Research review on parental alienation published

Cafcass Cymru publication provides an evidence base to guide practice.

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Cafcass new board members appointment

The Secretary of State for Justice announces the appointment of 3 new board members of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass).

Full story: Ministry of Justice

First-ever Chartered Legal Executive appointed Vice Chair of Resolution

Juliet Harvey of Birketts has become the first the first Chartered Legal Executive to serve as Vice Chair of Resolution.

Full story: Resolution

New legislation will modernise the courts

The first step in legislation to modernise courts and tribunals across the country will today be introduced in the House of Lords.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Mother found guilty of forcing her daughter into marriage

Victim brought back to the UK from Pakistan.

Full story: Family Law Week

Law firm launches diploma in psychological supervision of family lawyers

A law firm in London has launched what it believes is the first training scheme in psychologically based supervision to help family lawyers manage work-related stress.

Full story: Legal Futures

MoJ study backs retention of two representatives for children in care proceedings

A government-commissioned study has concluded that children should continue to receive dual representation during care proceedings, despite increasing demands on resources.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Woman who asked court to allow disabled daughter to die changes mind

A woman who thought that her severely disabled 11-year-old daughter should be allowed to die has told a family court judge that she has changed her mind.

Full story: BBC News
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Medway Council v Root [2018] EWHC 1299 (Fam) (11 May 2018)

Further judgment in relation to care proceedings, concerning application to commit mother for contempt, continuation of a reporting restriction order, and publication of judgments.

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Medway Council v Root [2018] EWHC 1298 (Fam) (15 March 2018)

Applications for injunctions prohibiting the publication by the mother of information relating to two children, concerning care proceedings in 2011 when they were made the subject of care orders.

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Medway Council v Root [2017] EWHC 3794 (Fam) (30 August 2017)

Sentencing judgment in respect of breaches by mother of injunction and undertaking in relation to care proceedings.

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Medway Council v Root [2017] EWHC 3793 (Fam) (18 July 2017)

Judgment considering whether mother in care proceedings was in breach of undertaking to remove Facebook posts, and reporting restriction order.

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Medway Council v Root [2017] EWHC 3791 (Fam) (17 July 2017)

Committal application by local authority alleging breach by mother of injunction made in care proceedings, prohibiting publication of court papers.

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Cohabitation and the problem of proving constructive trusts or proprietary estoppel

The case of Dobson v Griffey is a timely reminder of the difficulties involved in proving constructive trusts or proprietary estoppel in cohabitation cases and the pitfalls of failing to document agreements properly or, indeed, failing to take legal advice.

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The exercise of discretion where a pre-nuptial agreement is upheld

In KA v MA (Pre-nuptial Agreement - Needs), the Family Division upheld a pre-nuptial agreement where the wife had argued that she had been subject to duress, but made a needs-based award of £2.95m in excess of the sum provided for in the agreement.

Full article: Family Law

Interim Sale of the Family Home in Financial Remedy Proceedings

Philip Newton, barrister, Becket Chambers Canterbury considers whether it is possible to obtain an order for sale of the family home before the final hearing.

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Charlie Gard, Alfie Evans and R (A Child): Why A Medical Treatment Significant Harm Test Would Hinder Not Help

This is a guest post by Katie Gollop QC and Sarah Pope. Katie represented Great Ormond Street hospital in the Charlie Gard case, and and Katie appeared in the recent case of Re R (A Child).

Full post: The Transparency Project

UK Supreme Court: Questions of Divorce and Civil Partnership

"Hypocrisy and lack of intellectual honesty which is so characteristic a feature of the current law ...." - Sir James Munby.

Full post: Law and Lawyers

Talking about social work

We recently wrote about an article by Louise Tickle in the Guardian which had caused a certain amount of controversy.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Transparency – why it matters, what it means

This is the text of a speech delivered by Chair of The Transparency Project, Lucy Reed at the Bloomsbury Family Law Conference on 16 May 2018, at Gray’s Inn.

Full post: The Transparency Project

The Abuse of Alfie’s Rights: A Gilded Death is Still a Death

Alfie’s life, his legal battles, and his death, have polarised opinion.

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