Practice Direction: Family Court – Duration of Ex Parte (Without Notice) Orders

This Guidance was originally issued on 13 October 2014. This revised Guidance, issued on 18 January 2017, supersedes the previous Guidance.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children unnecessarily removed from parents, report claims

Dossier indicates drive to increase adoptions is punitive for low-income families and alternatives exist.

Full story: The Guardian

Bristol launches new scheme to help litigants in person

A new scheme aimed at helping litigants in person appearing before the Bristol Family and Civil courts is being launched next week.

Full story: Family Law

MOJ publishes report on implementation of Law Commission proposals

The Ministry of Justice has published their 2015-2016 Report on the implementation of Law Commission proposals.

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Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill fails in Commons

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill, sponsored by Tim Loughton MP, has failed at its second reading in the House of Commons.

Full story: Family Law Week

Three-quarters of social workers oppose ‘power to innovate’ provisions

LAs should not be permitted to opt out of statutory duties to children and families.

Full story: Family Law Week

Sixteen new family law silks appointed

Sixteen family lawyers have been included among the new Queen's Counsel appointed today (12 January 2017).

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Civil partnership for only same-sex couples is ‘discriminatory’

Private members bill receives cross-party support ahead of Commons debate.

Full story: Solicitors Journal
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GAKHARIA v. GEORGIA - 30459/13 (Judgment (Merits and Just Satisfaction) : Court (Fourth Section)) [2017] ECHR 41 (17 January 2017)

Complaint by father that his right of access to a court and his right to respect for family life had been infringed because his parental rights had been restricted by domestic court judgments made by default in his absence.

Full report: Bailii

W (Care Proceedings: Jurisdiction) [2017] EWFC B1 (17 January 2017)

Care proceedings concerning two children of Polish parents. Preliminary hearing dealing with issue of jurisdiction.

Full report: Bailii

BABIARZ v. POLAND - 1955/10 (Judgment (Merits and Just Satisfaction) : Court (Fourth Section)) [2017] ECHR 13 (10 January 2017)

The applicant complained under Articles 8 and 12 of the Convention that by refusing to grant him a divorce the authorities had prevented him from marrying the woman with whom he had been living.

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A & Ors (Children : Scottish adoptions) [2017] EWHC 35 (Fam) (17 January 2017)

Judgment dealing with procedural points in cases involving English adoption of Scottish children.

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ES (A Child), Re [2016] EWHC 3213 (Fam) (07 September 2016)

Application by a father for the discharge of long-running wardship proceedings concerning his daughter, who is believed to be living with the paternal family in Egypt.

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Finance and Divorce Update, January 2017

Claire Molyneux, Senior Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2016.

Full article: Family Law Week

Child Contact Interventions: An Underused Resource

Gabrielle Jan Posner, barrister of Trinity Chambers, Chelmsford, argues for the greater use of child contact interventions in appropriate circumstances.

Full article: Family Law Week

Non-matrimonial property and sharing: Scatliffe v Scatliffe [2016] UKPC 36

The Board dismissed a husband’s appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) but used the ‘ill-starred appeal’ to give guidance to the local courts on the treatment of non-matrimonial property in applications for ancillary relief.

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If the Health and Care Professions Council really have found the social workers who lied on oath in ‘the Hampshire case’, NOT to have committed professional misconduct, should they publish this decision?

An important conversation burst out on twitter last night, with the suggestion that the three social workers found by the family court to have lied on oath, may now have been cleared of professional misconduct by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Full post: The Transparency Project

What does open justice actually mean?

The notion that justice must be seen to be done needs little introduction to either a lay or legal audience,  but its familiarity belies an underlying complexity.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Abuse by cross-examination in family courts

Law reform, Women’s Aid and a Parliamentary domestic violence group.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Judge rejects Welsh local authority’s care plan and allows mother to keep her eighth baby

The judgment of His Honour Judge Gareth Jones in Re A (A Child) [2016] EWFC B101 (25 August 2016) was recently published on BAILII.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Bradford Councils claim that it has decided to cut foster care allowances to the government national minimum level to comply with the law rather than principally to reduce costs

Saturday’s local Telegraph and Argus report, (‘Union hits out at Council plans to cut foster carers allowances’) of Bradford City Councils plan to reduce the core child element of their foster care allowances to the government minimum level, triggered twitter confusion about the applicable law and whether anything had changed.

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