Vulnerable woman with complex health problems cannot leave care facility, judge decides

A 56-year-old woman with complex physical and mental health problems cannot be allowed to leave a care facility and return to her flat, a judge in a specialist court has ruled.

Full story: Care Appointments

Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2019 comes into force

The Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 15 March 2019. It comes into force immediately.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge argues ‘transparency’ outweighs risk in naming council in child protection cases

A family court judge has spelled out why councils should be named in rulings on cases involving applications for children to be taken from the care of their parents.

Full story: Care Appointments

No fault divorce is consistent with international trends

Nuffield Foundation research seeks to inform MoJ consultation.

Full story: Family Law Week

Commons approves amendments to Civil Partnerships Bill

Regulations to be introduced by end of year.

Full story: Family Law Week

New private law cases received by Cafcass in February rose by 20 per cent

Highest February demand since 2013.

Full story: Family Law Week

New care applications received by Cafcass in February fall by 16 per cent

Cafcass considers monthly figure to be an ‘outlier’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Court of Protection should not summarily dismiss cases where liberty is at stake, says senior judge

Court of Protection judges should not summarily dismiss cases where someone’s liberty is at stake, Mr Justice Hayden, Vice President of the court, has said.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer
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Parent A v Parent B & Ors [2019] EWHC 406 (Fam) (10 January 2019)

Application by father for a spend time with order in respect of his son. Fact-finding hearing to consider allegations of abuse by the father.

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CS v SBH & Ors [2019] EWHC 634 (Fam) (18 March 2019)

Appeal by child against dismissal of application for variation of order that child live with father.

Full report: Bailii

London Borough of Hackney v SJF & Anor [2019] EWCOP 8 (12 March 2019)

Judgment considering whether a 56 year old woman with physical and mental health issues had capacity, and if not, whether she should leave residential placement.

Full report: Bailii

VB v JD & Ors [2019] EWHC 612 (Fam) (05 February 2019)

Appeal by mother against order stopping all direct contact with child.

Full report: Bailii

Downes v Downes & Anor [2019] EWHC 491 (Ch) (13 March 2019)

The Claimant claimed that he was the sole beneficial owner of three properties and sought declarations to that effect, orders that they be transferred into his sole name and consequential relief. His claims were successful.

Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub
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Children Private Law Update – March 2019

Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.

Full article: Family Law Week

Finance & Divorce Update March 2019

Sue Brookes, Principal Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during February 2019.

Full article: Family Law Week

President’s precedent favours transparency

Why greater transparency in the family courts may — and should — be on the way.

Full article: Law Society Gazette
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Should a Local Authority serve notice of proceedings on a father suspected of abusing the mother?

P (Notice of care proceedings to father without parental responsibility) [2019] EWFC 13 (11 March 2019)  .

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Contempt of court: ‘publication’ and children proceedings

The tentacles of court contempt.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

I call humbug

The poor practice, serious mistakes and sometimes unlawful actions of people working in the family law system are almost always hidden.

Full post: The Transparency Project

The President’s guidance on anonymisation in published judgments

On 7 December 2018, Sir Andrew McFarlane, the President of the Family Division, issued some practice guidance to judges entitled Practice Guidance: anonymisation and avoidance of the identification of children and the treatment of explicit descriptions of the sexual abuse of children in judgments intended for the public arena.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Judgment critical of delay from expert

X and Y (Delay : Professional Conduct of Expert) [2019] EWFC B9 (11 March 2019).

Full post: suesspiciousminds
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