Severely disabled baby should be allowed to die, judge rules

Three-and-a-half-month-old boy’s parents had objected to hospital’s request to withdraw life-sustaining treatment.

Full story: The Guardian

Sale under Insolvency Act 1986 s 335A should not be postponed because of respondents’ disabled child

In Grant & Another v Baker [2016] EWHC 1782 (Ch) the High Court has determined that the sale of a property, sought by the trustee in bankruptcy, should not be postponed until the respondents' disabled adult child no longer resided at the property.

Full story: Family Law Week

Supreme Court to hand down judgment in Scottish ‘named person’ case

Appellants claim that the scheme is excessively intrusive.

Full story: Family Law Week

Government consults on mandatory reporting of child abuse

New statutory duties would not apply to general public.

Full story: Family Law Week

5,700 newly recorded FGM cases during 2015-16

Health and Social Care Information Centre publishes first ever annual statistics.

Full story: Family Law Week

Rich wives being told to get a job as judges clamp down on 'meal ticket' divorces - lawyers

Rich wives are increasing being told to go out and get a job rather than rely on maintenance from their ex-husband as judges lead what amounts to a clampdown on “meal ticket” divorces, according to lawyers.

Full story: The Telegraph

Court of Appeal disapproves of ‘destitution’ as threshold for support for migrant children and families

The Court of Appeal has disapproved of 'destitution' as the threshold for support for migrant children and families under the Children Act 1989.

Full story: Family Law Week

Court says care cases must be completed in 18 weeks, research finds

Research on the impact of the Public Law Outline introduced in 2014 has identified 'strong support' for improving timeliness in care proceedings.

Full story: Community Care
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A Child, Re [2016] EWFC B50 (22 July 2016)

Application for care and placement orders in respect of a child whose parents moved to Portugal.

Full report: Bailii

Lancashire County Council v AB (injured child) [2016] EWFC B49 (12 May 2016)

Final hearing of care proceedings concerning child who had suffered injuries. Child placed with members of the maternal family and special guardianship order made.

Full report: Bailii

London Borough of Hillingdon v DS & Ors [2016] EWHC 1858 (Fam) (13 June 2016)

Care proceedings concerning two children who arrived at a London airport from Pakistan, considering issue of jurisdiction.

Full report: Bailii

L (Habitual Residence: Domestic Abuse), Re [2016] EWHC 1844 (Fam) (22 July 2016)

Judgment considering issue of jurisdiction in care proceedings concerning child of Ukrainian mother and British father.

Full report: Bailii

R v D [2016] EWHC 1154 (Fam) (29 April 2016)

Application by father under Brussels IIa for return of child from Poland, following failed Hague convention application. Return ordered.

Full report: Bailii
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The legality of secret recordings

It is becoming more common for clients to ask whether they can record meetings with professionals or film their ex-partner who behaves one way in court and quite another at handovers. How else can they prove their point when it's just their word against the other party's?

Full article: Solicitors Journal

Seen and heard? Children as witnesses in family proceedings

Damian Stuart, Barrister, FOURTEEN, re-visits Baroness Hale’s seminal speech in Re W (Children) (Abuse: Oral Evidence) in the light of Lord Justice McFarlane’s recent judgment in Re E (A Child).

Full article: Family Law Week

The CJEU rules on rights of residence of non-EU nationals on divorce

Secretary of State for the Home Department v NA has significant ramifications on the rights of residence of non-EU citizens going through divorce proceedings in the UK.

Full article: Family Law
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The state of transparency: what happens when anonymisation safeguards fail?

The Transparency Project has been concerned for some time about judgments from family cases being published where the anonymisation was incomplete or non-existent.

Full post: The Transparency Project

A civil *style* authority

There is a really useful 2014 Court of Appeal judgment which I’ve come across lately which has some useful cross over applicability to appeals on fact in family cases.

Full post: Pink Tape

“Fell far short of the promise foreshadowed in her CV” (radicalisation, Tower Hamlets)

This is the Hayden J judgment in the Tower Hamlets case involving the girl who had tried to go to Syria having been exposed to extremist videos and propaganda of the most alarming kind.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

The Hungarian Games

A peculiar case where the parents were agreeing to adopt their child and the fight was about whether that would be in the UK or Hungary.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Fundamental principles: children being heard in family proceedings

David Burrows considers the issue of children being heard in family proceedings.

Full post: dbfamilylaw
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