Rise in knives and blades found at London family courts

Thousands of knives and sharp objects are being confiscated annually at London family courts, with campaigners saying it showed how "desensitised" some people were to carrying weapons.

Full story: BBC News

Children’s services’ ‘fundamental lack of understanding’ of domestic abuse risks slammed by case review

Social workers involved with Gloucestershire couple where man later killed baby failed to explore criminal history or injuries to mother.

Full story: Community Care

Assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases

A public call for evidence on how the family courts protect children and parents in private law children cases concerning domestic abuse and other serious offences.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Domestic abuse survivors invited to shape future of family court

Survivors of domestic abuse and other harmful conduct are being invited to share their experiences of how well the family courts protects them and their children in private family law proceedings.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Judge highlights ‘serious procedural problem’ in efforts to prevent forced marriage

A High Court judge says guidance may be needed to solve a “serious procedural problem” related to efforts to prevent forced marriage.

Full story: Care Appointments

Woman wins right to late partner's military pension in landmark ruling

A woman has won the right to her late partner's military pension in a landmark ruling for unmarried couples.

Full story: BBC News

Judge decides woman has mental capacity to consent to sex with husband of 25 years

A judge has decided against ruling that a woman with learning difficulties is no longer able to consent to making love with her husband of more than 25 years.

Full story: Care Appointments

Domestic abuse report exposes hidden side of rural life

A "deeply hidden and disturbing side to rural life" has been laid bare by an 18-month inquiry into domestic abuse in the English countryside.

Full story: BBC News
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Imperial College Healthcare An NHS Trust v MB & Ors [2019] EWCOP 29 (08 May 2019)

Application by NHS Trust relating to the treatment of a 24 year old man suffering from dyskonetic tetraplegic cerebral palsy.

Full report: Bailii

Birmingham City Council v SR [2019] EWCOP 28 (17 July 2019)

Hearing of two applications under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 for authorisations relating to the Respondents' care plans involving, inter alia, deprivation of liberty.

Full report: Bailii

Timokhina v Timokhin [2019] EWCA Civ 1284 (18 July 2019)

Appeal by mother against costs order made in child arrangements proceedings.

Full report: Bailii

Worcestershire County Council v AA [2019] EWHC 1855 (Fam) (15 July 2019)

Care proceedings concerning 13 year old child who had spent nearly 8 years of his life living in foster care pursuant to s.20.

Full report: Family Law Week

AB v CD [2019] EWHC 1695 (Fam) (02 July 2019)

Judgment concerning, inter alia, issue of whether child should be told that mother's husband is not his father, and the identity of his father.

Full report: Bailii
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Special Guardianship Orders and Overseas Placements

Maria Wright, PhD Candidate at the University of Bristol, and solicitor, highlights some of the challenges associated with placing children under SGOs overseas and asks whether such placements warrant a distinct form of legal framework tailored to meet their specific needs.

Full article: Family Law Week

Costs Orders and Experts

Nisha Bambhra, barrister at Garden Court Chambers, considers the implications for expert witnesses who fail to comply with court orders.

Full article: Family Law Week

Regretful spending decisions: millionaire divorcee to serve as a lesson?

While family lawyers now frequently deal with cases arising on the separation of unmarried families, the jurisdictional basis for such proceedings falls to be considered less often and arises in a legal framework which may be unfamiliar to family lawyers. The recent decision in Gray v Hurley provides assistance on some of the issues which may arise in such cases.

Full article: Family Law
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Nothing else will do…?

Earlier this week, a judgment was published on Bailii by His Honour Judge Greensmith sitting at the family court in Liverpool. In my view, this judgment is a compelling read and beautifully demonstrates the law in action.

Full post: The Transparency Project

How does the family court treat domestic abuse?: A snapshot (continued)

This blog post considers the case of O and Y (Children: Care Order) [2019] EWFC B22 (24 May 2019).

Full post: The Transparency Project

The President’s Expert Witness Working Group Symposium: in which lawyers (for once) were not the loudest voices in the room

A collective of medical and legal professionals descended on the Royal Courts of Justice on 4th July 2019 to discuss the current shortage of medical experts in the family courts.

Full post: The Transparency Project

A view from the front row – a barrister’s perspective of the family court’s mishandling of children cases involving domestic abuse

This is a guest post from Dr Charlotte Proudman. Charlotte is a family law barrister at Goldsmith Chambers specialising in violence against women and girls.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Children Cases in the Family Court – Interim Proposals for Reform (Private Law)

Following on from our post summarising the key recommendations from Mr Justice Keehan’s Public Law Working Group which can be found here, we now turn our attention to the issue of private law.

Full post: The Transparency Project
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