serve as a lesson?

While family lawyers now frequently deal with cases arising on the separation of unmarried families, the jurisdictional basis for such proceedings falls to be considered less often and arises in a legal framework which may be unfamiliar to family lawyers. The recent decision in Gray v Hurley provides assistance on some of the issues which may arise in such cases.

Full article: Family Law

No fault divorce: serving the interests of respondents

David Hodson says that whilst very welcome, the draft legislation itself is very poor.

Full article: Family Law

Financial Remedy & Divorce Update, July 2019

Sue Brookes, Principal Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during June 2019.

Full article: Family Law Week
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How does the family court treat domestic abuse?: A snapshot (continued)

This blog post considers the case of O and Y (Children: Care Order) [2019] EWFC B22 (24 May 2019).

Full post: The Transparency Project

The President’s Expert Witness Working Group Symposium: in which lawyers (for once) were not the loudest voices in the room

A collective of medical and legal professionals descended on the Royal Courts of Justice on 4th July 2019 to discuss the current shortage of medical experts in the family courts.

Full post: The Transparency Project

A view from the front row – a barrister’s perspective of the family court’s mishandling of children cases involving domestic abuse

This is a guest post from Dr Charlotte Proudman. Charlotte is a family law barrister at Goldsmith Chambers specialising in violence against women and girls.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Children Cases in the Family Court – Interim Proposals for Reform (Private Law)

Following on from our post summarising the key recommendations from Mr Justice Keehan’s Public Law Working Group which can be found here, we now turn our attention to the issue of private law.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Children Cases in the Family Court – Interim Proposals for Reform (Public Law)

Today, the President of the Family Court Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, published interim reports from his Public and Private Law Working Groups.

Full post: The Transparency Project
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