Charlie Gard parents lose European court appeal

Judges at the European Court of Human Rights have rejected a plea from the parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard to intervene in his case.

Full story: BBC News

British Sikh couple take legal action after being advised not to adopt

A British Sikh couple are bringing a legal case, claiming they were advised by an adoption agency not to apply because of their “cultural heritage”.

Full story: The Guardian

“Children Deserve More” – Child Maintenance Service loopholes deny children the support they deserve

The child maintenance system is failing to ensure children receive the appropriate level of support they are entitled to, according to a new report by Gingerbread.

Full story: Gingerbread

Mrs Justice Roberts gives comprehensive summary of the law regarding sham trusts

Trust disclosed in Form E found to be genuine.

Full story: Family Law Week

New research will audit best practice in inter-country children and families cases

Children and Families Across Borders announces research and advocacy project.

Full story: Family Law Week

6 out of 10 separating couples ignore law and go straight to court

Some solicitors are “treating the new law like a box-ticking exercise,” says NFM.

Full story: Family Law Week

Woman loses £50m divorce fight after claiming husband 'set up sham offshore trust'

A woman has lost a £50 million divorce court battle after failing to prove her millionaire husband’s offshore trust was a sham.

Full story: Evening Standard

Court of Appeal to hear father’s appeal in Charedi community contact case

Hearing listed for November 2017.

Full story: Family Law Week
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A Local Authority v The Mother & Anor [2017] EWHC 1515 (Fam) (19 May 2017)

Care proceedings regarding baby of mother from ethnic minority community, in which the mother agreed to adoption but did not want the father to be given notice of the proceedings, as the mother feared the reaction from her family and in the community within which she lives.

Full report: Bailii

CS & Anor v PD [2017] EWHC 1514 (Fam) (07 April 2017)

Application by mother to set aside order requiring her to return children to America, on the basis of a subsequent change in circumstances, namely a deterioration in her mental health, which could deteriorate further if the children had to return to America.

Full report: Bailii

A Local Authority v HB (Alleged Risk of Radicalisation and Abduction) [2017] EWHC 1437 (Fam) (26 May 2017)

Applications by local authority under inherent jurisdiction and for care orders in respect of two children who were believed to be at risk of being radicalised.

Full report: Bailii

ND v SD & Ors [2017] EWHC 1507 (Fam) (21 June 2017)

Preliminary hearing in financial remedies proceedings, dealing with issue of whether a trust was genuine or, as the wife claimed, a sham.

Full report: Bailii 

GP (Wrongful Removal) [2017] EWHC 1480 (Fam) (20 June 2017)

Application by father for return of child to Italy, in a case in which the mother had been sentenced to 1 year in prison for the removal of the child by the Italian court.

Full report: Bailii
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Drawing the Line: case management and allegations of judicial bias in the family courts

Jennifer Youngs and Vondez Phipps, pupil barristers at 42 Bedford Row, summarise the circumstances in which judicial conduct at a case management hearing might form the basis of an application for recusal, and provide guidance to practitioners as to the manner in which such an application might be made.

Full article: Family Law Week

Brexit and divorce – what next for families?

The triggering of Article 50 of the Treaty of European Union on 29 March 2017 began the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and this week the negotiations commence.

Full article: Family Law

Surrogacy Law / HFEA Update (June 2017)

Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent surrogacy judgments and the latest cases concerning administrative errors relating to consent forms and the HFEA.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Transgender father to appeal for greater contact with ultra orthodox children

The Court of Appeal has granted permission to the father to appeal against the decision of the High Court earlier this year. Briefly, Peter Jackson J denied a father, who now lives as a transgender person, direct contact with his five children who live with their mother in the heart of a Charedi community of ultra-orthodox Jews.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Tigers, tsunamis and trusts: lessons from Quan v Bray

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Quan v Bray & Others, handed down on 16 June, contains important lessons, not just regarding the central issue of nuptial settlements, but also regarding the conduct and management of litigation.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

The digital age dawns: online divorce

I had the pleasure of attending the At A Glance legal conference in London on Wednesday. One of the speakers was Adam Lennon, the Head of Family Modernisation & Improvement at HM Courts and Tribunals Service. He talked about the Court’s plans to roll out an online divorce system.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Grandparents must NEVER be told their daughter had twins

The Daily Mail reported on 20 June that a judge had ruled that “Grandparents must NEVER be told their daughter had twins…as mother plans to give babies away”.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Cowboys of the wild west?

Some context on the influence of fee-charging McKenzie Friends in family law.

Full post: Pink Tape
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