Judge allows inter-country adoption to proceed despite failure to comply with pre-adoption requirements

An application for an inter-country adoption should not fail because of inconsequential errors made by the intending adopter, a High Court Family Division judge has ruled.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

New private law cases received by Cafcass in October rose by 9 per cent year-on-year

Cafcass received a total of 4,361 new private law cases (involving 5,451 children) in October – 9.5 per cent (or 379 cases) higher than the same month last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

Number of children in foster care rises by 3 per cent over last year

Almost 55,000 children and young people placed with foster carers.

Full story: Family Law Week

Child abuse linked to witchcraft rises by a third, councils reveal

The number of children in England identified by councils as having been abused for reasons associated with witchcraft has risen by a third in the past three years, the Local Government Association has revealed.

Full story: Family Law Week

New care applications received by Cafcass fall slightly in October

Cafcass received a total of 1,635 new care applications in September – six fewer than in the same month last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

Practice Guidance: Placements in unregistered children’s homes in England or unregistered care home services in Wales

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued a new practice guidance to explain the registration and regulation structure applicable in England and, separately, in Wales for residential care facilities for children and young people.

Full story: Family Law Week

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 2

Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers looks at this week's news and cases.

Podcast: Family Law Week

Russian billionaire succeeds in having wife’s MFPA Pt III claim dismissed

If claim allowed, there would be 'no limit to divorce tourism'.

Full story: Family Law Week
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A Local Authority v F & Ors [2019] EWHC 3075 (Fam) (15 November 2019)

Fact-finding in care proceedings, concerning issue of father's role in death of mother.

Full report: Bailii

I-L (Children) (1996 Hague Child Protection Convention : Inherent Jurisdiction) [2019] EWCA Civ 1956 (15 November 2019)

Appeal by father against order made under inherent jurisdiction requiring the parties' two children to be returned to Russia.

Full report: Bailii

AY v AS [2019] EWHC 3043 (Fam) (14 November 2019)

Mother's application for permission to relocate child permanently to Kazakhstan.

Full report: Bailii

BB v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and CB (CSM) (Child support - calculation of income) [2019] UKUT 314 (AAC) (15 October 2019)

Appeal concerning question of whether a redundancy payment should be treated as part of an NRP's
current income for the purpose of assessing his child support liability.

Full report: Bailii

Raqeeb v Barts Health NHS Trust (Litigation Friend) [2019] EWHC 2976 (Admin) (11 November 2019)

Application to terminate appointment of litigation friend for child, in case concerning withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment.

Full report: Family Law Week
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Parental alienation: treading a treacherous path

A Bristol judge has decided to publish his decision in an exceptional case of parental alienation.

Full article: Family Law

Breakdown cover

David Burrows provides a rundown of child support appeals to the First-tier Tribunal & Upper Tribunal.

Full article: Family Law

Thirty years on, has the Children Act changed family life for the better?

Politicians, social workers, parents and legal experts discuss whether the far-reaching act has been successful at putting children’s interests first.

Full article: The Guardian
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“Financial advisers – better at financial advice than law – who’da thunk it?”

This week, the Telegraph featured an article with the headline I’m getting divorced. Do I need a financial adviser?

Full post: The Transparency Project

The Public and the ‘Future Court’

A Future Court and Tribunal Service Built for Users was the title of Tuesday’s HMCTS annual public event to inform court users and their representatives about progress of the court modernisation programme, 12 months since the last such update.

Full post: The Transparency Project

‘Are you here because of the significant failure?’

As it happens I wasn’t, and the lawyer who asked me this had assumed wrongly. I was attending court just to see what was on that day, and to use the legal blogging pilot to try to report a typical day in the life of a circuit judge.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Ordinary heartbreak

This post is about a hearing I attended recently as a legal blogger. This hearing was a case management hearing in a care case.

Full post: The Transparency Project

“And all the pieces matter…”

S (A Child: Adequacy of Reasoning), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 1845 (31 October 2019).

Full post: suesspiciousminds
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