Number of newborn babies in care proceedings has doubled in Wales since 2015

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory publishes new report.

Full story: Family Law Week

The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Civil and Family) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

These Regulations are made in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies in retained EU law arising from the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union.

Statutory Instrument

Support for victims of domestic abuse in safe accommodation

Government publishes response to consultation.

Full story: Family Law Week

Legal aid cuts fuel surge in self-referrals to child contact centres

Legal aid cuts have fuelled a surge in the number of separating parents without solicitors making self-referrals to child contact centres to make their situation less stressful, it has emerged.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics: June 2019

Quarterly statistics on the progress of the Child Support Agency (CSA) child support schemes to June 2019.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Woman with learning disabilities at centre of abortion dispute gives birth

A woman with learning disabilities who was at the centre of an abortion battle has given birth, lawyers have said.

Full story: Care Appointments

Queen’s Speech: Johnson puts law and order issues at forefront

Crime and justice policies were placed at the centre of the government’s agenda today as the Queen’s Speech set out its legislative priorities.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Abusive men using child contact as way to carry on subjecting women to domestic abuse

Thousands of domestic abusers are preying on their victims during meetings with their children ordered by the family courts, The Independent can reveal.

Full story: The Independent
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RH (Parental Alienation) [2019] EWHC 2723 (Fam) (03 October 2019)

Application by father to transfer care of 12 year old child to him. Application granted, following finding that mother had alienated child from his father.

Full report: Bailii

S (No. 3) (Care Proceedings) (Article 56: Placement in the Republic of Ireland), Re [2019] EWFC 36 (03 June 2019)

Final hearing of care proceedings concerning 18 month old child, the parents having moved to the Republic of Ireland, in an attempt to put the child beyond the reach of the English family justice system.

Full report: Bailii

The Hospital v JJ [2019] EWCOP 41 (15 August 2019)

Application by NHS Trust for order allowing the use of reasonable restraint on patient.

Full report: Bailii

Read v Panzone & Anor [2019] EWCA Civ 1662 (09 October 2019)

The district judge had found that the husband was the beneficial owner of a Panamanian property, held by a company of which his mother owned all the shares. King LJ found that there had been no procedural irregularity in that finding.

Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub

Dorset Council v A (Residential Placement: Lack of Resources) [2019] EWFC 62 (10 October 2019)

Judgment in care proceedings concerning 15 year old girl, highlighting the resource issues that local authorities face looking after young vulnerable people at risk of harm.

Full report: Bailii
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Children: Private Law Update (Autumn 2019)

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

Full article: Family Law Week

Case Summary: AR v ML [2019] EWFC 56

This was an appeal by H against an order which adjourned a final hearing - after it had concluded and the judge had delivered an ex tempore judgment - in order to provide W with an opportunity to provide new evidence to the court so that the judge may alter her initial judgment.

Full article: Class Legal

The limits of the inherent jurisdiction (1)

Mr Justice Cobb recently handed down two important decisions on the scope of the inherent jurisdiction at the border of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Full article: Local Government Lawyer
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Financial relief: a survey of ten cases over the past 50 years…

The top ten financial relief cases since 1971.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Children’s rights: thirty years on from the Children Act 1989, Part 2

This article asks: to what extent are the views of children taken into account?

Full post: dbfamilylaw

No take-backs? The parents who changed their mind about adoption and the local authority who got it very, very wrong

The case of Foster Carers v A, B and a Welsh Local Authority [2019] EWFC B52 (27 June 2019) is a heart-rending example of the human suffering caused by a Local Authority that really should have known better.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Children’s rights: thirty years on from the Children Act 1989

This article looks at how the law in relation to children’s rights under the Act have moved in the thirty years since it received Royal Assent.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

‘The problems are huge’: teenagers in care living in caravan parks

HHJ Dancey explains at the outset of this case, Dorset Council v A (Residential Placement: Lack of Resources) that he has spoken to A, aged 15, about his intention to ‘tell her story’ and that he is writing the judgment with her and her family reading it in mind.

Full post: The Transparency Project
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