Case Preview: In the Matter of L-B (Children)

The Matter of L-B (Children), heard in the Supreme Court last week, concerns a judge’s power to change her decision where oral judgment has been given but no order has yet been perfected.

Full post: UKSC blog

In England, justice is open to all, like the Ritz Hotel

Is there a difference in family justice provided to middle-class parents? A discussiony paranoidy rant…

Full post: suesspiciousminds

BP v KP and NI (Financial Remedy Proceedings: Res Judicata)

A brief summary of BP v KP and NI (Financial Remedy Proceedings: Res Judicata) [2012] EWHC 2995 (Fam).

Full post: Family Lore

Marital settlements: single lump sums vs multiple lump sums

A new judgement delivered by Mrs Justice Baron, sitting with Lord Justices Thorpe and Kitchin, was published by the Court of Appeal yesterday. It involves a relatively small sum of money, but also some tricky money-based family law.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

“The purifying ordeal of skilled argument on the specific facts of a contested case”

A discussion of the Court of Appeal decision in Re TG (A Child) 2013.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Statutory orphans 2 (erm, “This time it’s practical”?)

The High Court have given some guidance [in A City Council v DC 2012] on how to deal with applications by a Local Authority to revoke a Freeing Order when their plan is no longer adoption.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Hamilton v Hamilton: Varying a lump sum order

A brief summary of Hamilton v Hamilton [2013] EWCA Civ 13.

Full post: Family Lore

“All right then, I WILL give evidence

A discussion of the very tricky problem in Re R (A Child) 2012.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

“Two thirds of children who died of abuse in 2012 could have been saved”

An examination of this very shocking claim from the Children’s Rights Alliance for England report, and discussion of the report itself.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Neglecting neglect

The Parliamentary report on child protection, and a discussion of it.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

When to apply for prior authority (and how long the LSC thinks assessments take)

"There has finally been some guidance published about this vexed issue", says suesspiciousminds.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

W (Children): The innocent bystander

A summary of W (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1788 (15 November 2012), just reported on Family Law Week.

Full post: Family Lore

The role of the Court in assessing alternative medical treatment

A discussion of An NHS Trust v SR 2012.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Joint property ownership and TOLATA claims.

The Law Society and Land Registry have today published a Practice Note in relation to joint property ownership. Whilst it has been addressed for all those involved with conveyancing it is also a good aide memoire for those of us who undertake TOLATA claims.

Full post: marksageblogs

Semantics, pedantics and Neuro-mantics

A discussion of the fascinating “Blinded by neuroscience – social policy, the family and the infant brain” paper by David Wastell and Sue White.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Identity of social workers may be published following fostering bungle

A discussion of Bristol City Council v C and others [2012] EWHC 3748 (Fam).

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

The Streisand effect and care proceedings

A discussion of Bristol City Council and Others 2012.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Imaginary written submissions

Suesspiciousminds considers what would have happened had Haringey Council applied for an Emergency Protection Order in the Baby P case.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

'Benefit cuts will not see more children taken into care; poverty does not equal neglect'

Cafcass is wrong, benefit cuts will not necessarily see more children taken into care, writes child protection consultant Joanna Nicolas.

Full post: The Children's Services Blog

Thompson v Hurst: Stack and Jones applied

A brief summary of Thompson v Hurst [2012] EWCA Civ 1752 (30 March 2012), reported today on Bailii.

Full post: Family Lore

A view from the litigant in person

A few weeks ago, I got chatting to a woman in my local pub – let’s call her Susan – who is embroiled in a legal battle in the family courts.

Full post: Law Society Gazette News blog