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Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 7

Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Joint Head of Coram Chambers, Mark Twomey QC/

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Civil partnerships: First mixed-sex unions to take place

Thousands of heterosexual couples in England and Wales are expected to enter into civil partnerships later today.

Full story: BBC News

Domestic violence kills 15 times as many as terrorism in Britain

Police budgets to counter domestic assaults must be ringfenced, say campaigners.

Full story: The Guardian

Lady Hale: cuts causing 'serious difficulty' to justice system

Supreme court president says problems are particularly evident in family courts.

Full story: The Guardian

Thousands of children in care over 100 miles away from family

Report finds 13% increase in number of placements in England out of local area.

Full story: The Guardian

Sir Andrew McFarlane: View from The President’s Chambers, December 2019

The unremitting pressure of work in the Family Court.

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Re W (Children: Abduction: Implementation of Return Order) V [2019] EWHC 357 (Fam)

The father in child abduction proceedings had applied for directions to implement a return order. The mother had brought the children from Texas to England in 2017, and had been ordered to return them. The Court of Appeal had held that it would be intolerable to return the children to the USA without their mother, but her application for a humanitarian parole visa had been rejected by the American immigration service. Knowles J was unable to vary the Court of Appeal's order, and so did not have the jurisdiction to entertain the father's application. The parties would have to consider whether to apply to the Court of Appeal for reconsideration of its order. However, she urged them to consider a child-focused, consensual end to the litigation, before further hearings eroded whatever goodwill remained.

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W v L (Forum Conveniens) [2019] EWHC 1995 (Fam)

The parents were British and Jordanian nationals, who married in Jordan in 2010 and moved to England in 2011. The mother applied for a declaration that their six-year-old son was habitually resident here, and for an order prohibiting the father from removing the boy from the care of the mother or from this jurisdiction, and from making further applications regarding the child in Jordan. The father argued that the Kingdom of Jordan was the appropriate legal forum for determination of the welfare issues. MacDonald J was wholly satisfied that the child was habitually resident in the jurisdiction of England and Wales, where he had been born and had lived for all but sixteen months. It was therefore the natural and appropriate forum for the welfare issues to be determined.

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D (A Child) (Fact-Finding Appeal), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 2302 (20 December 2019)

Care proceedings concerning 5 year old child. Appeal by mother against finding of fact that mother knew identity of perpetrator of injury to child. Appeal allowed.

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J (Children), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 2300 (20 December 2019)

Appeal by mother against interim care order made in respect of two of her three children. Appeal allowed.

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TT v CDS [2019] EWHC 3572 (Fam) (20 December 2019)

Final hearing of lengthy financial remedy proceedings, in case in which the main asset was a business built up by the parties.

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Financial Remedy & Divorce Update, December 2019

Naomi Shelton, Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP considers the important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2019.

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One act, two regimes: why?

On the thirtieth anniversary of the Children Act, Anarkali Musgrave of Coram Chambers considers the differences of application in public law and private law.

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Judge’s interactive drama shines compassionate light on closed world of family court

Collaborative theatre production by senior family judge highlights need for early help and lack of aftercare for parents who lose their children to care proceedings.

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2020(s) vision – a better future for the children of separated parents?

Some thoughts – non-exhaustive, non-Gospel – about changes family lawyers may consider implementing to make the 2020s better for families in crisis.

Full post: Jo’s Family Law blog 2020

A civil(ised) end to the decade

The last day of the decade started abruptly for me. I was awoken from my slumbers in a hotel bed in Berlin by a text from a producer at BBC Radio London asking if I’d go on their breakfast show to talk about the advent of civil partnerships for all.

Full post: Jo’s Family Law blog 2020

The Open Justice Principle – the clue is in the title…

A little while ago we wrote about a case called Cape v Dring ... the reason we wrote about it was because it dealt with the principles that apply to applications for sight of documents produced in the course of a court case under the ‘open justice principle’.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Legal advice on online forums and social media (Part I)

There are many concerns expressed about the quality of advice now available to parties in family court cases, as so few have lawyers. This blog post discusses the results of a research project on this topic led by Dr Tatiana Tkacukova, School of English, Birmingham City University.

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Open justice: family law developments in 2019

Over the past twelve months – how has the common law been considered and developed in the area of open justice, in family proceedings and in other common law cases which apply to family law?

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