Family court statistics quarterly

A collection giving National Statistics on activity in the family courts of England and Wales.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Sixty four per cent of separated parents now choosing to work together

More than 6 out of 10 separated parents using the new Child Maintenance Service are now choosing to make their own financial arrangements.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Judge uses Shakespeare's 'King Lear' to decide divorce settlement figure

A High Court judge who was attempting to decide the settlement figure in a divorce case admitted he turned to the works of William Shakespeare for help.

Full story: The Independent

Family court transparency ‘will result in death’ – commissioner

A senior government adviser has warned that children will be at greater risk of suicide if family court proceedings are opened up to greater publicity.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Fall in parents applying for child maintenance help continues as charges bite

New government figures indicate thousands more parents are being deterred from seeking help from the new Child Maintenance Service after fees were brought in this summer, warns Gingerbread.

Full story: Gingerbread

Failures by social services led to death of baby

Review finds Child A died after being left in care of mother who was known to have taken heroin throughout pregnancy.

Full story: The Guardian

Social workers must not ‘shy away’ from adoption – top family judge

Sir James Munby seeks to head off collapse in adoption placements warning that children could be put at risk by new obsession with keeping them with relatives ‘at all costs’.

Full story: The Telegraph

New divorce service will ‘spark a sea-change’ in how separation is handled

HJA's fixed-fee offering said to appeal to middle-income families hoping to avoid the 'appalling profligacy' of legal expenditure.

Full story: Solicitors Journal
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CC, DD, EE and FF (Children) [2014] EWFC B170 (3 December 2014)

Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings concerning four children.

Full report: Bailii

T (A Child) [2014] EWFC B169 (12 December 2014)

Application for committal of mother for contempt for failing to comply with an order requiring her to attend a hearing in connection with the father's contact application.

Full report: Bailii

SS v NS (Spousal Maintenance) [2014] EWHC 4183 (Fam) (10 December 2014)

Judgment on wife's application for ancillary relief, including her claim for maintenance.

Full report: Bailii

SR v RS [2014] EWHC 4305 (Fam) (19 November 2014)

Application by husband for permission to appeal an order dismissing his application for financial provision. Permission refused.

Full report: Bailii

SJ v RA [2014] EWHC 4054 (Fam) (04 December 2014)

Final hearing of an application for financial remedies in which it was claimed that the husband held shares in a family company on trust for the son.

Full report: Bailii
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View from the Foot of the Tower: Two steps forward, two steps back

Following the recent batch of Court of Appeal authorities, which may or may not have coincidentally been timed with the decline in adoption statistics, the Court of Appeal have given a heavyweight judgment in Re R (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1625.

Full article: Family Law

Gudanaviciene: legal aid guidance not compatible with a right to a fair trial

R (ota Gudanaviciene & Ors) v The Director of Legal Aid Casework & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 1622 affects all applicants for legal aid for any form of civil proceedings, with family proceedings very much included.

Full article: Family Law

Care and placement orders – clarification following Re B-S

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has today handed down judgment in Re R (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1625 in which he has taken the opportunity to address what he refers to as the ‘widespread uncertainty, misunderstanding and confusion’ which has arisen since the decisions in Re B and Re B-S .

Full article: Family Law
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Clear now?

The Telegraph this morning runs a “Top Family Judge” story :”Social workers must not ‘shy away’ from adoption – top family judge.

Full post: Pink Tape

Child Sexual Exploitation (Birmingham injunction case)

Birmingham City Council v Riaz and Others 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Stellar contributions in divorce settlements – time for a rethink?

Marilyn Stowe considers the Hohn case and asks whether the 'stellar contribution' principle is outmoded.

Full post:  Marilyn Stowe Blog

Options for funding family proceedings

Buttressing the right to a fair trial.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Family Law Reform: The role of arbitration

Adversarial family court process is bad: why?

Full post: dbfamilylaw
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