Women with disabilities excluded from domestic abuse law, say campaigners

Male carers who can prove they are acting in their partners’ interests would escape punishment under ‘coercive control’ legislation.

Full story: The Guardian

New Children’s Commissioner for Wales announced

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, has today announced the appointment of Professor Sally Holland as the new Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

Full story: Family Law

Cohabiting couple families are the fastest growing family type in the UK, according to ONS data

According to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), cohabiting couple families are the fastest growing family type in the UK.

Full story: Family Law

House husband battles divorce ruling which would force him to sell home and get a job

A house husband who was supported by his millionaire wife for years is fighting a divorce court ruling he claims is forcing him to quit their £1?million home — and get a full-time job.

Full story: Evening Standard

Final Report of the Financial Remedies Working Group 15 December 2014

The Financial Remedies Working Group (‘the group’) was established by the President of the Family Division in June 2014.

Full story: Family Law

Clare's Law: 1,300 domestic abuse disclosures made

A scheme allowing people to find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence has been used more than 1,300 times in less than a year.

Full story: BBC News

A third of siblings in care 'forced to live apart'

More than a third (37%) of children in care in England who have siblings are having to live apart from any of them, suggests research by a charity.

Full story: BBC News

LGA criticises Ofsted’s ‘blinkered approach’ to inspecting children’s services

The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, is calling for an overhaul of the way children's services are inspected, so the roles of everyone involved in protecting vulnerable children are monitored and included in a judgment.

Full story: Family Law Week
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E (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1754 (4 November 2014)

Appeal by mother against making of interim care order. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Family Law Week

NG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions & Anor (Child support : receipt of benefit) (CSM) [2015] UKUT 20 AAC (15 January 2015)

Appeal by father concerning the correct date upon which his liability to pay child support for his daughter ended.

Full report: Bailii

Lancashire County Council v T & Ors (Habitual Residence: Care Proceedings) [2014] EWHC 3321 (Fam) (08 August 2014)

Judgment considering issue of habitual residence for the purposes of care proceedings.

Full report: Bailii

M (Republic of Ireland) (Child's Objections) (Joinder of Children As Parties To Appeal) [2015] EWCA Civ 26 (27 January 2015)

Appeals against order requiring the return of three children to the Republic of Ireland. Appeals allowed.

Full report: Bailii

X-N (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1775 (25 November 2014)

Father's appeal against an order allowing the mother to take the child to China for a holiday. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Family Law Hub
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Children: Private Law Update (January 2015)

Alex Verdan QC, of 4 Paper Buildings, reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.

Full article: Family Law Week

Spousal maintenance

In the judgment of SS v NS [2014] EWHC 4183 (Fam), Mostyn J has given comprehensive guidance on the principal issues surrounding spousal maintenance.

Full article: Law Society Gazette

Report of the Financial Remedies Working Group: An overview for practitioners

Today (26 January 2015) saw the publication of the final report of the FRWG dated 15 December 2014.

Full article: Family Law
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Catch-33: Stringent documentary requirements upheld for legal aid in domestic violence cases

R (on the application of Rights of Women) v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWHC 35 (Admin).

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Children and parties

RE M (Republic of Ireland) (Child’s objections) (Joinder of children as parties to appeal) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Risks of refusing reasonable offers to settle in divorce cases

The judgment in SR v RS demonstrates that parties cannot, in the face of reasonable offers to settle, continue to litigate matters indefinitely without the spectre of cost sanctions.

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

A family law reform manifesto

With a hundred days to go to an election, my top ten list for law reform (mostly family) would be as follows.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Mother allowed to move to Russia under the Hague Convention 1996

The mother of a two year-old boy has been allowed to move back to Russia against the wishes of the father.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog
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