Family courts unfair for litigants in person, MPs told

Litigants in person are not getting fair hearings, the Common’s Justice Committee heard this morning.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Resolution gives evidence to Justice Select Committee on the need to reform family legal aid

Resolution member David Emmerson today told the Justice Select Committee that the family legal aid cuts are leading to a failure of justice for many people, particularly those forced to represent themselves in the family courts.

Full story: Resolution

Legal aid cut for family courts 'damaging' for children

Children are being damaged by the rising number of estranged couples representing themselves in family court battles, a former judge has claimed.

Full story: BBC News

Woman fooled into believing she had given birth allowed to keep child

British couple allowed to keep girl, 2, after judge rules that they were innocent dupes and believed she was their daughter.

Full story: The Telegraph

Majority of family courts miss 26-week target

More than two-thirds of court areas in England have failed to meet a target for care proceedings to be completed within six months.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Guidance on court-authorised interventions during childbirth

Mr Justice Keehan has handed down judgment in An NHS Trust and Anor v FG (By Her Litigation Friend, the Official Solicitor).

Full story: Family Law

Legal Aid Agency announces family mediation tender

The Legal Aid Agency has published information for legal aid providers interested in applying to deliver family mediation from February 2015.

Full story: Family Law

Child Support Agency sees live caseload gradually decreasing

Percentage of parents contributing to current maintenance continues to rise.

Full story: Family Law Week
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K (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 1195 (02 September 2014)

Appeal against order removing children from mother and placing one with foster carers and the other with the father.

Full report: Bailii

H v W (Costs) [2014] EWHC 2846 (Fam) (15 August 2014)

Application made by the Appellant H that an order for costs to be made against the Respondent W following the husband’s successful appeal against an order made in financial remedy proceedings.

Full report: Family Law

IMA (Care Proceedings: No Threshold) [2014] EWFC B110 (13 August 2014)

Care proceedings in respect of eleven month old child. Threshold not met.

Full report: Bailii

JJD (Care & Placement Orders) [2014] EWFC B109 (22 July 2014)

Application for care and placement orders in respect of five month old child.

Full report: Bailii

A (A Child - Care Proceedings: Local Authority Practice) [2013] EWHC B45 (Fam) (05 December 2013)

Care proceedings relating to 4 children including discussion of local authority practice.

Full report: Bailii
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The President’s judgment in Q v Q, Re B (A Child) and Re C (A Child) [2014] EWFC 31 – thinking through the implications

Notwithstanding the scrutiny by Parliament of the provisions of LASPO 2012 (including s 10 – exceptional funding) there are private law cases of real difficulty and complexity that require legal expertise to navigate fairly and effectively.

Full article: Family Law

Early Neutral Evaluations in private law children disputes: the way forward?

This article looks at the use of Early Neutral Evaluations (ENEs) in private law children disputes following, what is understood to be, the first ENE in a children case on 11 July 2014.

Full article: Family Law

Compensation in Financial Remedies Cases – Parthian Shots and The Emperor’s New Clothes

Joshua Viney of 1 Hare Court and Matthew Brunsdon-Tully of 1 Hare Court and St John’s Chambers examine the issue of compensation in spousal maintenance claims.

Full article: Family Law Week
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What is wardship?

I suspect that there will be a few people, including some journalists, who want to understand what Wardship is today.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Child abuse: Inquiry and reform

Listening to children and other protected individuals: a family court response.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

State should pay for representation and witnesses in private child disputes

Q v Q ; Re B (a child) ; Re C (a child) [2014] EWFC 31 – 6 August 2014.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Parents deciding not to go ahead with cancer treatment

This piece is more about the general principle of whether a parent has the right to decide what is best for their child, or whether the doctors have the final say?

Full post: suesspiciousminds

'Transparency' made simple

‘Open justice’: the common law starting point.

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



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