‘Shocking’ toll of women killed by men renews call for safe spaces

Women’s Aid census shows nine out of 10 victims were murdered by someone they knew.

Full story: The Observer

Law Soc publishes behavioural research of consumers choosing divorce services

Price comparison particularly difficult in respect of family law disputes.

Full story: Family Law Week

14,000 new cases of FGM in two years highlights scale of the challenge: LGA

20 cases recorded in last quarter where the procedure was undertaken in the UK.

Full story: Family Law Week

Select Committee examines proposed HFEA order to remedy discrimination against single parents

Call for submissions on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial Order) 2018.

Full story: Family Law Week

Concern over adopter numbers as figures show ‘no continued decline’ in adoptions

Adoption decisions and placement orders have stabilised since landmark court judgements caused a slump, the Adoption Leadership Board has said.

Full story: Community Care

Financial Remedies Courts should lead to ‘greater predictability’

Legal experts believe new Financial Remedies Courts should provide claimants and respondents with greater predictability, when resolving financial claims on relationship breakdown.

Full story: Family Law

Justice minister pours cold water on growing calls to fund early legal advice

The government yesterday damped down hopes that it would consider funding greater access to early legal advice.

Full story: Legal Futures

MoJ scraps legal aid restrictions for victims of domestic violence

New rules removing time limit and allowing admission of fresh categories of evidence will come into force in January.

Full story: The Guardian
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M (A Child; Welfare Hearing) [2017] EWFC B89 (24 November 2017)

Care proceedings concerning 18 month old girl. Welfare hearing following finding that her father had caused her to suffer an acute life-threatening episode which necessitated her urgent admission to hospital.

Full report: Bailii

S v S [2017] EWHC 3184 (Fam) (12 July 2017)

Judgment in proceedings arising from the mother's removal of the child from Iran.

Full report: Bailii

AB v CD (Jurisdiction Global Maintenance Orders) [2017] EWHC 3164 (Fam) (06 December 2017)

Appeal by husband against financial remedies order considering, inter alia, whether the court had jurisdiction to make a global maintenance order for the benefit of the wife and the children.

Full report: Bailii

HRS Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume Prince of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau and Prince of Bourbon-Parma v HRH Tessy Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma & Anor [2017] EWHC 3095 (Fam) (05 December 2017)

Application to vary reporting restriction order in ongoing financial remedy proceedings.

Full report: Bailii

A Local Authority v M, F, & A [2017 EWFC B88 (11 October 2017)

Care proceedings in relation to a seven year old child whose mother suffers from mental health difficulties which, it is said, prevent her from providing safe, secure and consistent parenting.

Full report: Bailii
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Re M (A Child) (2017) Court of Appeal (Civil Division)

The Court of Appeal decision in Re M (A Child) (2017) has confirmed that for the purpose of conducting an assessment under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 s.42(7), a local authority are not confined to the period after the adoption application has been made; it can include periods before the application.

Full article: Park Square Barristers

International cohabitation: mi casa, tu casa?

As the law in England and Wales, and many other countries, does not bestow the same rights upon cohabitees as it does married couples, cohabiting couples are left at risk should their relationship come to an end.

Full article: Family Law

Adoption and fostering are not the only options. It’s time to invest in kinship care

It’s a struggle to get vulnerable children adopted. Their relatives should be offered funding and practical help if they can provide homes.

Full article: The Guardian
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A new financial court for the super wealthy?

The Times and The Telegraph are reporting that new courts are being established to deal with the financial side of divorces for the wealthy.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Privacy versus accountability in the Family Courts

On 5th December 2017 The Transparency Project hosted a debate about privacy and accountability in the family courts, in order to mark the launch of our Guidance Note : Publication of Family Court Judgments.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Family law: capacity to consent

This article looks at two aspects of consent and its fundamental component: understanding. First, does the mental capacity of the person consenting make any difference to consent; and how in outline can this be assessed? Secondly, is the answer any different if the person whose consent is sought is a child under 16?

Full post: ICLR Blog

Special measures in family proceedings: Part 2

Children and vulnerable witnesses: YJCEA 1999 Pt and ABE guidance.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Best evidence of vulnerable witnesses: Part 1

Intimidated witnesses in family proceedings.

Full post: dbfamilylaw
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