A new model for family court social work?

Social workers who work regularly in the family courts must have: a strong grounding in child development, a good understanding of effective, evidence-based family interventions, the ability to produce high quality statements, chronologies and court reports and the skills to present evidence in court.

Full post: The Children's Services Blog

So tired, tired of waiting, tired of waiting for you

A quick look at four cases that have been decided, but that I’m still waiting for transcripts of judgments on, and one that I’ve been waiting for for ages, and which turns out to be crushingly disappointing.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

One of these nights you’re gonna get caught, It’ll give you a pregnant pause for thought

This is a discussion of the extraordinary case of A Local Authority v S & O [2011] EWHC 3764 (Fam).

Full post: suesspiciousminds

S v S: Dealing with a disparity in costs

A summary of S v S [2012] EWHC 2960 (Fam). WARNING: Contains maths.

Full post: Family Lore

F (Child) and the taxonomy of relocation cases

A summary of international relocation case F (Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1364.

Full post: Family Lore

Once you have eliminated the impossible

Is Sherlock Holmes’ maxim applicable to fact finding hearings? The Court of Appeal take a look - A (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1278.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

J’accuse .. no, I don’t… wait, yes I do (oh no you don’t)

A discussion of Re W (Children) 2012 EWCA Civ 1307.

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The importance of being formal

A discussion of the private law case of Re K (A child) 2012 EWCA Civ 1306.

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Pre-owned businesses: when does non-matrimonial property become shareable in a divorce?

A discussion of the case of Jones –v- Jones, which involved the treatment by the Court of Appeal of a business which began before the marriage but significantly increased in value during it.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog 

Re J (A Child): When the past needs to be investigated

A summary of Re J (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1231, in which a father successfully appealed against residence and contact orders.

Full post: Family Lore

Family mediation is a waste of time

Why is the government so intent on 
forcing people into mediation when this is 
patently not delivering results, 
asks Marilyn Stowe.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Parents regain access to children after five year battle

A London couple have regained access to their two daughters after a five-and-a-half year saga which saw the father imprisoned with sex offenders and both children taken into care.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

LASPO and the domestic violence gateway

As a solicitor, who set up a firm with two other family lawyers in 2005 primarily to deal with family legal aid cases for the mixed housing area of Shirley in Southampton where we practice, I was very concerned when I heard of the proposed new reforms for family legal aid work, writes Wendy Hewstone.

Full post: LegalVoice

A tapestry of justice

A discussion of London Borough of Sutton and Gray 2012 – in which the High Court determined that an earlier finding of fact that a father had shaken a child, causing injuries (and for which father went to prison) was wrong and had been in effect a miscarriage of justice.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Judge rules brain-damaged Muslim should not be resuscitated

A man left brain-damaged after a massive heart attack should not be resuscitated, a High Court judge has ruled, despite the likelihood of him wishing to be were he conscious.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

In the name of God: ultra-orthodox Jewish education not in children’s best interest, rules Court of Appeal.

A discussion of the case Re G (Children).

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Autonomy and the role of the Official Solicitor – whose interests are really being represented?

A discussion of the R.P. and others v United Kingdom case.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

A father’s rights?

Last week the Court of Appeal was the venue for a stark clash of cultures. One the one side stood members of the Haredi Jewish Community and on the other stood 21st Century secular Britain.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Practice directions make perfect?

Some consultation documents for new family law practice directions have flitted across my inbox today.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Passing the prior authority parcel

Suesspiciousminds discusses an ALC proposal to tackle the problems caused by the decision of the LSC to not grant prior authority for cases any more.

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and said ‘oh oh, smother me mother’

A consideration of AA (A Child) 2012 EWHC 2647 (Fam).

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M (Children): Use of a conditional residence order where contact obstructed

A discussion of M (Children) [2012] EWHC 1948 (Fam), which involved the making of a conditional residence order in favour of the father, in circumstances where the mother had been obstructing contact.

Full post: Family Lore

Designation’s what you need (or how to duck your responsibilities)

A discussion of Derbyshire County Council v HM 2011, and why it is important for Local Authority lawyers.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Surrogacy: the mysterious case of the disappearing mother and the gay male parents

Marilyn Stowe looks at the case D and L (Surrogacy) [2012] EWHC 2631 (Fam).

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog