Boy must leave mother with 'hateful feelings' for father, judge rules

Eight-year-old has to live with father to avoid significant emotional harm, parents told.

Full story: The Guardian

Legal aid changes to streamline family work

New approach from 19 April 2019.

Full story: Family Law Week

'Not good enough' - Munby criticises regional divorce centre errors

Days after the most senior family judge apologised to practitioners for delays and inefficiencies at the regional divorce centres, his outspoken predecessor has criticised HM Courts & Tribunals Service for being 'unable or unwilling' to resource them adequately.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Court of Appeal sets aside 'absurd' care decision after 'shambolic' case

The Court of Appeal has delivered an excoriating assessment of a judge’s ‘unprecedented’ summary dismissal of care proceedings at an interim procedural stage.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Legal Aid Agency guidance on interpreters at court clarified

The Legal Aid Agency has revised its Guidance on Remuneration of Expert Witnesses to clarify payments for legally aided interpreters at court.

Full story: Family Law Week

Child Maintenance Service: August 2013 to December 2018 (experimental)

Experimental statistics on cases processed under the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme administered by the Child Maintenance Service.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Separated families population statistics: April 2014 to March 2017

Estimates of the separated families population and their child maintenance arrangements. Analysis also shows separated families with no arrangement.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Judge decides ‘closeted’ boy, 15, caused ‘genital injuries’ to seven-year-old sister

A 15-year-old boy who said he spent most of his time sleeping, playing computer games or watching horror films caused “genital injuries” to his seven-year-old sister, a High Court judge has decided.

Full story: Care Appointments
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Office of the Public Guardian v PGO & Ors, Re: BGO [2019] EWCOP 13 (5 April 2019)

Judgment considering whether LPAs were valid, notwithstanding that they had been witnessed by one of the attorneys.

Full report: Bailii

MFS (Appeal: Transfer of Primary Care) [2019] EWHC 768 (Fam) (29 March 2019)

Application by mother for permission to appeal against order that child move to live with his father. Permission refused.

Full report: Bailii

W v H [2019] EWFC B19 (05 March 2019)

Application by wife to set aside consent order on grounds of undue influence, duress, fraudulent non-disclosure, and lack of legal advice.

Full report: Bailii

NKR & Anor v The Thomson Snell And Passmore Trust Corporation Ltd [2019] EWCOP 15 (21 March 2019)

Application for the discharge of the appointment of an existing professional property and affairs deputy, and the appointment of another instead.

Full report: Bailii

Giusti v Ferragamo [2019] EWCA Civ 691 (17 April 2019)

Appeal by wife against order staying her English divorce petition, and dismissing her application for a single joint expert to be instructed to provide an opinion on Italian law.

Full report: Bailii
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RE B (A Child) (Post-Adoption Contact) [2019] EWCA Civ 29: What is the Future for Post-Adoption Contact?

The issue of post-adoption contact was recently considered by the Court of Appeal in Re B (A Child) (Post-Adoption Contact) [2019] EWCA Civ 29. This article, written by the solicitor and junior counsel for the appellants, considers the backdrop against which this appeal was made and where this judgment leaves the issue of post-adoption contact.

Full article: Family Law Week

Pierburg and habitual residence: certainty at last?

Last week, judgment was handed down in the High Court in the case of Pierburg v Pierburg [2019] EWFC 24. It is hoped that Moor J’s decision will bring clarity to the topic of so-called ‘divorce tourism’, which had been left in a state of uncertainty for the past decade, by offering definitive guidance on how to determine whether the English court has jurisdiction to deal with a divorce.

Full article: Class Legal

Children Act ‘betrayed’ in climate of cuts, top family barrister says

Cuts to services have “essentially betrayed the legacy of the Children Act 1989” by piling pressure on families and social workers, driving the current rise in care proceedings, a leading family lawyer told a debate yesterday.

Full article: Community Care
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“…such obviously fallacious legal arguments”

H-L (Children: Summary Dismissal of Care Proceedings).

Full post: suesspiciousminds

When children are abducted by a parent – a scourge, an unspeakable cruelty and a matter of public interest

Since yesterday the news has been full of reports about a Ukrainian ‘Billionaire, Sergiy Tigipko, investigated over abduction of [his] UK grandchildren’.

Full post: The Transparency Project

“Love her how I love her”

In a dreadfully sad case, the mum wrote in a statement to the court her reasons for not actively opposing the care and placement order in respect of her little girl.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Finding fault in the reporting of no fault divorce

Jo Edwards dissects various headlines that were screamed from the front pages of newspapers across the country last week, after the government announced plans to reform divorce law in England and Wales.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Giving hope to all concierges who date cosmetics heiresses*

Ipekçi v McConnell is a case between  – yes, you’ve guessed it – a hotel concierge, Anil Ipekçi, and  Morgan McConnell, the great-granddaughter of the founder of Avon.

Full post: The Transparency Project
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