New private law cases received by Cafcass in December 2017 2% down on a year ago

In December 2017, Cafcass received a total of 2,790 new private law cases. This is a 2% decrease compared with those received in December 2016.

Full story: Family Law Week

Care applications received by Cafcass in December 2017 8% down on a year ago

In December 2017, Cafcass received a total of 1,008 care applications. Whilst this figure represents an 8% decrease in comparison with December 2016, it is the third-highest monthly total for December on record.

Full story: Family Law Week

Missing four-year-old British girl found with mother in Spain

Family court judge says Elliana Shand and her mother, who has mental health problems, will return to England within days.

Full story: The Guardian

Leicester council sent care children list to taxi firms

Details of "hundreds, potentially thousands" of vulnerable people, including children, have been emailed to taxi firms by a council.

Full story: BBC News

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill receives second reading

Legislation fulfils commitment to victims of domestic violence.

Full story: Family Law Week

Child referred to social services every 49 seconds amid rising reports of domestic violence

Councils warn they face pressures on ‘staggering scale’ as data shows there were 646,120 referrals to children’s services last year – equating to 1,770 referrals per day.

Full story: The Independent

Social workers could use social media checks to ‘enhance’ assessments, serious case review says

The review recommended safeguarding boards look at developing guidance for social workers on how to use social media to enhance assessments.

Full story: Community Care

Cost of divorce up 17% in three years amid soaring legal fees and housing costs

Separating couples now typically spend £14,561 on lawyers and lifestyle costs, plus an additional £35,000 to rent or £144,600 to buy new property.

Full story: The Independent
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AB (A Child) [2018] EWFC 3 (16 January 2018)

Judgment giving permission to local authority to withdraw care proceedings in relation to a 4 year old boy who is profoundly neurologically disabled, on the basis that the care being given to him by his parents, with the supporting care package, is meeting his needs.

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KT & Ors, Re [2018] EWCOP 1 (15 January 2018)

Four test cases seeking welfare orders to authorise deprivation of liberty.

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W (Minors), Re [2017] EWFC 80 (20 December 2017)

Interlocutory judgment in proceedings concerning a father's contact with his two children aged 10 and 4. Both parents of Afghan origin, younger child has chromosomal abnormality. Mother alleges domestic abuse by the father.

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M (A Child) (Temporary Removal to Kurdistan) [2017] EWHC 3492 (Fam) (14 March 2017)

Application by father for orders preventing the mother from taking the child to Kurdistan.

Full report: Bailii

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Local Health Board v Lewis [2017] EWCOP 31 (3 August 2017)

Application for orders that it is lawful to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration for a 47 year old man with brain damage.

Full report: Bailii
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How we can cut the cost of divorce

Hazel Wright, Partner and Accredited Mediator with Hunters Solicitors considers the cost benefits of a “no fault” divorce regime.

Full article: Family Law Week

Exploring options over contact applications from transgender parents (Re M (Children)

Lyndsay Sambrooks-Wright, a barrister at 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings, discusses the Court of Appeal’s decision in Re M (Children).

Full article: Family Law

Court clarifies quasi-settlement defence to removed child’s return (L-S (a child))

Katy Chokowry, barrister at 1 King’s Bench Walk, examines the Court of Appeal’s approach in L-S (a child) to a child’s habitual residence, a parent’s acquiescence in the child’s removal, and the intolerability of the child’s position if returned after settling in new country.

Full article: Family Law

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Learning disabilities – an interesting and sad judgment

A Local Authority v G (Parent with Learning Disability) (Rev 1) [2017] EWFC B94.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

EU Charter of rights and children

A child’s Charter rights which will be lost.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Who pays for the harm done to children? CN v Poole and the law of negligence

On December 21st 2017, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in CN v Poole Borough Council  [2017] EWCA civ 2185.

Full post: The Transparency Project

5 family law myths in the media

Some quarters of the press have behaved so badly recently that passengers are no longer able to buy their wares on Virgin West Coast trains. Unfortunately, the rest of us have to put up with them.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Privacy, the common law and a celebrity divorce

Court divorce papers: how private?

Full post: dbfamilylaw
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