Improving access to social housing for victims of domestic abuse

Guidance follows consultation exercise.

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The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2018

These Rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010.

Statutory Instrument

Committee stage of Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill scheduled for 23 November

The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill is scheduled to commence its Committee stage – ie line by line examination of the Bill – in the House of Lords on 23 November.

Full story: Family Law Week

New report illustrates increasing challenges faced by children and families in an era of austerity

“Over 100 new duties have been placed on children’s services since 2011”.

Full story: Family Law Week

President’s Guidance: Addition to Compendium of Standard Family Orders

With the agreement of the President I promulgate three new orders, and an addition to an existing order, to be added with immediate effect to the Compendium of Standard Orders.

Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Law Society publishes no-deal Brexit guidance on family law

The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors highlighting the changes in civil and commercial co-operation that will occur in the event the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a Withdrawal Agreement and transitional arrangements in place, and the steps solicitors should consider in order to prepare their practice for this scenario.

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Britain's costliest divorce: Oligarch can keep £360m yacht as Dubai judge overrules High Court

A Sharia court in Dubai has ignored an order from the High Court that an oligarch must hand over a £350m yacht to his ex-wife as part of the UK’s biggest divorce settlement. Lawyers say the development further underlines the difficulty of enforcing UK divorce orders abroad.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Co-op Legal claims to get divorce process down to eight weeks

Co-operative Legal Services is championing the results of government efforts to help separated couples divorce quicker, announcing that it is getting clients through the process within a couple of months since joining two pilots.

Full story: Law Society Gazette
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K (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2512 (08 August 2018)

Appeal against order refusing to direct local authority to return child to the care of the mother upon his anticipated release from hospital, where he was being treated for meningitis. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust v JF & Anor [2018] EWCOP 32 (20 July 2018)

Application by NHS Trust for declarations in relation to the treatment of a woman who had suffered a severe brain injury and who has terminal cancer.

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D, E, F and G (Children : Art 15 - transfer of the proceedings) (Rev 2) [2017] EWHC 3078 (Fam) (19 September 2017)

Care proceedings concerning 4 children. Application for transfer of proceedings to Romania. Application refused.

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S (Care proceedings: Article 15 second transfer) [2018] EWHC 3054 (Fam) (29 October 2018)

Care proceedings. Application by mother for transfer of proceedings to the Republic of Ireland. Application refused.

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Egeneonu v Egeneonu [2018] EWHC 3029 (Fam) (05 October 2018)

Application by mother for committal of man she claims to be father's brother, for breach of orders relating to the return of children from Nigeria.

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Speech by Lord Justice McFarlane: Bond Solon Experts Conference 2018

The role of experts in family proceedings.

Full speech: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

This Is How Parents Cope In Court With No Lawyer When Access To Their Kids Is At Stake

Exclusive: New research seen by BuzzFeed News shows that the number of people being turned away by family lawyers has risen fourfold since 2014.

Full article: BuzzFeed News

Case close-up: IQ v JP

European Union – Family proceedings. Art 15, BIIA should be interpreted as not applying in circumstances, such as those in the main proceedings, in which both courts seised had jurisdiction as to the substance of the matter under arts 12 and 8, respectively, of that regulation.

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Call for Greater Transparency for Generation Tagged

This week the Children’s Commissioner’s published a new report, which touches on important issues about how children need greater protection in today’s digital world.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Car crash, Hot Tub, (wish they had a) Time Machine

Z v Kent County Council (Revocation of placement order – Failure to assess Mother’s capacity and Grandparents) [2018] EWFC B65 (18 October 2018).

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Imprisoned Harts

I thought I should update the blog post I wrote about the acrimonious case Hart v Hart, because there have been new developments.

Full post: The Transparency Project

An impressive judgment about a ‘car crash’ of a case

On 18th October Her Honour Judge Lazarus handed down judgment in the case of Z v Kent County Council (Revocation of placement order – Failure to assess Mother’s capacity and Grandparents).

Full post: The Transparency Project

Fathers’ group claims parents and lawyers fraudulently claim legal aid (again)

On Saturday 13 October, Families Need Fathers sent us a document called Analysis of Post LASPO Use of Non-Molestation Orders and said it was embargoed until the following Monday.

Full post: The Transparency Project
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