Alfie Evans' parents lose latest legal battle at UK's highest court

Appeal by family of baby at centre of life-support dispute rejected by supreme court judges.

Full story: The Guardian

Family lawyers repeat calls for no-fault divorce ahead of Owens intervention

A national family law body is once again urging the government to reform 'outdated' divorce law as it prepares to intervene in a highly-anticipated case at the Supreme Court next month.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Pensions Advisory Group publishes long-awaited reports

Two reports published for consultation covering the legal issues of pensions on divorce and the use of valuation and experts.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Judge rejects bid by council to obtain wardship over ill child

A High Court judge has rejected an attempt by the London Borough of Croydon to obtain wardship over a seriously ill child.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Government denies welfare changes will exacerbate domestic abuse

The government has rejected concerns from MPs that the move to paying benefits to a single recipient in the household rather than separately will exacerbate domestic abuse cases.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

LASPO review unlikely to be released this year

The government’s long-awaited review into its controversial legal aid reforms is unlikely to be published this year, the Ministry of Justice has suggested - despite lord chancellor David Gauke stressing that he does not want the review to slip into 2019.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Controlling girlfriend 'first woman convicted' of new domestic abuse offence

A university graduate is believed to be the first woman convicted under new domestic abuse laws after scalding her boyfriend with boiling water, stabbing him and keeping food from him.

Full story: The Telegraph

Alfie Evans case: Court rules against parents again

Court of Appeal judges have rejected an bid by the parents of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans to overturn a decision over who has control of his life support.

Full story: BBC News
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NHS Windsor And Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Group v SP (Withdrawal of CANH) [2018] EWCOP 11 (20 April 2018)

Application by Clinical Commissioning Group for a declaration that it is not in patient's's best interests for Clinically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration (CANH) to be continued.

Full report: Bailii

A Local Authority v X & Ors [2018] EWHC 874 (Fam) (19 April 2018)

Care proceedings concerning 4 children of foreign nationality, who have been living in the UK since 2013. Final hearing, including dealing with issue of jurisdiction.

Full report: Bailii

KA v MA (Prenuptial Agreement: Needs) [2018] EWHC 499 (Fam) (13 March 2018)

Application by wife for financial remedies, and cross-application by husband seeking an order reflecting the terms of a prenuptial agreement.

Full report: Bailii

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust v Evans & Ors [2018] EWHC 818 (Fam) (11 April 2018)

Judgment endorsing care plan constructed by NHS Trust, setting out the provisions for the end of child's life.

Full report: Bailii

Proles v Kohli [2018] EWHC 767 (Ch) (17 April 2018)

Judgment in Inheritance act claim, dealing with preliminary issue of whether the deceased was domiciled in England at the date of his death.

Full report: Bailii
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The courts’ jurisdiction to vary capital orders

Clare Williams examines the limited scope for the variation of capital orders, and diverging judicial views on the jurisdiction of the court to make an interim order for sale, in the case of SR v HR where an added complication was the bankruptcy of the husband.

Full article: Family Law

New Resolution Chair addresses National Conference

Earlier today (20 April), Margaret Heathcote became National Chair of Resolution. Here is her inaugural address to the 30th National Conference, taking place in Bristol on 20-21 April.

Full article: Resolution

Getting the Most Out of Independent Reviewing Officers in Care Proceedings

Gabrielle Jan Posner, Barrister and Recorder, Trinity Chambers Chelmsford, argues for a more involved role for IROs in care proceedings.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Journalism, Judges and Justice – a crisis in court reporting?

A report on Open Justice from the Chartered Institute of Journalists warns of “an unprecedented, and sustained, attack on the journalism profession, which has taken a toll on our ability to cover courts, and report on their function”.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Magical sparkle powers, secure accommodation and consent

A Local Authority v SW and Others 2018.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Alex Ruck Keene, barrister, of 39 Essex Chambers, examines the decision of the Court of Protection in Re AB to approve deceiving a person lacking mental capacity in order to administer her medication.

Full article: Family Law

Discrimination in the courts? Waggott v Waggott by Phoebe Turner

In the so-called “meal ticket for life” appeal case of Waggott v Waggott, Kim Waggott, the former wife of William Waggott, lost her joint lives maintenance award and the court rejected the argument that earning capacity is a resource subject to the sharing principle upon the breakdown of marriage.

Full post: Stowe Family Law Blog

Three examples of how not to do family justice

This week involves a trio of disastrous cases where things have gone wrong and judges have explained why.

Full post: The Transparency Project
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