Heiress repaid £3m she gave husband after he cut children out of will

A rich heiress is to be re-paid more than £3m she gave her husband when their marriage collapsed after she discovered he had left nothing to their children following his suicide.

Full story: The Telegraph

Policy of council on retaining child protection records was lawful: High Court

A High Court judge has ruled that it was lawful for a local authority to have a policy of retaining child protection records for a period of 35 years after a case has been closed.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

North south divide in how divorces are heard forces wives to seek justice in London

An unofficial north-south divide in how divorces are arranged is driving growing numbers of wives to have their cases heard in London in the hope of obtaining more favourable settlements.

Full story: The Telegraph

Judge bans father taking daughters to Nigeria for female genital mutilation

Court issues protection order preventing three sisters, aged six to 12, from being taken out of UK after mother testifies she has ‘never recovered’ from FGM herself.

Full story: The Guardian

Nearly a thousand children in care repeatedly forced to move school

The Centre for Social Justice collects data from 124 local authorities.

Full story: Family Law Week

Wife who made £2m home into 'fortress' after divorce is told to 'move on' by judge

A wife who turned her £2?million home into a “fortress” after her husband divorced her has been ordered to “move on” by an Appeal Court judge.

Full story: Evening Standard

Voice of the Child conference

Family Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage today addressed the third annual Family Justice and Young People’s Board Voice of the Child conference.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

MoJ proposes new round of court fee rises

Fees for some courts could double under plans revealed by the Ministry of Justice today – the day after the House of Commons adjourned for the summer recess.

Full story: Law Society Gazette
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G (Child), Re [2015] EWCA Civ 834 (28 July 2015)

Appeal by mother against findings of fact in private law children proceedings. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

W (Adoption- Reunification), Re [2015] EWHC 2039 (Fam) (22 July 2015)

Adoption application following successful appeal by father against care and placement orders. Child to be reunited with her family.

Full report: Bailii

Ilott v Mitson & Ors [2015] EWCA Civ 797 (27 July 2015)

Appeal concerning the quantification of an award for maintenance pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Full report: Bailii

RS v Poland (Application No. 63777/09) (21 July 2015)

Abduction – Hague Convention proceedings in Poland – Return order refused – Whether there had been a breach of Art 8, European Convention.

Full report: Family Law

X, Y & Z (Children : care proceedings), Re [2014] EWHC 2642 (Fam) (20 June 2014)

Care proceedings concerning 3 children who originated from the Czech Republic.

Full report: Bailii
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Re H (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 583: Appealing decisions out of time and procedural rules for litigants in person

The recent case of Re H (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 583 highlighted some of the difficulties that can be encountered by parties acting in person in family proceedings, and the stark consequences that can flow from a simple failure to follow procedural rules.

Full article: No5 Chambers

Three Years On: Same Question, Different Answer? ‘Is There a Legal Right to Gay Marriage?’

Andrew Commins, barrister of St John's Chambers, considers the ECtHR judgment in Oliari v Italy and its wider implications.

Full article: Family Law Week

Best interests of the child overrides EU finance jurisdiction law

An Opinion of an Advocate General of the European Union Court of Justice seems to set out a potentially significant widening of jurisdiction in EU family law finance cases, and perhaps even divorce cases, based on the supremacy of the best interests of the child.

Full article: IFLG (PDF)
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Uncertainty in the application of pre-nuptial agreements

Hannah Mabbutt, solicitor in the family team at Kingsley Napley LLP, offers a comprehensive overview of WW v HW and explains that the case demonstrates a need for further clarity in pre-nuptial agreements.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Sibling rivalry

In Re P (A child) 2015, His Honour Judge Wood had to deal with an application for a Care Order for a girl who was sixteen years and four months old.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Private law, infinite appeals and IT naughtiness

The case of Re N (Children) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

High Court expresses doubt that the inherent jurisdiction covers the ‘name and shame’ CSE cases

London Borough of Redbridge v SNA 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Genuinely shocking

The Court of Appeal in Re A-S (children) 2015 had to deal with an appeal, the facts of which were genuinely shocking to me.

Full post: suesspiciousminds
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