New family court centre opens in East London

A new family court in East London was today opened by the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, and minister Simon Hughes.

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Volume of family mediation starts 46 per cent down on pre-LASPO levels

According to figures published by the Ministry of Justice, the number of family mediations getting underway is still 46 per cent down on pre-LASPO levels.

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Russian academic 'brainwashed' sons abducted in London

A Russian academic "abducted" his two sons from London and "brainwashed" them, the High Court has heard.

Full story: BBC News

Children in care and adoption performance tables published

Performance by English local authorities shown on 16 key indicators.

Full story: Family Law Week

Latest adoption scorecards published

Stats set out performance of English local authorities for year to 31st March 2014.

Full story: Family Law Week

The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2014

These Rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010.

Statutory Instrument

The Family Court (Composition and Distribution of Business) (Amendment) Rules 2014

These Rules amend the Family Court (Composition and Distribution of Business) Rules 2014 to make provision in relation to the allocation in the family court of certain proceedings under Regulation (EU) No 606/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12th June 2013 on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters.

Statutory Instrument

Representation slumps in family law

The proportion of private family law cases in which both parties were represented has almost halved since legal aid reforms were introduced.

Full story: Law Society Gazette
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Portsmouth City Council v O [2014] EWFC B173 (31 July 2014)

Judgmentin care proceedings relating to four children.

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The London Borough of Haringey v LM & Ors [2014] EWFC B172 (22 December 2014)

Application for care and palcement ordrs in respect of two children.

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Y v Y (Financial Remedy: Marriage Contract) [2014] EWHC 2920 (Fam) (27 June 2014)

Wife's application for financial remedy orders, where the parties had entered into a pre-marriage contract in France.

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P (A Child: Use of S.20 CA 1989) [2014] EWFC 775 (16 December 2014)

Judgment in proceedings concerning a child who had been in s.20 accommodation for two and a half years.

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Y (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1553 (20 November 2014)

Second appeal by parents against care orders in respect of two children. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Family Law Week
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Mediation Matters: Misquoting statistics will not help mediation’s cause

There was an awkward moment for Courts and Legal Aid Minister Shailesh Vara when he appeared before the Commons Justice Select Committee earlier this month and took questions about the impact of LASPO on mediation.

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E-Bundling – How Soon is Now?

Gawain Williams, Solicitor with Carmarthenshire County Council, describes the benefits of E-bundling as demonstrated by a project established for care proceedings in South West Wales.

Full article: Family Law Week

View from the Foot of the Tower: Two steps forward, two steps back

Following the recent batch of Court of Appeal authorities, which may or may not have coincidentally been timed with the decline in adoption statistics, the Court of Appeal have given a heavyweight judgment in Re R (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1625.

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McCartney's way out

Supplemental petitions are back.

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Baroness Hale proposes ‘no fault’ divorce

On 12 December 2014, Baroness Hale, the UK’s most senior female judge and Deputy President of the Supreme Court, proposed a new system of ‘no fault’ divorce in the UK.

Full post: UKSC blog

Another day, another appeal against Placement Orders refused

Re P (A child) 2014.

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Clear now?

The Telegraph this morning runs a “Top Family Judge” story :”Social workers must not ‘shy away’ from adoption – top family judge.

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Child Sexual Exploitation (Birmingham injunction case)

Birmingham City Council v Riaz and Others 2014.

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