Extra Dols assessments and living wage will contribute to £10 billion of funding pressures on councils by 2020

The Local Government Association has warned that extra Dols assessments will cost £172 million a year.

Full story: Community Care

Divorce party hit for £334k costs after ‘blatant dishonesty’

A High Court judge has made clear that his costs judgment against a dishonest party should act as a deterrent to others considering deceiving the court.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

High Court judge praises social worker’s ‘outstanding contribution’ to radicalisation case

A high court judge has praised a social worker’s handling of  a case in which a 16-year-old girl attempted to fly to Syria to join ISIS after being “fully radicalised”.

Full story: Community Care

Businessman wins divorce spat over vintage cars worth £20 million

The man's estranged wife laid claim to some of the 35 cars which included a 1928 Bentley racer and a Ferrari worth more than £5 million.

Full story: The Telegraph

Resolution invites members to participate in research into no fault divorce

Study should inform debate as to how the law might be reformed.

Full story: Family Law Week

40% decrease in number of children waiting to be placed with adopters

Average period between entering care and placement falls from 656 to 594 days.

Full story: Family Law Week

Woman made foster daughter kneel in scalding water

Judge at private hearing in Blackpool family court says foster parents, who made racist comments when giving evidence, had treated girl with ‘cold contempt’.

Full story: The Guardian

Family justice review: special guardianship orders

Research on the effect of the family justice review on the use of special guardianship orders (SGOs).

Full story: Department for Education
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RY v Southend Borough Council [2015] EWHC 2509 (Fam) (22 May 2015)

Care and adoption proceedings concerning a child with serious health problems, including cerebral palsy.

Full report: Bailii

Z, Re [2015] EWHC 2350 (Fam) (04 June 2015)

Ex parte application for wardship and passport seizure order in respect of child feared to be intending to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

Full report: Bailii

A & Ors (Children), Re [2014] EWHC 4859 (Fam) (21 October 2014)

Care proceedings in respect of three children of Pakistani origin.

Full report: Bailii

Joy v Joy-Morancho & Ors (No 3) [2015] EWHC 2507 (Fam) (28 August 2015)

Judgment in long-running financial remedy proceedings, primarily concerning whether the husband's claims that he could not access assets from a trust were genuine.

Full report: Bailii

T (Children), Re [2010] EWCA Civ 1644 (17 November 2010)

Appeal by mother against refusal to order a transfer of the residence of her two children to herself. Appeal dismissed.

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High Court rejects police officer’s claim to invalidate mother’s last will

The case of McCabe v McCabe [2015] EWHC 1591 (Ch) was a bitter contentious probate dispute between two brothers that lasted 11 days.

Full article: Family Law

Tipstaff Orders

Sarah Jennings, barrister of 3PB Chambers, examines the purpose of and procedure for obtaining tipstaff orders.

Full article: Family Law Week

An exception that is becoming exceptionally common? Re CB, the involvement of foreign states, Article 15 of BIIR and leave to oppose adoption

The recent case of Re CB (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 888, [2015] 2 FLR (forthcoming) has attracted a significant amount of press coverage in recent days.

Full article: Family Law
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A new facet of child protection: London Borough of Tower Hamlets v B

London Borough of Tower Hamlets v B [2015] EWHC 2491 (Fam)- Heydon J.

Full post: Law and Lawyers

Litigants in person costs awards

It’s a little known thing that under rule 46.5 of the Civil Procedure Rules (which do apply to family proceedings – see FPR 28.2) the court may award a litigant in person their costs.

Full post: Pink Tape

Court’s power to get an expert report for free

Re RS 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Care proceedings can be retrospectively validated

Re D (Children) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

ISIL child brides: a big care problem for the Family Court?

London Borough Tower of Hamlets v B [2015] EWHC 2491 (Fam) 21 August 2015.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog
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