Judge criticises 'minimal investigation' into death of 13-month-old girl

Mr Justice Jackson found Poppi Worthington’s death was not properly investigated for nine months.

Full story: The Guardian

Father’s appeal allowed by Supreme Court in 1996 Hague Convention case

The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by a Moroccan father whose son was brought to the UK by his mother against the father's wishes.

Full story: Family Law Week

Resolution launches new advice for dealing with divorce and domestic abuse to mark White Ribbon Day

Today on White Ribbon Day, 25 November, Resolution releases its new guide for divorcing and separating parents in relationships where domestic abuse is, or has been, a feature.

Full story: Resolution

NACCC in urgent government funding plea

Government aid desperately sought to continue ensuring that children have safe contact.

Full story: Family Law

Views of children in care highlighted by Ofsted

For the first time ever, Ofsted has used the findings of its annual survey to highlight the views of children and young people in care homes and foster care placements.

Full story: Family Law

Judge names social workers and recommends disciplinary investigation

A social worker and her manager were found to have lied under oath and changed the report of another social worker.

Full story: Community Care

President's practice guidance on Arbitration in the Family Court

Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, has today (23 November 2015) issued practice guidance on Arbitration in the Family Court.

Full story: Family Law

CoA considers English court's jurisdiction under EU Maintenance Reg following previous proceedings in another EU member state

Thought to be first time court has considered spousal maintenance in such circumstances.

Full story: Family Law Week
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Walton v Allman [2015] EWHC 3325 (Ch) (18 November 2015)

Property – Beneficial interest – Charging order – Judgment debts – Whether a charging order could be made in respect of a beneficial interest that had not been quantified.

Full report: Family Law

Re P (Case C-455/15) PPU (Court of Justice of the European Union, 19 November 2015)

Jurisdiction – BIIR – Habitual residence – Recognition of foreign order.

Full report: Family Law

AG, Re [2015] EWCOP 78 (25 November 2015)

Appeal by mother of woman lacking capacity against order dealing with welfare arrangements for her.

Full report: Bailii

Cumbria County Council v M and F [2014] EWHC 4886 (Fam) (28 March 2014)

Judgment in care proceedings concerning the siblings of Poppi Worthington.

Full report: Bailii

WA (A Child) (Abduction) (Consent; Acquiescence; Grave Risk of Harm or Intolerability) [2015] EWHC 3410 (Fam) (10 November 2015)

Application by father for summary return of child. Return ordered.

Full report: Bailii
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If mediation's the answer to everything, what's the question?

This article was written in support of Resolution's fourth Family Dispute Resolution Week, running from 23-27 November 2015.

Full article: Family Law

Calderback to the future

Practitioners could be forgiven for believing that Calderbank offers (without prejudice offers that are only admissible in arguments as to costs at the conclusion of proceedings) are an extinct species.

Full article: Family Law

Immediate 9 month sentence for non-disclosure

Mostyn J has imposed an immediate 9-month custodial sentence, thought to be the longest immediate custody ever imposed for non-disclosure in the family courts on a husband who has systematically failed to comply with orders of the English court.

Full article: Family Law
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Leave or remain? What the EU referendum means for family lawyers (Pt 2)

Family analysis: In a conclusion to a two-part analysis, David Hodson OBE, partner and co-founder of The International Family Law Group LLP, sets out his views on the implications of a departure from the EU for family lawyers and their clients.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Leave or remain? What the EU referendum means for family lawyers (Pt 1)

Family analysis: A referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the EU is scheduled to take place by the end of 2017. In the first of a two-part analysis, David Hodson OBE, partner and co-founder of The International Family Law Group LLP, highlights the current impact of EU law on family lawyers and their clients.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Social workers slammed for lying on oath

A, B, C, D and E (Final Hearing) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Cracking a case at IRH without father present – robust case management or jumping the gun?

RE v North Yorkshire County Council and Others 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Best interests, hard choices: The Baby C case

Judgments in best interests cases involving children often make for heart-wrenching reading. And so it was in Bolton NHS Foundation Trust v C (by her Children’s Guardian)

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog
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