DWP publishes evaluation of help for separated families projects

Report looks at the progress of 17 services funded by the department and finds that they need to find ways to sustain their impact.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Helping families ‘open up about domestic violence needs to be a public health priority’

Helping children and families open up about experiencing domestic violence needs to be a public health priority, experts from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have warned.

Full story: Family Law Week

Supreme Court to hear Ilott Inheritance Act case in December

Charities' appeal against award to estranged daughter to be heard 12th December.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Judges to rule on tycoon's secrecy plea in court battle with ex-wife

Wealthy businessman says his identity should not feature in media reports due to safety concerns but Times editors disagree.

Full story: The Guardian

Ex-BBC actress cleared by High Court judge of abducting child in international custody battle

A former BBC actress has been cleared of abducting her child in an international custody battle.

Full story: The Telegraph

Family Drug and Alcohol Court’s ‘humane’ approach keeps more families together

New research has found that mothers reunited with their children after care proceedings in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court are more likely to stay off drugs and alcohol for longer, and their family life less likely to be disrupted when compared with cases heard in ordinary care proceedings.

Full story: Family Law

Solicitor removed from injured child case over conflict of interest

A court has arranged for a woman whose child suffered “shocking” injuries at home to be represented by a new law firm in family law proceedings after her previous solicitor was found to have a conflict of interest on both professional and personal grounds.

Full story: Legal Futures

FGM application reveals loophole in protection measures

Met Police urge Home Secretary to bar FGM practitioner from entering country.

Full story: Family Law Week
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Taylor v Taylor [2016] EWFC (11 March 2016)

Financial remedies hearing in high-money case, in which the husband was a professional darts player.

Full report: Family Law

A County Council v AB & Ors (Participation of P in Proceedings) [2016] EWCOP 41 (31 May 2016)

Case Management Hearing in proceedings concerning arrangements for a 25 year old man with lifelong physical and mental disabilities.

Full report: Bailii

Waudby v Aldhouse (Financial Remedies: Delay in Application) [2016] EWFC B63 (31 May 2016)

Appeal by husband against lump sum and periodical payments orders made in favour of wife in excess of 20 years after the parties separated. Appeal allowed and orders discharged.

Full report: Bailii

Al-Jeffery v Al-Jeffery (Vulnerable adult; British citizen : No 2) [2016] EWHC 2309 (Fam) (13 September 2016)

Further hearing relating to a vulnerable adult who claimed to be held against her will in Saudi Arabia. Direction for solicitor to meet her in Saudi Arabia, to ascertain her wishes.

Full report: Bailii

ZDRAVKOVIC v. SERBIA - 28181/11 (Judgment (Merits and Just Satisfaction) : Court (Third Section)) [2016] ECHR 770 (20 September 2016)

Complaint by mother that failure to enforce interim access and custody orders breached her Article 6 & 8 rights. Held, there had been no violation.

Full report: Bailii
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Proprietary estoppel revisited: Moore v Moore [2016] EWHC 2202 (Ch)

Although Moore v Moore does not purport to set out any new principles of law, the judgment is an extremely useful example of the approach to proprietary estoppel in practice.

Full article: Family Law

Paying the Price of Love: Costs in Hague Cases

Sarah Lucy Cooper, barrister of Thomas More Chambers, considers the circumstances in which a respondent might secure a costs order against an applicant in Hague Convention abduction proceedings.

Full article: Family Law Week

Archer v Titchener: what would a family court decide?

Jennifer Kotilaine, Pauline Troy, Emma Romer and Eilidh Gardner, all barristers at 42 Bedford Row, consider the family law implications for the Archer family following Helen’s much-publicised acquittal in the criminal court.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Crisis in infinite Courts

The President has published his 15th View from the President’s Chambers, and it is a doozy.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Really serious and imminent

Lucy Reed looks at the 15th View from the President’s Chambers: care cases: the looming crisis.

Full post: Pink Tape

Hear the angsty screams of the family lawyers…

I sort of feel obligated to vent on behalf of the family law community about The Archers.

Full post: Pink Tape

Giving a clear and simple judgment: how hard can it be?

Newspaper reports of a judgment released this week have concentrated on the use, by the judge, of an emoji – probably a first in the Senior Courts. But the judgment is far more interesting for the way the judge, Mr Justice Peter Jackson, has written it so that the children caught up in a family case will be able to read and understand it – without any loss of legal clarity and efficacy.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Jackson’s Thriller

Mr Justice Peter Jackson has broken twitter. Not with his bootlylicious bottom, but with his judgment in the case of Lancashire County Council v M & Ors [2016] EWFC 9 (04 February 2016), just published.

Full post: Pink Tape
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