First domestic abuse consultation event held in Birmingham

The event is a key part of a major government consultation on the issue, and the first of 6 to be held across the country.

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Lord Justice McFarlane speaks out for change to adoption contact system

Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane has delivered a speech on present practices surrounding contact and adoption.

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Funding boost to improve speed and quality of adoption services

The Regional Adoption Agencies will speed up matching to find loving, stable homes for children more quickly.

Full story: Department for Education

Take the blame out of divorce to help those trapped in 'loveless' marriages, says top family judge

No-fault divorce should be introduced to help women who are "trapped in a loveless marriage", Britain's top family judge has suggested.

Full story: The Telegraph

Flawed legal aid system leaves ‘poorer and vulnerable clients denied assistance’

The Law Society has revealed that lower income families in England and Wales are being denied legal aid, meaning that they are excluded from funded aid to help fight eviction, severe housing disrepair and other legal issues.

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Alfie Evans parents refused permission for supreme court appeal

Couple hoped to overturn decision to switch off seriously ill toddler’s life support.

Full story: The Guardian

Council kept boy, 9, in care for whole of his life, judge reveals

Herefordshire council used section 20 orders to keep children in care without seeking court approval.

Full story: The Guardian

Children and Social Work Act 2017 (Commencement No 3) Regulations 2018

‘Corporate parenting principles’ brought into force from 1 April 2018.

Full story: Family Law Week
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Secretary of State for the Home Department -v- Skripal and Another [2018] EWCOP 6 (22 March 2018)

Judgment allowing Salisbury NHS Trust to take blood samples from Sergei and Yulia Skripal and provide them to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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A v R & Anor (Appeal of Summary Determination) [2018] EWHC 521 (Fam) (21 March 2018)

Appeal by father against child arrangements order. Appeal allowed in part.

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EA v NA [2018] EWHC 583 (Fam) (02 March 2018)

Claim by wife seeking a declaration that her husband had either died or, alternatively, had not been known to be alive for a period of at least seven years.

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Rothschild v Rothschild [2017] EWHC 3709 (Fam) (28 November 2017)

Application by mother for summary return of children to America. Return ordered.

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Hart v Hart [2018] EWHC 549 (Fam) (15 March 2018)

Sentencing judgment following finding that husband had been in contempt in relation to implementation of financial remedies order.

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Bloom v Bloom: The risks of failing to provide full and frank disclosure in financial remedy proceedings

Bloom v Bloom concerned the applicant wife’s application that judgments in the financial remedy proceedings, where the respondent husband had been found to have defrauded her parents, should be published un-anonymised.

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Villiers v Villiers: An Update

Michal Horton and Alex Laing, both of Coram Chambers, report on the latest developments in a case that has attracted widespread attention in the press.

Full article: Family Law Week

International child abduction proceedings: key points to note from the latest President's guidance

On 13 March 2018, a new practice direction was issued by the President concerning Case Management and Mediation of International Child Abduction Proceedings.

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A v R & Anor 2018.

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Step-parent adoption order set aside where court misled

A father’s appeal out of time was allowed and a step-parent adoption order set aside as a result of deception by the applicants. Nasstassia Hylton, barrister at 1 Garden Court Chambers, considers the decision in Re J (Adoption: Appeal) [2018] EWFC 8 and looks at the serious consequences of giving false information to the courts.

Full post: Family Law Blog

An utterly misconceived application

Re SW (no 2) 2018.

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Local Authority unlawfully caring for child for four years (section 20 abuse)

Herefordshire Council v AB 2018.

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Use of Police Protection – a guide for social workers

This is intended to be a simple one page guide for social workers as to what to think about when Police Protection is being considered as a route of a child coming into care.

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