New funding to protect child abuse victims and track down offenders

A £30 million funding boost will equip law enforcement with pioneering new tech and capabilities to track down more paedophiles operating online and safeguard children who have been abused, the government has announced.

Full story: Family Law Week

Tory MP refuses to say if domestic abuse bill will ban cross-examination of victims

Victoria Atkins fails to confirm that new bill will contain key measure in original proposal.

Full story: The Guardian

First domestic abuse commissioner for England and Wales revealed

The first domestic abuse commissioner for England and Wales is "relieved" the prime minister has pledged to re-introduce a new law on the issue.

Full story: BBC News

Paralegal’s contempt conviction found to be ‘manifestly unfair’

Judges in the Court of Appeal have quashed a paralegal’s conviction for contempt after finding significant procedural mistakes in how the case was handled.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

6,000 became homeless in three months following domestic abuse

Women’s Aid publishes No Woman Turned Away report 2019.

Full story: Family Law Week

Support for family and friends carers looking after children

Research briefing financial and other help available.

Full story: Family Law Week

Annual CPS Violence against Women and Girls report published

Latest figures on prosecutions involving Violence against Women and Girls have been released by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Full story: Family Law Week

New care applications received by Cafcass in August fell by 11 per cent

New applications down in each of the last ten months.

Full story: Family Law Week
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S-L (Children : Adjournment) [2019] EWCA Civ 1571 (19 September 2019)

Appeal by local authority against decision to adjourn applications for care and placement orders in respect of two young children. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

JB (Capacity: Consent To Relations And Contact With Others) [2019] EWCOP 39 (17 September 2019)

Judgment concerning capacity of 36 year old man to have relations and contact with others.

Full report: Bailii

K v L Re M, N [2019] EWFC B50 (15.May 2019)

Application by father of 2 young children to have them live with him, considering the impact of domestic abuse on child arrangements and an allegation of parental alienation supported by one of the experts.

Full report: Bailii

TP and TS (Children) [2019] EWHC B51 (17 September 2019)

Application for care orders in relation to twin girls, arising from concerns that both children suffered significant injuries which were considered to be non-accidental.

Full report: Bailii

Ogunware v Ogunware [2019] EWHC 2428 (Fam) (25 July 2019)

Application for declaration that purported marriage entered into in Nigeria was not valid. Application dismissed.

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Open justice ‘victory’ revisited

Laws governing the release of court material to non-parties in civil cases post Cape Intermediate are clear, but has the decision moved transparency laws forward for family proceedings? David Burrows reports.

Full article: Family Law

Cohabiting with a partner: protecting assets

With the number of cohabiting couples continuing to increase, how can lawyers advise those those who choose to move in together protect their assets in the case of a breakup?

Full article: Family Law

NRPF: The crisis facing the children of migrants

Cameron Boyle, political correspondent for the Immigration Advice Service, explains the impact on the children of migrants of having no recourse to public funds and encountering problems with local authorities’ application of Children Act 1989, section 17.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Private hearing, in secret and in chambers

What is ‘private’: a need for clarity in law.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Lomax v Lomax – must parties consent to Early Neutral Evaluation process?

In an appeal from a decision made by a family judge in an inheritance dispute, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the consent of the parties is not needed for a court to order them to submit their case to an ENE, or “early neutral evaluation”.

Full post: The Transparency Project

‘Private law children reform: a long and winding road, with Professor Hunter’

Professor Hunter (University of Kent) argues for a fresh look at the bigger picture if we are to get domestic abuse in the family courts right.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Open justice: when is secrecy lawful in family proceedings? – Part 3

Can a family court decide whether a court rule is valid?

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Can a violent husband block a divorce?

This week has seen the headline : Mum whose violent husband was jailed can’t get a divorce – because he says no, appear in the Daily Mirror.

Full post: The Transparency Project
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