Council funding for women's refuges cut by nearly £7m since 2010

Funding is down at two-thirds of local authorities across England, Wales and Scotland, data reveals.

Full story: The Guardian

Rise in number of families in temporary accommodation

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has found that the number of families in temporary accommodation has risen by 64% since 2010, with almost 790,000 families staying in temporary accommodation in the last three months of 2017 because they didn’t have a permanent home.

Full story: Family Law

First domestic abuse consultation event held in Birmingham

The event is a key part of a major government consultation on the issue, and the first of 6 to be held across the country.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Lord Justice McFarlane speaks out for change to adoption contact system

Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane has delivered a speech on present practices surrounding contact and adoption.

Full story: Family Law

Funding boost to improve speed and quality of adoption services

The Regional Adoption Agencies will speed up matching to find loving, stable homes for children more quickly.

Full story: Department for Education

Take the blame out of divorce to help those trapped in 'loveless' marriages, says top family judge

No-fault divorce should be introduced to help women who are "trapped in a loveless marriage", Britain's top family judge has suggested.

Full story: The Telegraph

Flawed legal aid system leaves ‘poorer and vulnerable clients denied assistance’

The Law Society has revealed that lower income families in England and Wales are being denied legal aid, meaning that they are excluded from funded aid to help fight eviction, severe housing disrepair and other legal issues.

Full story: Family Law

Alfie Evans parents refused permission for supreme court appeal

Couple hoped to overturn decision to switch off seriously ill toddler’s life support.

Full story: The Guardian
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SR v HR [2018] EWHC 606 (Fam) (23 March 2018)

Appeal by husband against financial remedies order made in 2017, to replace orders made in 2012 and 2013, which were not implemented. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

AB, Re [2016] EWCOP 66 (20 December 2016)

Judgment approving HIV treatment regime for woman lacking capacity, involving the administration of medication to her on a basis of deception.

Full report: Bailii

H (A Child) [2018] EWHC 610 (Fam) (07 March 2018)

Judgment considering issue of possible fact-finding hearing regarding historic abuse allegations against partner of child's aunt, with whom the child is residing.

Full report: Bailii 

Secretary of State for the Home Department -v- Skripal and Another [2018] EWCOP 6 (22 March 2018)

Judgment allowing Salisbury NHS Trust to take blood samples from Sergei and Yulia Skripal and provide them to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Full report: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (PDF)

HTML version: Bailii

A v R & Anor (Appeal of Summary Determination) [2018] EWHC 521 (Fam) (21 March 2018)

Appeal by father against child arrangements order. Appeal allowed in part.

Full report: Bailii
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Hart v Hart: what led the court to order the ultimate sanction?

Anyone reading that John Hart, an 83-year-old man with prostate cancer, had been sent to prison by a High Court judge might naturally raise an eye-brow in surprise.

Full article: Family Law

Bloom v Bloom: The risks of failing to provide full and frank disclosure in financial remedy proceedings

Bloom v Bloom concerned the applicant wife’s application that judgments in the financial remedy proceedings, where the respondent husband had been found to have defrauded her parents, should be published un-anonymised.

Full article: Family Law

Villiers v Villiers: An Update

Michal Horton and Alex Laing, both of Coram Chambers, report on the latest developments in a case that has attracted widespread attention in the press.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Salisbury Nerve agent attack - Court of Protection decision

On 21st March, in the Court of Protection, Mr Justice Williams made a number of declarations relating to Mr Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, both victims of the Salisbury attack on 4th March.

Full post: Law and Lawyers

Time for constructive divorce

Nigel Shepherd, national head of family law at Mills & Reeve and national chair of Resolution, explains the reasons behind Resolution’s successful application to intervene in the Supreme Court appeal in Owens v Owens, and plans for the no fault divorce campaign going forward.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Judge tells lawyers off for talking over one another in court

In a judgment published on the BAILII website this week, a High Court Judge, Mr Justice MacDonald has criticized barristers involved in a case concerning the contact a 13 year old girl should have with her father, for the way they constantly interrupted one another.

Full post: The Transparency Project


A v R & Anor 2018.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Step-parent adoption order set aside where court misled

A father’s appeal out of time was allowed and a step-parent adoption order set aside as a result of deception by the applicants. Nasstassia Hylton, barrister at 1 Garden Court Chambers, considers the decision in Re J (Adoption: Appeal) [2018] EWFC 8 and looks at the serious consequences of giving false information to the courts.

Full post: Family Law Blog
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