70% of children living with both birth parents – government promotes relationship support

The number of children living with both birth parents has risen to 70%.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Laura Ashley boss says he struggles to pay his estranged wife's £110k-a-month maintenance

Multi-millionaire businessman Khoo Kay Peng is locked in a £400 million divorce battle with his former-Miss Malaysia wife of 43 years, Pauline Siew Phin Chai.

Full story: The Telegraph

Family court hammers firm in compliance crackdown

The family court has renewed a stern message to litigants that it will not tolerate non-compliance with court orders.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Woman acted as surrogate mother for son's IVF baby, court hears

Man in his 20s told he may adopt his biological son after court is told how he embarked on ‘process of becoming a father’ with assistance from his own mother.

Full story: The Guardian

Record number of children adopted by LGBT families

Minister thanks lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender community for ‘selfless dedication’ to vulnerable children.

Full story: Department for Education

Order prohibiting involvement of children in political activities set aside

Application for prohibited steps order to be re-heard.

Full story: Family Law Week

Divorce man 'not on same planet'

A highly successful businessman from the United States "not willing to pay a penny" in a multimillion-pound divorce battle has been told by a judge: "I am not sure you and I are on the same planet."

Full story: Belfast Telegraph

President outlines MOJ research on LIPs cross examining witnesses in private family proceedings

I am pleased to report that the Ministry of Justice is intending to gather information, and subsequently undertake a research study, on private law cases where direct cross examination of a vulnerable witness by a litigant in person is, or threatens to be, an issue.

Full story: Family Law
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MA & Anor (Children : return : protective order) [2014] EWHC 4730 (Fam) (31 October 2014)

Application by mother for return of children, in case where father claimed diplomatic immunity.

Full report: Bailii

R (Children), Re [2015] EWCA Civ 167 (05 March 2015)

Care proceedings. Appeal against refusal of permission for child to give oral evidence. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

EF (flawed placement application) [2015] EWFC B21 (4 March 2015)

Application for a placement order in respect of a 4 year old girl. Application dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

B v B [2015] EWHC 210 (Fam) (20 January 2015)

Appeal by husband against part of financial remedies order dividing shares belonging to the husband. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

A (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 162-1 (29 January 2015)

Appeal by local authority against dismissal of care and placement orders. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Family Law Week
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Unreasonable refusal to engage in mediation

Can a successful party’s costs entitlement be reduced by failure to engage in ADR?

Full article: Family Law

Children: Public Law Update (March 2015)

John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent judgments of particular importance to all practitioners in public children law.

Full article: Family Law Week

The President’s Address at the Annual Dinner of the Family Law Bar Association

Speech by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, at the Annual Dinner of the Family Law Bar Association on Friday 27 February 2015 at the Middle Temple.

Full speech: Family Law
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Child giving evidence

Re R (children) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Oedipus Wrecks

Re B v C (Surrogacy : Adoption) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Flawed placement order application

When you call a case  RE EF (flawed Placement Order application) 2015, you are laying down a marker that this is going to be a judgment that makes criticisms.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Failed attempt to revoke an Enduring Power of Attorney

As Senior Judge Lush remarks at the beginning of Re DT (2015) it is fairly unusual to dismiss the application of the Public Guardian to revoke an Enduring Power of Attorney.

Full post:  suesspiciousminds

Judicial appointment is not a licence to be gratuitously rude

Re A (Children) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds
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