Jamie Cooper-Hohn wins £337m in High Court divorce case

The American wife of a London financier has been awarded £337m by a High Court judge in a divorce case.

Full story: BBC News

LiPs not to blame for delays in family courts

MOJ publishes experimental statistics providing the results of analyses of estimated hearing duration in Private Law cases in England and Wales.

Full story: Family Law

One in four face financial trouble following relationship split

Britons are turning to credit cards, overdrafts and personal loans following a relationship break-up according to the findings of a new survey.

Full story: Resolution

Baby P effect takes children in care numbers to 25-year high, says NAO

Local authorities in England were looking after 68,110 children in March 2013 – a 14% increase since 2008.

Full story: The Guardian

Children on protection register in Wales total rises again

The number of children on child protection registers in Wales has risen for the sixth year running.

Full story: BBC News

County loses appeal over support for disabled Roma child who moves out of area

A county council has lost a Court of Appeal bid to overturn a ruling that the authority had the power to provide support for a disabled child even when his Roma Gypsy family are working in different parts of the country and outside its borders.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Government announces £10m fund to help eliminate violence against women and girls

The government has announced a £10 million fund to support women’s refuges in 100 areas across England.

Full story: Family Law

Divorce hurting British workplaces

British businesses are suffering as a result of divorce and separation. That’s the finding of a new piece of research from family law not for profit group Resolution.

Full story: Resolution
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A & B (Court of Protection: Delay and Costs) [2014] EWCOP 48 (25 November 2014)

Judgment concerning costs of two cases in the Court of Protection.

Full report: Bailii

Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group -v- AB & CD [2014] EWCOP 49 (27 November 2014)

Application for a declaration for artificial nutrition and hydration to be withdrawn.

Full report: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary (PDF)

Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust v AB [2014] EWCOP 50 (31 January 2014)

Application by NHS Trust for declarations regarding, inter alia, capacity of patient to consent to medical treatment, including to a Caesarean Section.

Full report: Bailii

Ville de Bauge & Anor v China [2014] EWHC 3975 (Fam) (07 November 2014)

Judgment concerning divorce jurisdictional dispute where proceedings had been issued in Italy and England.

Full report: Bailii

SP (Father) v EB (Mother) & Anor [2014] EWHC 3964 (Fam) (26 November 2014)

Application by father for summary return of child to Malta.

Full report: Bailii
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Fixed fees and windmills

There was an even larger than usual turnout at this week's quarterly meeting of the Forum of Family Arbitrators, a group in which all IFLA accredited arbitrators are invited to participate.

Full article: Family Law

Non-accidental Injury and Re-balancing the Burden of Proof

Dr John Fox, barrister of Lamb Building, reviews some recent cases which may suggest a re-consideration of the burden of proof in cases of alleged non-accidental injury.

Full article: Family Law Week

Mediation Matters: As storm clouds gather, you need faith in those you employ

We’re just a few weeks away from the introduction of a compulsory accreditation scheme which all family mediators will have to work towards if they’re to sell their services to the public.

Full article: Family Law
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Family finance arbitration: where are we now? Mr Justice Mostyn addresses fixed fees

Marilyn Stowe attends a joint family/ commercial arbitration seminar addressed by two distinguished High Court Judges: Sir Bernard Eder and Sir Nicholas Mostyn.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe’s Family Law & Divorce Blog

Beware the PLO my son! the jaws that bite, the claws that catch (Is the PLO coming to Court of Protection?)

Cases A and B (Court of Protection : Delay and Costs) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Disproportionate costs in family proceedings will be criticised

Family lawyers need to keep costs proportionate warned Mostyn J in his recent decision in J v J.

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Dangerous Territory…. Assessment of a parent who is overseas

London Borough of Tower Hamlets and D 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Have we lost sight of J.S. Mill’s concept of the right to liberty? Article 5 in the Court of Protection

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council v KW (by her litigation friend Celia Walsh) [2014] EWCOP 45.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog
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