‘Legal aid cuts and soaring fees leave vulnerable migrant children with nowhere to turn’

Children’s Society publishes Cut off from Justice report.

Full story: Family Law Week

Recent reports ‘all suggest that under-investment is putting children at risk’

BASW CEO highlights findings by Children’s Commissioner, LGA and Action for Children.

Full story: Family Law Week

Gwynneth Knowles QC appointed to High Court Family Bench

Appointment with effect from 2nd October 2017.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Report calls for young children to have an independent right to privacy

The rise of ‘sharenting’, YouTube families and ‘science entertainment’ television programmes adversely affects the privacy of children, according to a new report.

Full story: Family Law

Children: surrogacy, and single people and parental orders: House of Commons Briefing Paper

Published in anticipation of changes expected in new session of Parliament.

Full story: Family Law Hub

'Unlawful' family court agreement axed

A joint agreement aimed at tackling delays in care proceedings has been ditched amid concerns it is unlawful and could lead to collusion between social workers and family court guardians.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Counselling domestic abusers cuts offending by third, say researchers

A radical counselling scheme for some domestic abusers cuts offending by a third, researchers say.

Full story: BBC News

Some children stuck in a' revolving door' of referral and assessment

Action for Children says vulnerable children are increasingly receiving help only at crisis point.

Full story: Family Law Week
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CH v A Metropolitan Council [2017] EWCOP 12 (28 July 2017)

Application on behalf of claimant for approval of a proposed settlement of his claim for damages against Local Authority pursuant to HRA 1998.

Full report: Bailii

W (Children) [2017] EWFC 61 (17 August 2017)

Judgment in connection with claim for damages by social worker relating to identification of judge who had criticised them in the course of care proceedings.

Full report: Bailii

X (A Child) (No 5) [2017] EWHC 2141 (Fam) (17 August 2017)

Further judgment in care proceedings concerning a 17 year old girl who has made determined attempts to commit suicide on a large number of occasions.

Full report: Bailii

X, R v [2016] EWFC 75 (08 November 2016)

Application for an adoption order in respect of a 10 year old girl who was found abandoned outside a temple in Delhi in June 2008.

Full report: Bailii

Gaspar v Zaleski & Ors [2017] EWHC 1770 (Ch) (12 July 2017)

Wife was seeking a declaration that she was part owner of a property and an order for sale pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 so that she could realise her interest.

Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub
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Assisting victims of domestic abuse living in the UK on a spousal visa

We will regularly come across cases where a spouse, typically the wife, is subject to a spousal visa, ie their immigration status in the UK is entirely dependent upon their spouse’s right to remain in the UK or citizenship.

Full article: Family Law

Talk about a revolution: the internet and children proceedings

Jennifer Kotilaine, barrister of 3PB, reflects on the various ways in which the application of children law has adapted to the internet and social media and on the further adaptations that may lie ahead.

Full article: Family Law Week

The Case of X: A Wake Up Call

Michael Jones, barrister, Deans Court Chambers, Manchester, considers the lessons to be learned from the case of X which attracted considerable attention in the mainstream media.

Full article: Family Law Week
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The Everlasting Discussion of Lasting Powers of Attorney

An interview with recently-retired senior judge of the Court of Protection, Denzil Lush, on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme has led to a flurry of comment and discussion this week about the advantages and disadvantages of lasting powers of attorney (in particular for property and affairs) as against deputyship appointed by the Court of Protection.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Cross-examination by alleged abusers; and thoughts for a way through…

Abusive cross-examination: recent case-law.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Child refugees – section 20? Care proceedings? Either?

Re J (child refugees) 2017.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Family Court judge accused of misfeasance in public office by social worker he criticised

The case W (Children) [2017] EWFC 61 (17 August 2017).

Full post: The Transparency Project

Mrs Owens: a divorce in 2017

The concept of “no fault divorce” has gained traction in recent years, but the recent case of Owens v Owens and the image it conjures up of a wife trapped in a loveless marriage has concentrated people’s minds on the issue. As the case heads towards a further appeal hearing in the Supreme Court, David Burrows comments on the prospects for reforming a law to meet its legislators’ true intentions nearly half a century ago.

Full post: ICLR blog
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