Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill receives second reading

The Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords on 14 May.

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Government’s plans for domestic abuse do not reflect scale of the issue

ADCS President calls for ‘public health style’ response.

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‘Nearly 1,500 children in England are locked up by the state’: Children’s Commissioner

‘A third of a billion a year is spent on 1,465 children’.

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Judge rules mothers’ actions were ‘blatant and premeditated act of child abduction’

An Australian yoga teacher has won a High Court fight with his estranged English partner over the future of their three-year-old daughter.

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Theresa May rejects calls from 120 MPs for public inquiry into family courts after four children murdered by abusive parents

Prime minister says government believes formal probe into child deaths not 'necessary'.

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DoLS replacement bill becomes law ahead of expected implementation in 2020

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 will introduce Liberty Protection Safeguards to replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

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Voices of children overlooked in family courts, says ex-head

Family courts in England and Wales are not properly accommodating children's voices and needs because the government has suggested "it would all cost too much", their former head has said.

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Judge raises concern about media coverage of Court of Protection case

A judge in a specialist court who is considering whether a mentally ill woman is still able to consent to make love with her husband of more than 25 years has raised concern about media coverage of the case.

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London Borough of Ealing v C (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 2696 (06 July 2017)

Appeal by local authority against decision that there be no order on its application for permission to refuse contact between parents and children in foster care under care orders. Appeal allowed.

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W-C-T (Children) [2019] EWCA Civ 845 (04 April 2019)

Appeal by father against finding of fact in care proceedings concerning four children. Appeal dismissed.

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Uhd v McKay [2019] EWHC 1239 (Fam) (15 May 2019)

Application by father for summary return of child to Australia, in case in which an order was made permitting details of the case to be reported in the media, in an effort to locate the child in this jurisdiction.

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AF v SF [2019] EWHC 1244 (Fam) (01 March 2019)

Final hearing of wife's financial remedies claim, in which the husband was found to lack the capacity to litigate.

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NB, Re (Consent to sex) [2019] EWCOP 17 (07 May 2019)

Proceedings concerning issue of whether woman with learning difficulty had capacity to consent to sexual relations.

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Speech by President of the Family Division: Nicholas Wall Memorial Lecture 2019

In this lecture, the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, looks at the The Children Act 1989 and an overview of the last 30 years.

Full speech: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, via Family Law Hub

Financial Remedy & Divorce Update, May 2019

Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during April 2019.

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Till divorce do us part

Clamour for divorce reform should be seen alongside the less well-publicised unfairness caused by outdated marriage laws, says David Burrows.

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Courts: fit for the future – but not for the present?

More than a year has passed since the Transparency Project submitted its response (among many others) to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on the future strategy of court and tribunal estate reform. Now at last the MOJ has issued its own response.

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GDP-ARgggghhhh! (The Legal Aid Agency’s guide to the GDPR)

A blog post in which the twin joys of legal aid and GDPR are combined in one glorious cluster of hideousness.

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The Court of Appeal in Re TS (Children).

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Alienating behaviours and appealing about an expert report

This post is about a High Court case called Re MFS (Appeal: Transfer of Primary Care) [2019] EWHC 768 (Fam), a judgment delivered in March by Mr Justice Williams.

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“…such obviously fallacious legal arguments”

H-L (Children: Summary Dismissal of Care Proceedings).

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