Information Commissioner finds against the MoJ

Ministry failed to respond to applicant's freedom of information request for family law data.

Full story: Family Law Week

Canada signs up to child protection & child support conventions

Now signatories to 1996 Child Protection and 2007 Child Support Conventions.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Parents of sick baby Charlie Gard set for Court of Appeal hearing over ruling to end life support

Nine-month-old Charlie has a genetic condition and is being treated at Great Ormond Street as the legal fight continues.

Full story: Sky News

Judge refuses to hear cases where alleged domestic abusers cross-examine complainants

Practice is ‘a stain on the reputation of our family justice system’, says Mr Justice Hayden.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

President calls for the de-linking of divorce and money claims

In his 17th View from the President's Chambers Sir James Munby  has called for a "complete de?linking – separation – of divorce and 'money', so that they are started and pursued by completely separate processes, albeit, of course, that the timeline for ancillary relief is determined by the progress of the divorce".

Full story: Family Law Week

Countries with reciprocal enforcement of maintenance orders

The Official Solicitor's office has published an updated list of countries where parents can apply to enforce or change a child maintenance decision made in UK courts.

Full story: Family Law Week

Privy Council to hand down judgment in beneficial ownership case

On 25 May 2017 the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council will hand down judgment in Marr v Collie, an appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Full story: Family Law Week

Norwich father urges judges to publish rulings on his decade-long family court battle which has cost him more than £500,000

A Norwich man has called on judges to reveal details of his decade-long family court battle with an ex-partner over access to their child.

Full story: Eastern Daily Press
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A.H. v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Child Support Agency) [2017] EWFC 9 (20 January 2017)

Appeal against a final Lump Sum Deduction order made against appellant by the respondent in respect of arrears which had accrued under a child support assessment in respect of his children.

Full report: Bailii

L v L (Child : Arrangements Following Treatment) [2017] EWHC 1212 (Fam) (19 May 2017)

Application by father for child arrangements order in respect of 14 year old child currently being held for treatment under s 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Full report: Bailii

H v K (Return Order) [2017] EWHC 1141 (Fam) (11 May 2017)

Application by father for summary return of children to Hawaii. Return ordered.

Full report: Bailii

A (A Minor : Fact Finding; Unrepresented Party) [2017] EWHC 1195 (Fam) (19 May 2017)

Proceedings concerning arrangements for a child brought by the mother to this country from Pakistan. Fact-finding hearing to consider mother's allegations against father.

Full report: Bailii

Assoun v Assoun [2017] EWCA Civ 370 (18 May 2017)

Application by wife for payment-out of £30,000 that was ordered to be paid into court by way of security for the wife's costs of husband's failed appeal against Hadkinson Order. Application allowed.

Full report: Bailii
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What do children lawyers need to know about the Court of Protection?

The article highlights the issues arising when a local authority in care proceedings seeks to deprive a child of liberty in a manner falling short of secure accommodation, and offers a road map to aid understanding of this complex area.

Full article: St John's Chambers

Could the UK’s largest divorce award have been bigger?

The case last week of AAZ v BBZ, C Ltd & P Ltd represents the largest award ever made by the divorce court (although it has approved larger settlements reached through agreement).

Full article: Family Law

Children caught in the middle: parental alienation and implacably hostile parents

The use of the term 'implacably hostile' when describing a parent is not a recent development in the family courts.

Full article: Family Law
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‘Father begs judges to reveal details of his decade-long family court battle with his ex over access to their child’

The Daily Mail today republished a story (under the headline above) about a man in Norwich, that appeared in the Eastern Daily Press yesterday.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Decision to place a child with prospective adopters is unlawful because unfair

R (On the Application Of EL) v Essex County Council [2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin) (08 May 2017) is a judicial review decision about a decision by a local authority to place a child for adoption, under a placement order granted by the Family Court.

Full post: The Transparency Project

A stain on the reputation of the family justice system

A (A Minor : Fact Finding; Unrepresented Party) [2017] EWHC 1195 (Fam) (19 May 2017).

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Separating the divorce from the money bit

There have been calls for some time for the divorce bit to be separated from the money bit. Last week the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby issued a further call for such separation – something he has been known to favour for some time.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Strasbourg grapples with international surrogacy and the concept of “family”

The Strasbourg Court ruled earlier this year that the prohibition on commercial surrogacy arrangements did not justify the Italian authorities’ actions in removing a 9 month old child from its non-biological parents and taking him into social care.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog
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