Initiative promises legal advice for those without lawyers in courts

Ministry of Justice scheme will cover family law and civil cases, and aims to fill the gap left following cuts in legal aid.

Full story: The Guardian

Judge rules pregnant paranoid schizophrenic woman must undergo Caesarean section

A judge has ruled a pregnant woman who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia will undergo a Caesarean section.

Full story: The Independent

Government publishes response to consultation on looked-after children

The government has published its response to the Consultation on Looked-after Children: Improving Permanence, which took place from 30 September 2013 to 29 November 2013.

Full story: Family Law

Breaking the cycle of repeat care proceedings

£3m has been set aside by the Government to fund projects aimed at breaking the cycle of births and repeat care proceedings.

Full story: Family Law

Parental involvement must be about what is best for the child, not what parents see as their ‘rights', says Resolution

Resolution today welcomed the launch of the new parental involvement clause of the Children and Families Act 2014, but said professionals and the public needed to be clear about what this means in practice.

Full story: Resolution

A wider definition of domestic abuse will help social workers safeguard more adult victims

Social work organisations respond to a Home Office consultation on strengthening the law around domestic abuse.

Full story: Community Care

Female genital mutilation: proposal to introduce a civil protection order

Following the consultation ‘Female genital mutilation: proposal to introduce a civil protection order’ launched by the Prime Minister at the Girl Summit on 22 July 2014, the government is taking forward provisions in the Serious Crime Bill to implement this proposal.

Full story: Family Law

Marriage is no better than cohabiting and legal rights should be abolished, says judge

Sir Nicholas Mostyn said that there was no difference between the relationships of married and unmarried couples, and condemned the divorce system that gives special protection to wives.

Full story: Daily Mail
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C County Council v EH & Ors [2014] EWFC B139 (Fam) (13 October 2014)

Final hearing in care proceedings in respect of two children.

Full report: Bailii

HCC v K and G (fact finding) [2014] EWFC B138 (22 October 2014)

Care proceedings. Fact-finding hearing to establish whether concerns raised in respect of the maternal grandmother were valid.

Full report: Bailii

G (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1365 (22 October 2014)

Application by mother for permission to appeal out of time against care and placement orders and to admit fresh evidence. Permission refused.

Full report: Bailii

E (A Child) [2014] EWFC B136 (23 May 2014)

Judgment concerning, inter alia, arrangements for the parties' nine year old daughter.

Full report: Bailii

FP (A Child : Care and Placement Order) [2014] EWFC B137 (28 March 2014)

Care and placement proceedings in respect of a nine month olfd child.

Full report: Bailii
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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

Speech to Jordan’s Family Law Conference by The Hon. Mr Justice Mostyn

The Hon. Mr Justice Mostyn gave a speech to Jordan’s Family Law Conference on 8 October 2014.

Full speech: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

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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CC (Adoption application : separated applicants) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Nothing else will do? A head-scratcher

The Court of Appeal’s decision in Re W (Children) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Turning the pole vault into a limbo contest – watch Hayden J reset the bar

In which I applaud Hayden J for sticking both his neck out, and his finger in the dyke. Re DM 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Forget Convention rights in private children proceedings: Ryder LJ

In Re Y (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 1287 Ryder LJ (with whom Longmore and Patten LJJ agreed) rejected an appeal by a father who sought to relocate to the Missouri with his second wife (S), whose family were there.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Re X (2): further amplification of judicial deprivation of liberty process

On 16th October 2014 Sir James Munby P handed down his second judgment in Re X and others (Deprivation of Liberty) [2014] EWCOP 37.

Full post: Court of Protection Handbook
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Alere Toxicology provides hair testing for drug and alcohol abuse



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