Government publishes landmark domestic abuse bill

The government has unveiled the most comprehensive package ever to tackle domestic abuse.

Full story: Home Office and Ministry of Justice

Domestic abuse consultation response and draft bill

Government response to the domestic abuse consultation and draft Domestic Abuse Bill.

Full story: Home Office and Ministry of Justice

Mother has four-year-old son taken from her after failing drug test taken from strand of hair

Child put up for adoption as 'heartbroken' mother insists she does not use drugs anymore.

Full story: The Independent

Bill bans ‘abhorrent’ quizzing of domestic abuse victims in court

Landmark draft legislation also includes measures to raise awareness and support survivors.

Full story: The Observer

Civil Partnerships Bill proceeds to committee in House of Lords

Amendments to be laid before the House in committee.

Full story: Family Law Week

Private law cases received by Cafcass in December 2018 13 per cent up on a year ago

Cafcass received 3,105 new private law cases during December 2018. This is 13.1 per cent (360 cases) higher than December 2017 and the second highest December on record.

Full story: Family Law Week

Monthly care applications reach three-year low

The number of monthly children's care applications made by councils to family courts has dipped below the 1,000 mark for the first time in more than three years.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Woman ordered not to contact son is spared jail for attending parents' evening

London woman, who cannot be identified, tells family court there was exemption in order allowing her to attend.

Full story: The Guardian
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Northamptonshire County Council v M & N [2018] EWFC 82 (02 February 2018)

Care proceedings in relation to a two year old boy, in which the local authority alleged that the mother had fabricated and exaggerated medical symptoms in him throughout the whole of his life.
Special guardianship order in favour of his maternal grandparents.

Full report: Bailii

The Royal Borough of Greenwich v A & Ors (Adoption: Special Guardianship) [2018] EWFC 87 (17 August 2018)

Hearing of a number of applications relating to two children, including for their adoption and for an SGO in favour of their maternal aunt.

Full report: Bailii

A (Foreign Adoption Recognition) [2018] EWHC 3468 (Fam) (05 November 2018)

Application for recognition of an adoption order made in the Philippines in 2006 relating to young person aged 18 years.

Full report: Bailii

B (Adoption: Surrogacy and Parental Responsibility) [2018] EWFC 86 (21 Novenber 2018)

Adoption application in relation to child who was born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement entered into in the Ukraine.

Full report: Bailii

A Local Authority v X and Y (Adoption) [2018] EWFC 55 (26 June 2018)

Application for an adoption order relating to a young person who was eighteen years old.

Full report: Bailii
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International Forum on Online Courts London, December 2018: an international family lawyer’s perspective

Professor David Hodson OBE MICArb, Partner, The International Family Law Group, provides a family lawyer’s perspective of the matters arising at the inaugural International Forum on Online Courts.

Full article: Family Law Week

Remedial order permitting single applicants to apply for parental orders now in force

Olivia Stiles looks at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order 2018, which came into force on 3 January and permits single applicants to apply for Parental Orders in respect of their biological children born through surrogacy.

Full article: Family Law

The Thwaite Jurisdiction – No Longer the Last Reserve of the Desperate?

Joseph Rainer, barrister, Queen Elizabeth Building examines the use of the Thwaite jurisdiction in relation to the court’s power to revisit financial remedy orders by analysing the relevant case law and using some fictitious practical case studies.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Human Rights Act 1998 and family law in 2019

Recent press comment has gone back to concerns about the Tories getting rid of Human Rights Act 1998. What does this mean, in the context (mostly) of family law?

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Video hearings and family courts

A number of strands of family law and modern court practice coalesce in the civil proceedings default judgment video-link set aside scheme.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

An interesting judgment about reporting restrictions

This post is about a case called : A and B (Children) [2018] EWHC 3491 (Fam) (20 December 2018).

Full post: The Transparency Project

Hi Sky, Corrected your misleading headline, love TP xxx

Thanks to Emily Ward for alerting us to this gem of a headline from Sky News : Man loses court fight over wife’s ‘flirtatious’ kisses on text messages.

Full post: The Transparency Project

International Online Courts Forum: what we learned

We joined more than 300 government, legal and IT professionals from around the world of delegates at last month’s first International Online Courts Forum.

Full post: The Transparency Project
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