LATEST FAMILY LAW NEWS

Pension cap exception may benefit divorcing pension holders

A little-known exception to Money Purchase Annual Allowance rules may be used, where applicable, to benefit pension holders.

Full story: Family Law Week

Mental health services fail to ask women about their experience of domestic abuse

Mental health services across England are failing to ask women about experiences of domestic abuse, according to new data in a report published by Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.

Full story: Family Law Week

New care applications received by Cafcass in July fell slightly

New applications down in each of the last nine months.

Full story: Family Law Week

New private law cases received by Cafcass in July increased by 18 per cent year-on-year

Cafcass received a total of 4,369 new private law cases in July – 18.7 per cent (688 cases) higher than the same month last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

Ignore emails after 6pm, family court tells lawyers

Barristers should take an hour for lunch and ignore emails before 8am and after 6pm, according to well-being guidance issued by the Central Family Court.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Family court has jurisdiction to review its findings of fact, says Court of Appeal

The family court has the statutory power to review its own decisions and challenges to findings of fact on the basis of further evidence do not have to be by way of appeal only, the Court of Appeal has held.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Stepsister wins legal battle over which parent died first

Entitlement to co-owned estate depended on sequence of John and Marjorie Scarle’s deaths.

Full story: The Guardian

Child-parent abuse doubled in three years, according to police records

Prosecutions fell by 36 per cent over the same period.

Full story: Family Law Week
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LATEST FAMILY LAW CASES

Z v Y [2019] EWHC 2255 (Fam) (09 August 2019)

Application by mother for specific issue order that child undergo brain surgery to alleviate epileptic seizures.

Full report: Bailii

Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust v X [2019] EWCOP 35 (25 July 2019)

Application by NHS Trust for declaration regarding capacity and orders for serious medical treatment relating to a woman in the advanced stages of her pregnancy.

Full report: Bailii

AB v CD (No 2) [2019] EWHC 2244 (Fam) (16 August 2019)

Further judgment in proceedings concerning, inter alia, issue of whether child should be told that mother's husband is not his father, and the identity of his father.

Full report: Bailii

Scarle James Deceased, the Estate of v Scarle Marjorie Deceased, the Estate of [2019] EWHC 2224 (Ch) (13 August 2019)

Judgment considering issue of which of married couple died first.

Full report: Bailii

E (Children: Reopening Findings of Fact) [2019] EWCA Civ 1447 (14 August 2019)

Appeal considering the options open to someone wishing to challenge findings of fact in family proceedings on the basis of further evidence that was not available at the trial.

Full report: Bailii
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LATEST FAMILY LAW ARTICLES

A lesson from the fellow in Iannello

Following the Australian decision of Iannello and Iannello (No.3) Sarah Basso and Rachel Roberts look at the approach of England and in respect of orders in matrimonial proceedings directing a party to make a payment of their bonus to their (former) spouse.

Full article: Family Law

Surrogacy and HFEA update: Summer 2019 – Part 2

Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent policy developments relating to surrogacy.

Full article: Family Law Week

Surrogacy and HFEA update: Summer 2019 – Part 1

Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent cases relating to surrogacy and HFEA.

Full article: Family Law Week
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LATEST FAMILY LAW BLOG POSTS

Mend law and save tragic kids?

It’s a common mistake for journalists (and others) to refer to the Children’s Act. Pedantic family lawyers bristle at this (it’s the Children Act). But pedantry aside, this error is often a clue that something has been written without much input from a lawyer. And so it seems with the Sunday Mirror’s various campaign pieces published today about the law on protecting children from violent parents, which feature far worse mistakes than punctuation.

Full post: The Transparency Project

An example of why headlines matter

Lucy Reed looks at a case in which a father committed suicide after his contact was restricted.

Full post: The Transparency Project

How to challenge findings of fact about children

The Court of Appeal has issued a judgment which clarifies when and how a parent who has been the subject of findings of fact can challenge those findings. This post summarises that new guidance.

Full post: The Transparency Project

How does the family court treat domestic abuse?: A ‘snapshot’ (continued – part 6)

 Sophie Smith-Holland looks at the case A Local Authority v C [2019] EWHC 1782 (Fam) (12 April 2019).

Full post: The Transparency Project

Can an adoption order be undone? – New case

Three years ago, I wrote a blog post, ‘Can an adoption order be undone?’ The answer was, only in very exceptional circumstances. A new High Court judgment, ZH v HS & others, has not broken any new ground, but gives us a further example of the sort of procedural flaws that are so serious they undermine the granting of the order.

Full post: The Transparency Project
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