Government ‘washing its hands’ of legal aid problem for vulnerable parents

Senior judge calls on justice secretary Chris Grayling to attend hearing to answer how justice can be delivered.

Full story: The Guardian

First ever ‘families test’ for government published

All new laws or government policies will face a new ‘families test’ to make sure they support strong and stable families.

Full story: Family Law

Children's social work to have new set of standards

The government has announced changes to children's social work in England, to restore confidence in the service.

Full story: BBC News

Judge defends media blackout over death of Poppi Worthington

Secrecy over 13-month-old’s death in 2012 to protect siblings and avoid prejudicing possible future trial, says high court judge.

Full story: The Guardian

Referrals to children’s social care up by 10%

The Department for Education has published information as to the characteristics of children referred to and assessed by children's social services as children in need between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014.

Full story: Family Law Week

Care leaver strategy: 1 year on

A new report documents the progress that has been made 1 year since the Care Leaver Strategy was launched and sets out how the Government intends to further improve support for care leavers.

Full story: Family Law

Troubled Families programme turning 117,000 lives around

Eric Pickles has welcomed the latest success of the Troubled Families programme, a crucial part of the government’s long-term economic plan to the turn the country around and help bring security and opportunity to families and communities.

Full story: Family Law

Tiger charity director 'fabricated' divorce claims against husband, judge rules

A conservationist who falsely claimed her millionaire husband used donations to a tiger charity to fund their lavish lifestyle was “blinded by her desire for revenge”, a divorce judge has ruled.

Full story: The Telegraph
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London Borough of Lambeth v JO & Ors [2014] EWHC 3597 (Fam) (31 October 2014)

Care proceedings concerning 4 children, the youngest 2 of whom have a Nigerian mother. Judgment concerning issue of jurisdiction in respect of those 2 children.

Full report: Bailii

A City Council v M & Ors [2014] EWHC 3601 (Fam) (03 July 2014)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings, in which the mother was guilty of infanticide.

Full report: Bailii

V (Children - Identification of Perpetrator) [2014] EWFC B145 (28 October 2014)

Care proceedings. Fact-finding hearing to determine which, if any, of the injuries suffered by one child were non-accidental.

Full report: Bailii

H (A Child) [2014] EWHC 1254 (Fam) (07 April 2014)

Fact finding hearing relating to a child whose mother is maintaining that he and she have been stranded in Pakistan without their passports and that the father took their passports and retained them.

Full report: Bailii

D (A Child) [2014] EWFC 39 (31 October 2014)

Application for placement order following care order under which the child was living at home with his parents. Judgment dealing with issue of legal funding for parents.

Full report: Bailii
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Family Drug and Alcohol Court: A Practitioners’ and Judge’s Perspectives

Sarah Jennings & Esther Lieu, 3PB, with District Judge Julie Exton look at the Family Drug and Alcohol Court.

Full article: Family Law Week

Enforcement Remedies: A Practical Guide

This article is designed to provide a practitioner’s guide to the principal types of enforcement mechanisms available for financial remedy orders, incorporating a succinct summary of recent authorities.

Full article: No5 Chambers

Regulation of surrogacy

Recent cases prove that universal laws are needed to provide clarity and help secure the welfare of surrogate babies.

Full article: Law Society Gazette
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Why family law gets privacy wrong – response to ‘transparency’ consultation

This is not a blog, but merely a means of publicising my response to the ‘transparency’ consultation.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Human rights claim – £12,000

Re H (A child) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

The curious incident of Article 8 in the Night time

Re A (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1104. McFarlane LJ considered an appeal from the decision of a Circuit Judge from a long running and acrimonious private law dispute, which had left the Circuit Judge extremely despondent about the failings of the family law system.

Full post: Pink Tape

“Understanding Re Y and pondering horizontality” or “Why I need a lie down”

In the time it has taken me to chew the fat and mouth off extensively on twitter about Re Y [2014] EWCA Civ 1287 everyone else has actually written their blog posts on the topic. And very good they are too.

Full post: Pink Tape

Nothing else will do – Court of Appeal clarification

Re M-H (A child) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds
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Alere Toxicology provides hair testing for drug and alcohol abuse



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