Council fails to inform agencies when mother removes children from UK without father’s consent

Somerset Council asked to pay father's expenses to return them.

Full story: Family Law Week

Interim research findings on divorce law published

Interim findings from research exploring how the current divorce law works in practice have been published today (24 March 2017).

Full story: Family Law

Expert representation essential in CoP – Bourns

Vulnerable people must always have expert representation in welfare cases, the Law Society has said, unveiling a mental capacity accreditation scheme for solicitors serving the Court of Protection.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

‘Desperately unhappy’ Mrs Owens refused divorce

Munby P laments ‘hypocrisy and lack of intellectual honesty’ of current law.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

High Court reserves judgment in DOLS funding test case

The High Court has reserved judgment in a case brought by four councils over government finance for work connected with deprivation of liberty safeguards.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Owens v Owens verdict 'underlines urgent need for no fault divorce'

The Court of Appeal has today (24 March) dismissed Mrs Owens' appeal in the defended divorce case, effectively saying that she must remain married to her husband.

Full story: Resolution

Family court transparency plans fall short: new research from Cardiff University

Judges struggle to find time to publish judgments safely.

Full story: Family Law Week

Second Reading of Civil Partnership 2004 (Amendment) Bill deferred to 12 May 2017

The Bill, if enacted, would amend the Civil Partnership Act 2004 to extend the availability of civil partnership to opposite gender couples.

Full story: Family Law Week
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B v B (Fertility Treatment: Paperwork Error) [2017] EWHC 599 (Fam) (23 March 2017)

Application for a declaration of parentage in relation to child born as a result of fertility treatment, where clinic made paperwork error.

Full report: Bailii

W (A Child: Temporary Removal From the Jurisdiction) [2016] EWFC 45 (20 April 2016)

Judgment in proceedings concerning the temporary removal of a child to a country that is not a signatory to the Hague Convention on child abduction.

Full report: Bailii

Owens v Owens [2017] EWCA Civ 182 (24 March 2017)

Appeal by wife against refusal of judge to grant decree nisi of divorce, even though he had found as a fact that the marriage has broken down. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

H (A Child), Re (Interim Care Order : fact finding) [2017] EWHC 518 (Fam) (16 March 2017)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings concerning 15 year old boy with a connective tissue disorder and orthostatic tachycardia.

Full report: Bailii

AH v DT [2017] EWHC 36 (Fam) (27 January 2017)

Application by mother for permission to appeal against order for her to return child from Northern Ireland to England, and defined order contact. Application dismissed.

Full report: Bailii
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Commentary on the House of Commons Justice Committee Report on implications of Brexit for the justice system

David Hodson analyses and comments upon the Parliamentary reports published this past week on the implications of Brexit for the justice system.

Full article: Family Law

How not to get married' (or what happens when you do not know if you are married / divorced / remarried): K v K [2016] EWHC 3380 (Fam)

Nullity when there is a voidable marriage abroad.

Full article: Family Law

No inherent jurisdiction for local authority to fund wardship proceedings: HB v A Local Authority [2017] EWHC 524 (Fam)

HB v A Local Authority and  Another (Wardship: Costs Funding Order) [2017] EWHC 524 (Fam), MacDonald J operates on three important levels.

Full article: Family Law
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No-fault divorce: 2017

Time to re-think no fault divorce after Owens.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Transparency on Radio 4

Radio 4 covered the topic of transparency last week, following publication of research by Cardiff University about the impact of the 2014 guidance on publication of judgments.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Unreasonable behaviour, unreasonable judges or unreasonable law?

This post is about the decision of the Court of Appeal in Owens v Owens, which has received a lot of media coverage since yesterday when the decision was announced.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Important new research published today on the Transparency Guidance for publication of Family Court judgments

The research, led by Dr Julie Doughty of Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics, examines how the Transparency Guidance on publication of family court judgments  has taken effect since February 2014 and its impact.

Full post: The Transparency Project

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing…

A new McKenzie Friend website has been launched this week. It is in my view an excellent illustration of the truth of the proposition that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, whether that knowledge is wielded by a law student or a McKenzie friend of some other flavour.

Full post: Pink Tape
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