Divorcing man told: You can’t pay your lawyers without paying your wife’s

The husband in a divorce dispute cannot pay his lawyers a pound without paying a pound to his wife’s solicitors, the High Court has ruled.

Full story: Legal Futures

Councils using 'hundreds of thousands of people's data to try and predict child abuse'

Councils are said to be using hundreds of thousands of people's data to try and predict child abuse, it has emerged.

Full story: The Telegraph

Domestic abuse victims turning to civil courts because police are failing to enforce law

Domestic abuse victims are increasingly turning to the civil courts for protection because the police are failing to enforce the law of coercive control, it has emerged.

Full story: The Telegraph

Male domestic abuse: Not enough support for victims, says charity

Male domestic abuse victims are suffering a lack of support despite a sharp rise in attacks, a charity said.

Full story: BBC News

“When a child won't see one parent”

Cafcass is developing a "High Conflict Practice Pathway" to help Cafcass practitioners to "systematically assess cases which feature adult behaviours associated with high conflict."

Full story: Family Law Week

Latest Private law children cases received

The latest Cafcass private law demand statistics show that in August 2018, Cafcass received a total of 4,019 new private law children cases.

Full story: Family Law Week

“From inadequate to outstanding, from paper to cloud”

Insights into how Cafcass workers have harnessed use of new technology.

Full story: Family Law Week

Justice Secretary confirms plans to reduce conflict in divorce

Couples wishing to divorce will soon benefit from a less confrontational process, under proposals confirmed by the Justice Secretary David Gauke.

Full story: Ministry of Justice
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SH, Re [2018] EWCOP 21 (17 September 2018)

Application for the appointment of the holder of a specified office or position (as distinct from a named individual holding such office at the time of the appointment) as a property and affairs deputy.

Full report: Bailii

LKH v TQA AL Z (Interim maintenance and pound for pound costs funding) [2018] EWHC 2436 (Fam) (24 July 2018)

Application by W under Part III MFPA 1984. Order, inter alia, injuncting H from paying any further money to his solicitors unless he pays an equal amount to the wife's solicitors.

Full report: Bailii

TP v PRBP [2018] EWHC 2433 (Fam) (26 July 2018)

Financial remedies application in which the issue of the capacity of the husband was raised.

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K (A Child : Threshold Findings) [2018] EWCA Civ 2044 (04 September 2018)

Care proceedings. Appeal against finding that threshold had not been made out. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

M (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 2043 (04 September 2018)

Father's application for permission to appeal against order requiring him to secure return of child from Thailand. Application refused.

Full report: Bailii
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Consent Orders: Triumph or Disaster? Working towards best practice in reaching consent orders

Following a multi-professional seminar, David Pitcher, Family Court Adviser, Cafcass and Carol Mashembo, barrister, Magdalen Chambers, Exeter with Dr Anna Gough and Sarah Evans consider the issues concerning best practice in consent orders in family proceedings.

Full article: Family Law Week

Meal ticket for life?

The recent ‘meal ticket for life’ Supreme Court case of Mills v Mills, [2018] All ER (D) 107 (Jul) (18 July 2018).

Full article: Family Law

Financial Remedies and Divorce Update, September 2018

Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during August 2018.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Tense – nervous, headache

Re K (A child : Threshold findings) 2018.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

14-year-old instructs his own solicitor in care proceedings

The Times published a story on 13 September under the headline, ‘Judge lets 14-year-old boy choose his own lawyer’.

Full story: The Transparency Project

Freedom versus responsibility when the Press report on care proceedings

On September 6th 2018 The Sun published an article ‘They Stole my Baby’ – Mum’s heartbreaking tale of how secret courts took her baby away forever – as we reveal children are being ripped from parents in record numbers.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Lord Chief Justice calls for more open justice

Judges should publish more judgments online, and they should engage more with the media, according to the Lord Chief Justice.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Court documents: Part 4 – documents for media and non-parties in family proceedings

This Part looks at how the law, as explained in the first three Parts, applies to documents and to non-parties in family proceedings.

Full post: dbfamilylaw
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