Family lawyer struck off for misleading client

An associate solicitor formerly with London firm Kingsley Napley has been struck off after four findings of dishonesty.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Family lawyers slam failing new legal aid digital system

Jo Edwards, chair of family justice organisation Resolution, criticised the Legal Aid Agency’s controversial £35 million Client Cost and Management System as “nothing short of a national scandal” at the Resolution National Conference in Brighton today.

Full story: Resolution

Resolution launches national support network for junior family practitioners

Family law organisation Resolution today unveils its national YRes network for family solicitors, legal executives, paralegals, barristers and other professionals at the start of their career.

Full story: Family Law

BAAF responds to main parties’ election pledges for looked after children

Chief executive of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, Caroline Selkirk, has responded to the key general election manifesto pledges for looked after children from the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties.

Full story: Family Law Week

HMCTS publishes Q & A document for divorce processing changes

HM Courts and Tribunal Service has confirmed its plans for the handling of divorce work within the Family Court.

Full story: Family Law Week

Lack of representation ‘particularly unfair’ in emotive cases

A judge has stressed the importance of having lawyers in family court proceedings to prevent emotional self-represented litigants behaving in ways they might regret.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Care applications in March 2015

In March 2015, Cafcass received a total of 1,066 care applications.  This figure represents a 16% increase compared to those received in March 2014.

Full story: Cafcass

Cafcass private law demand

In March 2015, Cafcass received a total of 3,249 new private law cases.  This is a 10% decrease on March 2014 levels.

Full story: Cafcass
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MA v SK [2015] EWHC 887 (Fam) (13 March 2015)

Judgment concerning, inter alia, claims by wife under MWPA 1882, Part IV FLA 1996 and Part III MFPA 1984.

Full report: Bailii

ABC v PM & Anor [2015] EWFC 32 (05 March 2015)

Application for permission to appeal against s.37 MCA order. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

CS v ACS & Anor [2015] EWHC 1005 (Fam) (16 April 2015)

Application by wife to substitute nominal maintenance order in consent order with one of substantive maintenance, on grounds of non-disclosure. Discussion of whether she should apply to set aside or appeal.

Full report: Bailii

G & A (Children: Habitual Residence and Article 15 Transfer) [2015] EWFC B41 (14 April 2015)

Care proceedings concerning two children of Lithuanian origin. Consideration of issue of jurisdiction.

Full report: Bailii

S (a child with disabilities), Re [2015] EWFC B40 (20 February 2015)

Application for a care order in respect of a 16 year old child with profound disabilities.

Full report: Bailii
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Fathers are not just for Christmas

Recently I attended a debate devoted to the highly emotive issue of relocation. I voiced the opinion that too little weight is given – still – to the damage caused to a child when one of their parents leaves the jurisdiction.

Full article: Family Law

Changes to the Divorce Process in England and Wales: Q&A

HM Courts & Tribunals Service explain how the forthcoming changes will affect the divorce process in England and Wales.

Full article: Family Law Week

Personal Support Unit – Bristol Civil Justice Centre

The use of Personal Support Units in civil justice centres across the country is gaining momentum as more and more units have opened and are engaging in providing support to those unable to afford legal assistance.

Full article: Family Law
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Are pro bono lawyers playing the Government’s game?

In 2013, as we all know, the Government abolished legal aid for many types of family law matters.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

A heartbreaking case of staggering genius

Gray v Work 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Sir, you are vexing me!

Lucy Reed examines the use of civil restraint orders by the family court.

Full post: Pink Tape

New Practice Directions out now!

The Practice Directions supporting the new Court of Protection Rules have been published now.

Full post: Court of Protection Handbook

LiPs do it for longer – should we believe the bumper sticker?

After the recent Panorama documentary “DIY Justice” people started tweeting under the hashtag #diyjustice that “Litigant in person cases take 50% longer than those with legal professionals involved”, and other variations on the theme that litigants in person are “clogging up the courts”.

Full post: Pink Tape
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