Parents accused of 'emotionally harming' child by not naming him, win right to appeal

A couple from Hertfordshire who had their five-month-old baby taken off them because they refused to name him, have won the right to appeal the decision.

Full story: The Telegraph

Blueprint for future of child and family social work unveiled

Chief Social Worker for Children unveils the knowledge and skills statement, a new blueprint for the future training of social workers.

Full story: Family Law

Quality of serious case reviews blasted by independent panel

The quality of child death reviews are “disturbingly variable” with far too many failing to find out what went wrong, a damning report by a government appointed panel has found.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Mrs Justice King appointed to the Court of Appeal

Mrs Justice King has been appointed to the Court of Appeal. The appointment will take effect from this autumn.

Full story: Family Law Week

Court refers just 2 per cent of parties to mediation

Family lawyers should be 'incentivised' by government to refer clients to mediation.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Thai crack down on surrogacy could leave British parents in turmoil

Surrogacies prohibited for prospective parents who are unmarried or a same-gender couple.

Full story: Family Law Week

President of Family Division hits out at non-compliance with court timetables

The President of the Family Division has fired another warning to parties in cases in the Family Court that they are not permitted to amend a timetable fixed by the court without the prior approval of the court.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Judge rules seriously ill boy, 13, can be treated against mothers beliefs

Teenager can be treated with blood products against the belief of his Jehovah's Witness mother.

Full story: The Telegraph
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B & Anor, Re [2014] EWCA Civ 1133 (01 August 2014)

Judgment in appeal by parents against care and placement orders.

Full report: Bailii

Hayes v Hayes [2014] EWHC 2694 (Ch) (12 June 2014)

Appeal by ex-wife against the dismissal of a bankruptcy petition against her ex-husband after he failed to pay sums arising from ancillary relief proceedings. The ex-husband had opposed the bankruptcy order on the basis that his crossclaim exceeded the petition debt. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub

Lincolnshire County Council v LU & Ors [2014] EWFC B94 (17 July 2014)

Care proceedings. Threshold and welfare hearing. Special guardianship orders made in favour of maternal grandparents.

Full report: Bailii

Cumbria County Council [2014] EWHC 2596 (Fam) (28 July 2014)

Care proceedings. Judgemnt concerning disclosure of fact finding judgment.

Full report: Bailii

PO v London Borough of Newham [2014]EWHC 2561 (Admin) (28 July 2014)

Claim for JR by 3 Nigerian children about the level of financial assistance that the Defendant provided under s.17 CA to meet the subsistence needs which they and their mother had while the Secretary of State was considering whether or not they and their mother should be granted leave to remain in this country.

Full report: Family Law Week
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Children will be seen and heard – now they must be understood

Justice Minister, Simon Hughes’ recent announcement that the voice of the child will feature more prominently in deciding family law cases is to be welcomed, but will the proposed measures be enough to ensure that children are not only heard, but understood?

Full article: Family Law

Crime and Punishment

So now Michael Prest has been given a prison sentence - albeit suspended - for failing to pay arrears of maintenance to his ex wife, Yasmin.

Full article: Family Law

When is Same-Gender Parenting a Private Fostering Arrangement?

Kate Tompkins, barrister, of 36 Bedford Row considers the implications of private fostering arrangements in respect of children born to same-gender couples.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Hearing an appeal in private

The Court of Appeal were asked to rule, as a preliminary issue, whether the mother’s appeal should be heard in private - Re DE and AB 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

M v B: Extraordinarily tragic

A summary of M v B [2014] EWHC 2686 (Fam) - an application by the mother of a boy, now aged about nine and a half, for permission to remove him from living in England to live long term with her in Abu Dhabi.

Full post: Family Lore

Administrative law and the family courts

Public bodies and applications in the family court.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

The Strange Case of Surrogacy Law

Legal Liberal looks at an anomaly in surrogacy law.

Full post: Legal Liberal

serious case review versus judicial review – a (cough) review

Who ‘owns’ a Serious Case Review, and what rights or powers do the Courts have over its disclosure?

Full post: suesspiciousminds
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Alere Toxicology provides hair testing for drug and alcohol abuse



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