Helicopter seized and sold in Akhmedova divorce case

First inroads made on £450 million award.

Full story: Family Law Week

Child Support Agency: information for parents owed historical debt

Guidance explains circumstances in which DWP will seek to collect debt.

Full story: Family Law Week

Mediation starts fall to half pre-LASPO levels

Legal Aid statistics for July to September 2018 published.

Full story: Family Law Week

Firm fined £5,000 for misjudgment over divorce advice conflict

A regional firm which acted for a client in divorce proceedings despite being advised that a conflict could arise has been fined £5,000 and ordered to pay more than £26,000 in costs.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

LASPO review publication delayed again to early 2019

The long-awaited review of legal aid reforms will not be published by the end of this year, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Judge rules doctors can amputate man's foot against his wishes

Doctors fear gangrene would spread from leg and ultimately kill him.

Full story: The Independent

Judge rules to allow severely ill 11-month old to 'die peacefully'

Parents said they understood doctors’ advice but could not make decision to let go.

Full story: The Guardian

Care applications received by Cafcass in November slightly down on last year

1,214 new care applications received.

Full story: Family Law Week
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MG v JH [2018] EWHC 3477 (Fam) (30 November 2018)

Initial hearing in application by mother for permission to take child to Mexico, the mother having previously retained the child there without the father's consent.

Full report: Bailii

X (A Child) (No 5) [2018] EWHC 3442 (Fam) (14 December 2018)

Judgment concerning issue of whether a reporting restriction order should continue in case of serious child abuse.

Full report: Bailii

X (A Child) (No 4) [2018] EWHC 1815 (Fam) (14 December 2018)

Third trial of allegations that the parents had inflicted serious injuries on child when the child was only a few weeks old in 2012.

Full report: Bailii

BB v CC (residence order) [2018] EWFC B78 (15 October 2018)

Proceedings concerning arrangements for a 3 year old child. Appeal by mother against order that required her to relocate with the child from one part of the country to the other. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

ABX v SBX [2018] EWFC 81 (31 July 2018)

Final hearing of husband's financial remedy application and wife's s.37 application.

Full report: Bailii
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How much did divorce law change in 2018?

And what will happen in 2019? Asks Stephen Lyon, Family barrister, 4PB.

Full article: Law Society Gazette

Children: Public Law Update (December 2018)

John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent, important Children Public Law cases.

Full article: Family Law Week

Think of the Children! – Minors and reasonable financial provision

On 27 July 2018, the High Court handed down judgment in the case of Ubbi v Ubbi . The judgment explored reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 in the context of minor children and serves as a necessary reminder to all to update your will.

Full article: Hardwicke
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Family proceedings: open justice and legal principle – Part 1

Public hearings: what do the rules say?

Full post: dbfamilylaw

High Court to scrutinise restrictions on areas where P has capacity

Mr Justice Hayden has handed down a judgment concerning LC, a young woman with autism and significant learning disabilities.

Full post: Doughty Street Chambers

Anonymisation Guidance – a curtain of secrecy?

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew MacFarlane issued some guidance last week on the anonymisation of published judgments in family court cases.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Multiple failings, IRO and whistleblowing

A & B (care orders and placement orders – failures) [2018] EWFC 72 (30 November 2018).

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Born of Injustice – how it came to be written

Last month, The Doctor magazine published Born of Injustice,a piece based on papers we obtained from a family court. It raises serious questions about the treatment of a mother with mental ill health whose baby had been removed at birth for nine months.

Full post: The Transparency Project
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