High Court rules against sharia-only divorce claim

The Family Division of the High Court has ruled against a man who claimed his marriage could only be dissolved under sharia, and that his wife must travel to Pakistan for a divorce.

Full story: National Secular Society

HRA claims and concurrent care proceedings

Third party costs orders, statutory charge guidance and an invitation to the Lord Chancellor.

Full story: Family Law Week

Resolution response to Prisons and Courts Bill

Resolution, the biggest national organisation of family lawyers, has issued a response to today's Prisons and Courts Bill. The Bill was unveiled today by Justice Secretary Elizabeth Truss.

Full story: Family Law

MOJ publishes research on the cross-examination of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses in private family law

The Ministry of Justice has today (23 February 2017) published a report on the cross-examination of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses in private family law.

Full story: Family Law

The Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2017

These Rules amend the Court of Protection Rules 2007 in two respects.

Council criticised over death of child on special guardianship order

A children's services department has been criticised for a raft of failures in their handling of the case of an 18-month-old girl, who was murdered after being placed with a family member through a special guardianship order.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Consultation launched on draft Practice Direction 3AA

Vulnerable persons: participation in proceedings and giving evidence.

Full story: Family Law Week

Courts to ban cross-examination of victims by abusers

Domestic abusers will no longer be able to cross-examine their former partners in family courts in England and Wales, the justice secretary is to announce.

Full story: BBC News
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G v S [2017] EWHC 365 (Fam) (24 February 2017)

Final hearing of Schedule 1 Children Act application made by mother of two year old child.

Full report: Bailii

R (A Child : Care Order) [2017] EWHC 364 (Fam) (24 February 2017)

Re-hearing of application for care order and placement orders in respect of two year old child, including issues relating to drug testing on the mother.

Full report: Bailii

A Local Authority & Anor v MC & Ors (Care proceedings)(Inherent Jurisdiction) [2017] EWHC 370 (Fam) (24 February 2017)

Application by NHS Trust for a declaration that it is lawful to withhold certain invasive treatment from child who is the subject of both care proceedings and proceedings brought under the inherent jurisdiction.

Full report: Bailii

Fraser v A Mother & Anor [2016] EWFC 68 (11 July 2016)

Application for permission to appeal by a social worker against findings made by a district judge in a judgment in care proceedings.

Full report: Bailii

Wodzicki v Wodzicki [2017] EWCA Civ 95 (24 February 2017)

Appeal by the daughter of the deceased, who had died intestate, that she was the sole beneficial owner of a property, and not, as the judge found, a joint owner with the father's second wife. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub
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HRA Claims and Concurrent Care Proceedings: Third Party Costs Orders, Statutory Charge Guidance and an Invitation to the Lord Chancellor

Ben Mansfield, barrister of The 36 Group, examines the judgment of Mr Justice Keehan in H (A Minor) v Northamptonshire County Council and the Legal Aid Agency [2017] EWHC 282 (Fam).

Full article: Family Law Week

Surrogacy Law /HFEA Update (February 2017)

Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent surrogacy cases in this jurisdiction, developments in the European Court of Human Rights, calls for law reform and recent judgments concerning administrative errors by fertility clinics.

Full article: Family Law Week

Family Court proceedings: gender reassignment and ultra-orthodox Judaism

Claire McCann, an expert on trans equality, analyses the competing arguments in the Family Court’s recent assessment of the children’s “best interests” in the unusual context of a transgender parent and the Charedi Jewish community in North Manchester.

Full article: Cloisters
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Shi-Anne Downer – Press Coverage and Serious Case Review

The publication of the Serious Case Review in the very sad case of Shi-Anne (Keegan) Downer, murdered at 18 months old by her Special Guardian Kandyce Downer, has prompted a fresh round of press coverage of the circumstances of her death.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Keehan as mustard ? Costs order against Lord Chancellor

Re H (A minor) v Northamptonshire CC 2017.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Parental consent not required for section 20 accommodation

Is it a breach of a local authority’s duty under section 20 of the Children Act 1989, and article 8 of the ECHR, to keep children in foster care without their parent’s consent?

Full post: Community Care Blog

When child protection goes wrong – can you claim any financial compensation?

This post follows a recent report of an adult who has taken legal action against a local authority for failures to do their job properly or at all, resulting in harm to that individual.

Full post: The Transparency Project

The Kirklees Case: What’s going on with the Human Rights Act?

What I would like to examine here and briefly, is the recent decision of Cobb J in the recent case involving Kirklees Council CZ (Human Rights Claim: Costs) [2017] EWFC 11 (16 February 2017).

Full post: The Transparency Project
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