MOJ confirms closure of 86 courts

The government has today (11 February 2016) announced their intention to close 86 courts across England and Wales.

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1.9m people could have suffered domestic or family abuse last year

Figures released by the ONS in their bulletin: Violent crime and sexual offences in England and Wales: financial year ending 2015.

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Judge orders caesarean if needed for mentally ill mother-to-be

Court of Protection makes order while telling 21-year-old, who faces losing custody of newborn, that doctors will try to carry out natural delivery.

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Seven per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in January

Figures released by Cafcass show that, in January 2016, the number of private law cases received increased by 7% from January 2015 levels.

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Care applications received by Cafcass in January increase by 16%

Figures released by Cafcass show that the number of care applications received in January 2016 increased by 16% from those received in January 2015.

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One in ten Brits regret not signing a pre-nuptial agreement

One in ten married Brits wish they had insisted their partner sign a pre-nuptial agreement, according to a new survey.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Updated private law orders released

Following on from the draft private law orders published in late January, new versions have been circulated which have some minor changes and corrections and also include Welsh versions.

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Special guardianship regulations updated to strengthen assessments

New rules, which will come into force at the end of February, focus on guardian's relationship with child and their future needs.

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P (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 1428 (24 November 2015)

Mother's appeal against a child arrangements order limiting her contact with 18 month old child to indirect contact only. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Family Law Week

D (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 89 (11 February 2016)

Application by father for permission to appeal against order for supervised contact and s.91(14) order. Permission refused.

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U (a judgement) [2015] EWFC B208 (18 November 2015)

Care proceedings in relation to an eight year old child.

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W (a judgement) [2015] EWFC B207 (24 September 2015)

Care proceedings in respect of four children. Care orders made in relation to three of the children and a supervision order in relation to the fourth.

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NTS and Others v Georgia (Application No. 71776/12) (2 February 2016)

Private law children – Residence – Children moved to live with maternal family after mother died and father in poor mental health – Court ordered transfer of residence to father after his health improved – Representation of the children – Whether a return to the father was in the best interests of the children with regard to Art 8, European Convention.

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No fault divorce - family law in need of modernisation?

"There is ... a feeling that the winds are now changing, and progress may finally be made to bring about much-required modernisation of divorce law in England and Wales."

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Burns v Burns – elderly testators, mental impairment and the ‘golden rule’

What if an elderly client, whose state of mental health is uncertain, approaches you and asks you to prepare her will?

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A child's habitual residence: Where is it and when can it change?

Hetty Gleave considers recent guidance from the Supreme Court in Re: B, which offers a ray of hope for cases of parental child abduction.

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Payment of a contact supervisor – private law

This may crop up again in private law cases, and is important therefore for Judges, lawyers, parents and very importantly Independent Social Workers and contact supervisors to know about.

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Can you compel a child to give evidence?

The Court of Appeal in Re S (children) 2016 consider this point of law, and whilst they say that they are explicitly not ruling on it, they do give the answer.

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D (Children): Order for indefinite supervision of contact not wrong in principle

A summary of  D (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 89 (11 February 2016), a father's application for permission to appeal against an order for supervised contact and a s.91(14) order.

Full post: Family Lore

Diplomatic immunity & other ways to avoid family Court obligations

A trio of recently reported cases have shown the steps some will go to avoid their obligations to their spouse or former spouse, as determined by the English family court.

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GN v MA: imagination vs practice in child support

In GN v MA we see the most recent stage in a continuing application for child support under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

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