National Family Mediation responds in full to Government Task Force recommendations

End ‘archaic’ court language and be wary of new website spend, urges NFM.

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England faces great adult social care squeeze

Public Accounts Committee publishes report into Adult social care in England.

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Care applications in June 2014

In June 2014, Cafcass received a total of 866 applications. This figure represents a 2% increase compared to those received in June 2013.

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Cafcass private law demand

In June 2014, Cafcass received a total of 2,651 new private law cases. This is a 37% decrease on June 2013 levels.

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Aid cuts leave thousands in hands of amateur lawyers, MPs told

MPs voiced concern over the ‘cult of the amateur’ lawyer as they heard that thousands of vulnerable people are falling through the net of legal aid funding following cuts.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

‘Nowhere to turn’- Citizens Advice speaks out on impact of legal aid cuts

Nine out of ten Citizens Advice Bureaux (92%) are finding it difficult to refer people to the specialist legal advice they need since cuts to legal aid came into effect last year, the charity has found.

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Judge allows police to break down woman’s door for enforced caesarean

A judge has allowed police break down the door of a pregnant woman and take her for an enforced caesarian under sedation because she could die in childbirth but refuses to go to hospital.

Full story: The Telegraph

Cohabiting couples should be wary of government advice about asset separation, says LSE professor

Academic criticises not-for-profit website for exaggerating adverse legal position of non-married couples and damaging relationships.

Full story: Solicitors Journal
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Abuchian v Khojah [2014] EWHC 2080 (Fam) (13 May 2014)

Application by the wife to preserve her occupation in one of the family homes whilst divorce proceedings were being investigated. Injunction on the husband not to sell the property or evict the wife was extended for 6 months.

Full report: Family Law Hub

C v B [2014] EWHC 2069 (Fam) (15 May 2014)

Application by mother for the summary return of two children to Germany.

Full report: Bailii

BE v DE [2014] EWHC 2318 (Fam) (24 June 2014)

Application by husband for an order requiring the wife to redact a statement in which she refers to an occasion which the husband maintains was a without prejudice meeting. Application dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

ZM v AM [2014] EWHC 2110 (Fam) (26 June 2014)

Wardship proceedings issued by a mother stranded in Pakistan whose immigration status does not allow her to enter the UK.

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T (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 929 (4 June 2014)

Appeal by parents against placement order in respect of 18 month old child. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Family Law Week
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Finance and Divorce July 2014 Update

Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor at Mills & Reeve LLP, reviews the latest developments and judgments relating to marriage, divorce and financial remedies.

Full article: Family Law Week

View from the Foot of the Tower: The Cobra Effect

Andrew Pack reflects upon the first year of LASPO.

Full article: Family Law

Deprivation of liberty – some fog clears about children’s homes

In a judgment that assists in resolving one issue that has been exercising practitioners since the judgment in Cheshire West, Holman J has confirmed that the Court of Protection has the power to make an order which authorises that a person who is not a child may be deprived of his liberty in premises which are a children’s home.

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What counts is the judgement

Re A (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 871 concerned long fought proceedings between parents where, at an interim stage in proceedings, the father had asked HHJ Horowitz to alter what he had said in a 2011 judgement which he had not appealled against, and where his request for an alteration under the ‘slip rule’ had been made over two years after the judgement.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Family comes first (even if they’re in Poland)

An examination of P (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 888.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Jude the Apostle versus Sybil Fawlty

The Court of Appeal decision in Re T (a child) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Child Arrangements Orders

If what was originally applied for was a contact order and residence has never been the issue before the court is it correct/possible to have the line that says who the children live with to be left blank, or are all CAOs now going to effectively be residence orders by the back door?

Full post: Pink Tape

Instant injustice

We need more than fine words and ‘fine-tuning’ for family law reform, says Marilyn Stowe.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog
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