Concern as Ofsted ceases regulation of outsourced social work

The children's sector has criticised the government’s continuing drive to outsource children’s social care after Ofsted this week ceased regulation of third-party providers.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Four out of ten divorce petitions flawed

Solicitors are being urged to check divorce petitions after it emerged that 40% have to be returned to them for correction owing to errors.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Government uses Queen’s speech to advance jail plans for social workers

Police and criminal justice bill will introduce criminal offence of wilful neglect for professionals who fail to act on child protection concerns.

Full story: Community Care

Crackdown on pension payout loophole will mean bitter divorcees can't steal ex-spouses' pots

The Government says it could amend new pension rules to stop bitter divorcees exploiting a loophole to leave exes penniless.

Full story: This is Money

Father forced to fight hospital in courts to keep son alive spends funeral cash on lawyers

Man uses money for teenage son's funeral to pay for lawyers to argue at Court of Protection doctors should continue giving him chemotherapy.

Full story: The Telegraph

New measures to end delay for children awaiting adoption

Next week’s Queen’s Speech to outline further improvements to the adoption system.

Full story: Department for Education

Indoctrinated son 'troubled’ by mother’s religion is put into care

It was feared that the seven-year-old boy's mother, a Jehovah’s Witness, was causing him emotional harm by 'immersing' him in her beliefs.

Full story: The Telegraph

Ex-bouncer McKenzie friend banned after calling lawyer a 'lying slag'

A former nightclub bouncer turned McKenzie friend who called an opponent a ‘fucking lying slag’ has been banned indefinitely from representing anyone in court.

Full story: Law Society Gazette
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RBC v W & N [2015] EWFC B61 (29 May 2015)

Applications for care orders in respect of two children, and for a placement order in respect of one.

Full report: Bailii

P v P (application for financial remedy) [2015] EWFC B59 (13 February 2015)

Financial remedies application, in which most of the assets belonged to the wife.

Full report: Bailii

Blackpool BC v S and C (Turkish Children) [2015] EWFC 46 (28 May 2015)

Final hearing of care proceedings concerning two children whose father resides in Turkey.

Full report: Bailii

AB, Re [2015] EWFC B58 (28 May 2015)

Application by mother to discharge care order and by local authority for placement order.

Full report: Bailii

X, Re [2015] EWCOP 36 (9 December 2014)

Proceedings concerning medical treatment for a 25 year old man lacking capacity.

Full report: Bailii
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Queen’s Speech 2015 – Thoughts from a family lawyer

The Queen’s Speech marked the first purely conservative legislative programme for almost 20 years in which Mr Cameron adopted a one nation approach: 'helping working people get on; supporting aspiration'. What possible consequences might this have on a family lawyer’s field of work?

Full article: Family Law

Divorce centres: the South East – Bury your marriage?

‘How will the new Bury St Edmunds Divorce Centre affect family law practice in the South East?’ That was the title of a question and answer session on the new divorce centre.

Full article: Family Law

The UNCRC in the Supreme Court – the impact of SG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Deirdre Fotttrell QC of 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers considers the Supreme Court's latest deliberations on when and how the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are directly enforceable in English law.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Challenging a consent order

Re CS v ACS and Another 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Composite threshold documents – in which, a tightrope is walked

East Sussex County Council v BH and Others 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Subdural haemorrhages—a way out?

Cases involving subdural haemorrhages are notoriously difficult to defend and, quite frankly, to understand, but as the proud recipient of a ‘C’ at A-level Biology, I can’t think of anyone more qualified to write about such a thing.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Who has the burden of proof?

The case of Re N (A Child: Interim Care Order) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Human Rights Act and family law: Reform, repeal or replace

Human Rights Act 1998 and its incorporation of most of European Convention 1950 into English law has become a fundamental aspect of the English and Scottish constitutional framework.

Full post: dbfamilylaw
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