Tandem model of child representation in pubic law proceedings is working well, finds study

Guidance as to the respective roles of solicitor and guardian may be beneficial.

Full story: Family Law Week

Family Justice Research Bulletin 7

A summary of the findings of recent research relevant to family justice.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

End the Blame Game, say family lawyers as landmark divorce case heads to Supreme Court

Senior family lawyers will gather outside Parliament today to call on Government to reform outdated divorce laws and remove the need for blame from the process.

Full story: Resolution

LGO urges councils to support special guardians as 70% of complaints upheld

Seven out of ten complaints received about the problems faced by special guardians are upheld, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has revealed.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

President of the Family Division agrees protocol on communicating with UK Visas and Immigration in Family Proceedings

Protocol agreed between the President of the Family Division and the Home Office issued on 16 May 2018.

Full story: Family Law

Care improves life for two thirds of children, study finds

Being taken into care improves the life chances of more than two thirds of children, a study has found.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics: March 2018

Quarterly statistics on the progress of the Child Support Agency (CSA) child support schemes up to March 2018.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Practice Guidance: Standard financial and enforcement orders (addendum no 2)

On 30 November 2017 I issued ‘Practice Guidance: Standard financial and enforcement orders’. Since then I have received a handful of representations about some of the paragraphs in these orders. In the light of them I have decided to issue the following amendments.

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LKH v TQA AL Z (Interim maintenance and costs funding) [2018] EWHC 1214 (Fam) (19 April 2018)

Application by a wife and mother for interim periodical payments in the context of proceedings under Part III of the 1984 Act after a foreign divorce.

Full report: Bailii

R (A Child), Re [2018] EWFC 28 (09 February 2018)

Care proceedings concerning eleven year old child who suffers from a number of profound disabilities.

Full report: Bailii

Ford v Halil & Anor [2018] EWHC 1213 (Fam) (09 May 2018)

Preliminary hearing in case in which the mother allegedly abducted the children to Alaska in October 2015, but has recently been extradited to this country, the children remaining with their stepfather in Alaska.

Full report: Bailii

Villiers v Villiers [2018] EWCA Civ 1120 (17 May 2018)

Appeal by husband against order made on wife's s27 MCA 1973 application, considering issue of whether England or Scotland has jurisdiction.

Full report: Bailii

PW v Chelsea And Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust& Ors (Rev 1) [2018] EWCA Civ 1067 (11 May 2018)

Application for permission to appeal against decision that it was not in the best interests of a 77-year-old man with end stage dementia to be discharged home with a nasogastric tube inserted for feeding purposes. Application refused.

Full report: Bailii
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UK/EU Family law after Brexit: a speech to the European Parliament

Speech given by Prof David Hodson OBE MICArb to the European Parliament on 16 May 2018.

Full article: Family Law

Openness and Privacy in Family Proceedings

Sir Nicholas Wall Memorial Lecture 2018, Gray’s Inn, London - Lady Hale, President of The Supreme Court.

Full speech: Supreme Court

Daedalus, Ariadne and the Minotaur: Where are we now?

Alex Laing of Coram Chambers re-visits the use of the inherent jurisdiction to deprive children of their liberty in the light of recent judgments.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Transparency – why it matters, what it means

This is the text of a speech delivered by Chair of The Transparency Project, Lucy Reed at the Bloomsbury Family Law Conference on 16 May 2018, at Gray’s Inn.

Full post: The Transparency Project

The Abuse of Alfie’s Rights: A Gilded Death is Still a Death

Alfie’s life, his legal battles, and his death, have polarised opinion.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Alfie Evans, best interests, and parental rights

By now, we all know the terrible story of Alfie Evans, who spent 16 months of his two years of life in hospital as his brain turned to water and cerebral spinal fluid and who died following the removal of life sustaining ventilation.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Application to not disclose a CAFCASS report

G v G and Another 2018.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Invasive naso-gastric feeding not in the best interests of dementia patient

The Court of Appeal has refused to interfere with the Court of Protection’s decision that it was not in the best interests of a 77-year-old man with end stage dementia to be discharged home with a nasogastric tube inserted for feeding purposes.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog
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