Heterosexual couple lose civil partnership challenge

A heterosexual couple have lost their Court of Appeal battle for the right to enter into a civil partnership instead of a marriage.

Full story: BBC News

Family judge condemns 2,000-page bundle

A family judge has expressed his disapproval at the ‘unwarranted expenditure’ in a case where a local authority breached Article 8 rights under the European Convention on Human Rights by taking an infant into care.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

76 projects to share £20 million fund to support domestic violence victims

Seventy-six projects across the country will receive a share of £20 million to support victims of domestic abuse.

Full story: Family Law Week

Prime Minister's plans to transform the way we tackle domestic violence and abuse

Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for a major programme of work leading towards bringing forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Government announces new funding to tackle child sexual abuse and child trafficking

Centre of Expertise to be launched.

Full story: Family Law Week

New research identifies impact of shortened care proceedings

Fewer care orders and placement orders made; more special guardianship and supervision orders.

Full story: Family Law Week

Domestic abuse victims wait nearly two years for compensation

Criminal injuries payouts delayed by almost double the time advised by charter, Ministry of Justice data show.

Full story: The Guardian

Court of Protection holds first public hearing under transparency pilot

The Court of Protection has started its first public hearing under its transparency pilot.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer
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London Borough Of Hillingdon v A & B [2017] EWFC B113 (1 September 2016)

Care proceedings concerning a three year old child. Special guardianship order made in favour of maternal aunt and uncle, who live in Poland.

Full report: Bailii

Steinfeld and Keidan v Secretary of State for Education [2017] EWCA Civ 81 (21 February 2017)

Appeal against dismissal of claim for judicial review of decision that the bar against heterosexual couples entering into a civil partnership did not violate the rights of the appellants under Article 14 taken with Article 8.

Full report: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (PDF)

HTML version: Bailii

J (A Child) (Finland)(Habitual Residence) [2017] EWCA Civ 80 (21 February 2017)

Appeal by father against decision that the English court did not have jurisdiction in relation to proceedings concerning five year old child. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

W v X (Jurisdiction in matters of parental responsibility) [2017] EUECJ C-499/15 (15 February 2017)

Judgment concerning jurisdiction, in case where the father resides in Canada and the mother and child were living in Lithuania.

Full report: Bailii

AF v MF & Ors [2016] EWFC 65 (20 October 2016)

Heavily contested cross financial remedy applications, including numerous factual and computational disputes between the parties.

Full report: Bailii
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Children have no right to speak to family judges

Despite promising to give children a greater voice in the Family Court the government still seems to be doing little on this front.

Full article: Family Law

How is the PLO working? What is its impact on court process and outcome?

The Outcomes of Care Proceedings for Children Before and After Care Proceedings Reform Study Interim Report.

Full article: Family Law Week

FDAC – a trauma-informed service

This is the third in a series of blogs about FDAC and the work of the FDAC specialist teams. In this blog we want to talk about trauma and the impact it has on many, if not all, of the parents who come into FDAC.

Full article: Family Law
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Teresa Kirk and the Court of Protection – the end of an “astonishing story”

The story is that of Teresa Kirk, the 71 year old grandmother “jailed by a secret court” because she refused to comply with the court’s order to return her elderly and mentally incapacitated brother, Manuel Martins, to England from a care home in Portugal in which she had placed him in August 2015.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Online courts: What’s the ‘human’ impact?

The testing of online courts should not simply be about whether the technology works, said Andrew Langdon QC, chairman of the Bar at an event on 16 February hosted by the UCL Judicial Institute, ‘The Case for Online Courts’.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Child’s evidence – Part 2: contact and domestic violence

Child welfare, contact – and a practice direction.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

An unreasonable petition?

There are reports of an unusual case heard in the Court of Appeal recently: a wife appeals against a judge’s refusal to grant her a divorce from her husband because she can’t stand his behaviour any more and says the relationship has broken down irretrievably.

Full story: The Transparency Project

Financial remedy judgments—to anonymise or not to anonymise?

The decision in X v X concerned the issue of anonymisation of a financial remedy judgment in divorce proceedings which had been widely reported in the press. John Stables, barrister at 5RB, considers the implications of this judgment.

Full post: Family Law Blog
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