Law Commission proposes radical reforms for leaseholds of houses and flats

Reforms designed to secure a better deal for leaseholders who want to purchase the freehold or to extend the lease of their home.

Full story: Family Law Week

Divorcing man told: You can’t pay your lawyers without paying your wife’s

The husband in a divorce dispute cannot pay his lawyers a pound without paying a pound to his wife’s solicitors, the High Court has ruled.

Full story: Legal Futures

Councils using 'hundreds of thousands of people's data to try and predict child abuse'

Councils are said to be using hundreds of thousands of people's data to try and predict child abuse, it has emerged.

Full story: The Telegraph

Domestic abuse victims turning to civil courts because police are failing to enforce law

Domestic abuse victims are increasingly turning to the civil courts for protection because the police are failing to enforce the law of coercive control, it has emerged.

Full story: The Telegraph

Male domestic abuse: Not enough support for victims, says charity

Male domestic abuse victims are suffering a lack of support despite a sharp rise in attacks, a charity said.

Full story: BBC News

“When a child won't see one parent”

Cafcass is developing a "High Conflict Practice Pathway" to help Cafcass practitioners to "systematically assess cases which feature adult behaviours associated with high conflict."

Full story: Family Law Week

Latest Private law children cases received

The latest Cafcass private law demand statistics show that in August 2018, Cafcass received a total of 4,019 new private law children cases.

Full story: Family Law Week

“From inadequate to outstanding, from paper to cloud”

Insights into how Cafcass workers have harnessed use of new technology.

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Hampshire County Council v C.E. and N.E. (Urgent preliminary ruling procedure - Jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of judgments in matters of parental responsibility - International child abduction - Judgment) [2018] EUECJ C-325/18PPU (19 September 2018)

Preliminary ruling on jurisdiction in case where parents removed children to Ireland in order to avoid them being taken into care.

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AH v CD & Ors [2018] EWHC 2322 (Fam) (19 July 2018)

Final hearing of application by father for the return to Spain of child abducted by mother in 2014. Return ordered.

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B-P (Children : adoption Or Fostering) [2018] EWCA Civ 2042 (20 September 2018)

Appeal from an order refusing a local authority's application for placement orders in relation to three very young children. Appeal allowed.

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SH, Re [2018] EWCOP 21 (17 September 2018)

Application for the appointment of the holder of a specified office or position (as distinct from a named individual holding such office at the time of the appointment) as a property and affairs deputy.

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LKH v TQA AL Z (Interim maintenance and pound for pound costs funding) [2018] EWHC 2436 (Fam) (24 July 2018)

Application by W under Part III MFPA 1984. Order, inter alia, injuncting H from paying any further money to his solicitors unless he pays an equal amount to the wife's solicitors.

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“Wait a Minute, Mr Postman”: Post-Adoption Contact after the Children and Families Act 2014

Dr Bianca Jackson, barrister, Coram Chambers and co-author of “Public Children Law: Contemporary Issues” examines the issue of post-adoption contact.

Full article: Family Law Week

Consent Orders: Triumph or Disaster? Working towards best practice in reaching consent orders

Following a multi-professional seminar, David Pitcher, Family Court Adviser, Cafcass and Carol Mashembo, barrister, Magdalen Chambers, Exeter with Dr Anna Gough and Sarah Evans consider the issues concerning best practice in consent orders in family proceedings.

Full article: Family Law Week

Meal ticket for life?

The recent ‘meal ticket for life’ Supreme Court case of Mills v Mills, [2018] All ER (D) 107 (Jul) (18 July 2018).

Full article: Family Law
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A child’s understanding to instruct a solicitor direct

In Re Z (A Child – Care Proceedings – Separate Representation) HHJ Bellamy sat in the Family Court and dealt with the wish of a 14 year old boy to instruct his own solicitor and to part company from his children’s guardian.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

The mediator and suspicions of harm to a child

‘Sharing’ of information about a mature child.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Separate representation of a child – a thorny problem

It is well-established that in care proceedings, if a child is capable of instructing a solicitor and disagrees with the recommendations or conclusions of the Guardian that they can be separately represented, and have their own lawyer, who takes instructions directly from them.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Reasonable financial provision for minor children: Ubbi v Ubbi [2018] EWHC 1396 (Ch)

Ubbi v Ubbi is a welcome and helpful decision that clarifies the approach to be taken to claims by minor children and provides useful guidance on the difference between claims under the 1975 Act and under Sch 1 Children Act 1989, and as to how matters such as housing needs, education costs and child care costs should be approached.

Full post: Equity's Darling

You would think this would go without saying… but it has been said

Re X and Y (appeal against care order) 2018.

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