New measures to end delay for children awaiting adoption

Next week’s Queen’s Speech to outline further improvements to the adoption system.

Full story: Department for Education

Indoctrinated son 'troubled’ by mother’s religion is put into care

It was feared that the seven-year-old boy's mother, a Jehovah’s Witness, was causing him emotional harm by 'immersing' him in her beliefs.

Full story: The Telegraph

Ex-bouncer McKenzie friend banned after calling lawyer a 'lying slag'

A former nightclub bouncer turned McKenzie friend who called an opponent a ‘fucking lying slag’ has been banned indefinitely from representing anyone in court.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Court of Appeal allows Lord Chancellor’s appeal against order that HMCTS should fund father’s legal fees

Association of Lawyers for Children and Coram Children’s Legal Centre intervene.

Full story: Family Law Week

The Association of Lawyers for Children and Coram Children’s Legal Centre intervene in Court of Appeal case of Re K-H (Children)

Judgment in the appeal case of Re K-H (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 543 has been handed down by the Court of Appeal.

Full story: Family Law

Alistair MacDonald QC appointed to the High Court bench

Alistair MacDonald QC has been appointed a Justice of the High Court with effect from 2 June 2015  and will be assigned to the Family Division.

Full story: Family Law Week

More babies with 'special guardianship orders' as adoptions fall

The number of babies being made subject to special guardianship orders in England has tripled in two years, according to data obtained by the BBC.

Full story: BBC News

Court approves caesarean for mentally-ill woman

Doctors can perform a caesarean section on a mentally-ill woman who is in the latter stages of pregnancy without her consent, a judge has ruled.

Full story: BBC News
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Baggaley, Re [2015] EWHC 1496 (Fam) (22 May 2015)

Application to set aside civil restraint orders, including order preventing applicant from acting as a McKenzie Friend in any family proceedings.

Full report: Bailii

G v G [2015] EWHC 1512 (Fam) (24 April 2015)

Applications in financial remedy proceedings relating to admissibility of evidence.

Full report: Bailii

X (A Child: Adoption No 2), Re [2014] EWHC 4813 (Fam) (06 November 2014)

Adoption application in respect of 17 year old step-child.

Full report: Bailii

Arbili v Arbili [2015] EWCA Civ 542 (22 May 2015)

Appeals in financial remedies proceedings, challenging division of assets and procedure on subsequent application to set aside. Appeals dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

K & H (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 543 (22 May 2015)

Appeal by Lord Chancellor against order requiring costs of representative for child to be borne by HMCTS. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii
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The UNCRC in the Supreme Court – the impact of SG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Deirdre Fotttrell QC of 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers considers the Supreme Court's latest deliberations on when and how the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are directly enforceable in English law.

Full article: Family Law Week

Just how significant are parental intentions in determining a child’s habitual residence?

Most international child lawyers may have thought that the concept of habitual residence had been determined by a trio of children cases heard by the UK Supreme Court during the last 2 years.

Full article: Family Law

Finance & Divorce Update May 2015

Claire Molyneux, senior solicitor, and Rebecca Lang, solicitor, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from April 2015.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Legal aid: Committal proceedings in the family courts

The two cases considered here say as much about the obscurity – even the injustice of that obscurity – of legal aid provision, as they do about grant of legal aid for committal applications in civil (including family) proceedings.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

No court funding of advocate to help the judge

Public funding of advocate to the court: not permitted in children proceedings.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Incapacity of the Monarch (but really about Lasting Power of Attorney)

Re XZ 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

An argument about publication of a judgment

Wigan Borough Council v Fisher and Others 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Proof of facts – High Court guidance on disputed injuries

BR (Proof of Facts) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds
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