France not recognising same-sex marriages converted from civil partnerships

Couples advised to divorce and re-marry.

Full story: Family Law Week

Police recorded domestic abuse continues to rise

4,246 offences of coercive control recorded in year ending March 2017.

Full story: Family Law Week

Council vicariously liable for abuse perpetrated by foster parents

Local authority has no non-delegable duty to ensure reasonable care of fostered children.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children in contact with the public law system more likely to offend than others

MoJ report focuses on those children named in a public law case.

Full story: Family Law Week

Family of woman brain-damaged after fall seek removal of her feeding tube

Twelve-year-old grandson tells court of protection of his grandmother’s previously independent spirit in legal wrangle over her care.

Full story: The Guardian

Family Drug and Alcohol Court and councils to receive £6m+ from social impact bond

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court and partner local authorities are to receive £6.2m over seven years through a social impact bond to support its work within the family court system, the Government has announced.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Divorces in England and Wales: 2016

Dissolutions and annulments of marriage, by previous marital status, sex and age of divorcees. Includes number of children and fact proven at divorce.

Full story: Office for National Statistics

Domestic violence victims still waiting for legal aid reform, says Labour

Shadow minister accuses government of dragging its feet on promise to make it easier for victims to access legal aid.

Full story: The Guardian
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Mazhar v The Lord Chancellor [2017] EWHC 2536 (Fam) (12 October

HRA claim in relation to an order authorising the removal of the claimant to a hospital for medical treatment.

Full report: Bailii

CL v AL [2017] EWHC 32 (Fam) (24 August 2017)

Further judgment in proceedings concerning whether two children should live with the father in this country or with the mother in Australia dealing, inter alia, with issue of fresh evidence.

Full report: Bailii

CL v AL [2017] EWHC 2154 (Fam) (11 August 2017)

Judgment concerning issue of whether two children should live with the father in this country or with the mother in Australia.

Full report: Bailii

B (A Child), Re [2017] EWCA Civ 1579 (18 October 2017)

Appeal by father against order allowing publication of judgment in relation to his contact application, in case where he had covertly recorded conversations he had had with a social worker, a Cafcass officer and a solicitor.

Full report: Bailii

Pickard & Anor v Constable [2017] EWHC 2475 (Ch) (06 October 2017)

Appeal by the trustee in bankruptcy against an order that the sale of the matrimonial home be delayed until the death or earlier permanent vacation of the property by the husband. The appeal was allowed and order for sale was made for 12 months time with permission for the husband to apply for a further postponement.

Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub
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Valuing pension rights on divorce

This article discusses valuation issues in order to provide a basis for a negotiated settlement which reflects the capital value in present-day terms of the pension rights of one or both parties and identifies areas in which solicitors may need help from forensic accountants.

Full article: Family Law

A Week in the Life – Cafcass Legal

Jeremy Ford, Solicitor, describes the many and varied roles carried out by the team of lawyers at Cafcass Legal.

Full article: Family Law Week

Known Sperm Donor and Co-parenting Arrangements – a cautionary tale

Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP, considers the legal issues for parties involved in such arrangements.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Forty tons of Toblerone

S v S (Relocation) 2017.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Magical sparkle powers – a sparkle too far?

Mahzar v Lord Chancellor 2017.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Nods and becks and wreathed smiles

Re P, Q, R, S,T and U 2017.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Knocking at the door to the family courts: two journalists’ experiences, two years apart

Last month, senior BuzzFeed reporter Emily Dugan spent three days at Birmingham’s central family and civil court, researching a fascinating and in-depth article that detailed the effects of legal aid cuts on people who can’t afford a lawyer and who therefore have to represent themselves.

Full post: The Transparency Project

But What About the Children? Hearing the Voice of Children and Young People in court proceedings

On Monday 9th March 2017 I attended the Nagalro Autumn Conference which examined how children’s voices are heard in court proceedings about them.

Full post: The Transparency Project
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