Father who insisted he had a right to smack his children has son and daughter taken into care

The father, from Rotherham, was completely open with social workers about his conviction that children benefit from corporal punishment.

Full story: The Telegraph

Local Government Association advocates ‘disruption orders’ to stop CSE

The Local Government Association is calling for the introduction of 'disruption orders', which is supported by children's charity Barnardo's.

Full story: Family Law Week

Cases on threshold must be supported by stated facts: Court of Appeal

Court summarises principles set out by the President in Re A (A Child).

Full story: Family Law Week

Wife loses £2million divorce battle with business tycoon ex-husband worth £38m because she signed a 'post-nup agreement'

A wife has lost her £2million divorce battle with her property tycoon ex-husband - who is worth £38million – because she had signed a 'post-nuptial agreement'.

Full story: Daily Mail

President’s Guidance: The Role of the Attorney General in Appointing Advocates to the Court or Special Advocates in Family Cases

On 26 March 2015, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has issued guidance on the Role of the Attorney General in Appointing Advocates to the Court or Special Advocates in Family Cases.

Full story: Family Law

Government admits 26-week care proceedings target 'unlikely' to be met

The government has admitted the 26-week target to decide whether a child is taken into care is "highly unlikely" to ever be met for all cases.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales has today issued a Practice Direction governing the process of hearings for committal to prison, including suspended committal, for contempt of court.

Full story: Family Law

Resolution welcomes recommendations for mediation to include children

Family justice organisation Resolution welcomed the recommendation that children be included in family mediation sessions in the Voice of the Child Advisory Group report published today.

Full story: Resolution
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Re N (a child- evidence of support services) [2015] EWFC B32 (26 March 2015)

Application for care and placement orders in respect of an eight month old child, including consideration of support services available for the father.

Full report: Bailii

Re B (Care Orders) [2014] EWFC B208 (25 July 2014)

Application by local authority for care orders in relation to five children.

Full report: Bailii

A Local Authority v T&F [2015] EWFC B31 (19 February 2015)

Care proceedings. Fact finding hearing to ascertain cause of injuries to child.

Full report: Bailii

In the matter of B and G (children) (no 3) [2015] EWFC 27 (27 March 2015)

Further judgment in care proceedings concerning two children of a Muslim family.

Full report: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (PDF)

Donna v Martin & Anor [2015] EWCOP 23 (27 March 2015)

Reconsideration of a decision made on the papers appointing local authority as deputy for property and affairs for a woman suffering dementia.

Full report: Bailii
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The Cat’s Out of the Bag: legal advice privilege and the risks of being caught with a divorce lawyer

Samuel Littlejohns, pupil at 1 Hare Court, examines whether the very fact that a party consulted a lawyer at a given time is privileged information, and the practical consequences of this for practitioners.

Full article: Family Law Week

Powers of restraint: the path of least intervention?

The recent case of Mental Health Trust & Ors v DD and BC [2015] EWCOP 4 has raised questions on the degree of consideration the COP must have to the ‘least restrictive’ option.

Full article: Family Law

Transfers of Proceedings under Article 15 Brussels II Revised in a Public Law Context

Oliver Jones, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, and Maria Wright, solicitor of Freemans, currently seconded to the Court of Appeal, analyse a series of recent judgments in which the English courts have considered whether public law children proceedings should be in this jurisdiction or abroad.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses, and children

Hearing from children and vulnerable witnesses in the family courts: working group.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Bodey and DoLs

W City Council v Mrs L 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Transparency in the Court of Protection: press should be allowed names

The Court of Protection has clarified the position on revealing the identity of an incapacitated adult where reporting restrictions apply.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Adoption – here we go again?

Re J (A child) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

The ‘were babies murdered’ case

P and Q (Children : Care Proceedings: Fact finding) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds
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