New Government court support a ‘sticking plaster' for a wounded family justice system, says Resolution

Family law organisation Resolution believes that today’s announcement by Government for court support for litigants in person will help some people who have already reached the stage of litigation, but will not address the wider issues stemming from the loss of legal aid.

Full story: Resolution

Initiative promises legal advice for those without lawyers in courts

Ministry of Justice scheme will cover family law and civil cases, and aims to fill the gap left following cuts in legal aid.

Full story: The Guardian

Judge rules pregnant paranoid schizophrenic woman must undergo Caesarean section

A judge has ruled a pregnant woman who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia will undergo a Caesarean section.

Full story: The Independent

Government publishes response to consultation on looked-after children

The government has published its response to the Consultation on Looked-after Children: Improving Permanence, which took place from 30 September 2013 to 29 November 2013.

Full story: Family Law

Breaking the cycle of repeat care proceedings

£3m has been set aside by the Government to fund projects aimed at breaking the cycle of births and repeat care proceedings.

Full story: Family Law

Parental involvement must be about what is best for the child, not what parents see as their ‘rights', says Resolution

Resolution today welcomed the launch of the new parental involvement clause of the Children and Families Act 2014, but said professionals and the public needed to be clear about what this means in practice.

Full story: Resolution

A wider definition of domestic abuse will help social workers safeguard more adult victims

Social work organisations respond to a Home Office consultation on strengthening the law around domestic abuse.

Full story: Community Care

Female genital mutilation: proposal to introduce a civil protection order

Following the consultation ‘Female genital mutilation: proposal to introduce a civil protection order’ launched by the Prime Minister at the Girl Summit on 22 July 2014, the government is taking forward provisions in the Serious Crime Bill to implement this proposal.

Full story: Family Law
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Cumbria County Council v M and F [2014] EWHC 2596 (Fam) (28 July 2014)

Care proceedings. Application by media for disclosure.

Full report: Bailii

AA v TT [2014] EWHC 3488 (Fam) (16 October 2014)

Application by a father for the recognition and enforcement of a custody order made in Turkey.

Full report: Bailii

G v G [2014] EWCA Civ 1378 (8 October 2014)

Application for permission to appeal a financial remedy decision on the basis that the lump sum that was ordered, which was based on the valuation of an Indian property, was done so in circumstances where valuation evidence was not properly adduced. Permission was granted.

Full report: Family Law Hub

E (A Child) [2014] EWFC BH140 (21 August 2014)

Application for care and placement orders in respect of a five month old child.

Full report: Bailii

Derbyshire County Council v AC [2014] EWCOP 38 (23 October 2014)

Application by local authority for declarations in respect of a range of issues relevant to the future of a 22 year old woman with a significant learning disability.

Full report: Bailii
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Enforcement Remedies: A Practical Guide

This article is designed to provide a practitioner’s guide to the principal types of enforcement mechanisms available for financial remedy orders, incorporating a succinct summary of recent authorities.

Full article: No5 Chambers

Speech to Jordan’s Family Law Conference by The Hon. Mr Justice Mostyn

The Hon. Mr Justice Mostyn gave a speech to Jordan’s Family Law Conference on 8 October 2014.

Full speech: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Regulation of surrogacy

Recent cases prove that universal laws are needed to provide clarity and help secure the welfare of surrogate babies.

Full article: Law Society Gazette
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Cafcass complaints

I recently made a FOI request to CAFCASS in order to see what was happening in terms of the trends of complaints from parents.

Full post: Pink Tape

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CC (Adoption application : separated applicants) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Nothing else will do? A head-scratcher

The Court of Appeal’s decision in Re W (Children) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Turning the pole vault into a limbo contest – watch Hayden J reset the bar

In which I applaud Hayden J for sticking both his neck out, and his finger in the dyke. Re DM 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Forget Convention rights in private children proceedings: Ryder LJ

In Re Y (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 1287 Ryder LJ (with whom Longmore and Patten LJJ agreed) rejected an appeal by a father who sought to relocate to the Missouri with his second wife (S), whose family were there.

Full post: dbfamilylaw
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