PM v MB & Anor: The father who blamed everyone... but himself

A summary of PM v MB & Anor [2013] EWCA Civ 969, which involved a father's appeal against the refusal of parental responsibility and the making of a s.91(14) order.

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Enforcement tips and tricks – part two

"In this concluding part I will consider the following potential enforcement remedies: Hadkinson relief, orders subject to conditions, declarations of beneficial interest, an order for lump sum(s) and in default an order for sale, drafting maintenance orders, payment on account of costs, interest, a general application for enforcement; and committal by way of a judgment summons."

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Truly Exceptional

"A while back I made a Freedom of Information Act request to the Legal Aid Agency for figures in relation to applications for exceptional funding under s10 LASPO." Says Lucy Reed.

Full post: Pink Tape

Enforcement tips and tricks – part one

In the current economic climate and the international age in which we work, family practitioners increasingly face the need to enforce (both within this jurisdiction and abroad) orders made in financial remedy proceedings.

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“You’ve lost your lipgloss honey”

Whether the test is “wrong” or “plainly wrong” for an Appeal, and we shall know definitively after Re BS, when deciding whether to give permission, where is the bar set? Suesspiciousminds looks at H v G (Adoption Appeal) [2013] EWHC 2136 (Fam).

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“Sunlight is the best disinfectant”

Transparency, openness and the family Courts, and the President’s proposal for changes.

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A statistical analysis of recent adoption trends, and the pursuit of a financial agenda

The government has today published the latest round of adoption statistics for England and Wales.

Full post: Family Matters

It’s as plainly wrong as the nose on your face

"In Re BS (Children) 2013, Permission was granted by MacFarlane LJ for an appeal from a decision of Parker J to refuse leave to oppose an adoption hearing, and it seems, from the reading of his decision, that he probably would have refused permission to appeal prior to Re B." Says suesspiciousminds.

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New guidance on allocation, transparency and family orders

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has issued his fourth View from the President’s Chambers which includes new guidance on standardisation of family orders, allocation and gate keeping, and transparency in family proceedings.

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Voice of the child in pre-proceedings work

Suesspiciousminds discusses the pre-proceedings pilot.

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Here comes my nineteenth nervous (adoption) breakdown

Suesspiciousminds looks at Re W [2013]: "A quirky little case, considering what happens when an adoptive placement breaks down to the point where all concerned would really like to effectively delete the adoption order."

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Making costs orders against a non-party – is that the sound of floodgates opening?

The High Court have determined in Re HB, PB and London Borough of Croydon 2013, that a Court may legitimately make an order for wasted costs against an agency who was not a party to proceedings.

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Crunchy numbers

Suesspiciousminds examines how many care cases a lawyer has to do to cover his wages.

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Costs orders against local authorities in private law proceedings

A High Court Judge has taken the unusual step of ordering a local authority to pay a parent’s legal costs.

Full post: Family Matters

Stories from the conflict zone

Being ‘conflicted out’ of a case is 
a challenge you must deal with quickly 
and cleanly, before it goes too far 
says Marilyn Stowe.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

International Surrogacy - Is a global response achievable?

A report published this week examines the legal structures relating to surrogacy across the EU Membership.

Full post: Family Matters

Contact after Adoption - Is it still the exception?

A Judge in the High Court has taken the unusual step of making an order providing for an adopted child to have a continuing relationship with his birth family.

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Cafcass Data

Lucy Reed examines data she has received about Cafcass under Freedom of Information Act requests.

Full post: Pink Tape

Doc, Doc,Doc Doc Doctor Beat

When Judges disagree with doctors – I’ve been interested in this for a little while now, and another case of this type has just flitted across my screen, so, a quick run down of the recent reported cases where the Courts have, in considering an NAI case, gone against the medical evidence (or at least some of the medical evidence) to find that the parent had not caused the injury.

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Arbitrate Me Baby

Apparently, in relation to a post-award consent order lodged at a county court, the solicitor for one of the parties requested a judicial view on the question: ‘What effect should the fact of an arbitration award have on the exercise of judicial discretion in deciding whether to approve the terms of a Consent Order.’

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View from the President’s Chambers – part 3

"The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, recently handed down his third View from the President’s Chambers, focusing on the reform of expert evidence." Says Geraldine Morris.

Full post: Family Law Blog

You be frank, I’ll be earnest

Suesspiciousminds looks at the judgment in Re L and M (Children) [2013].

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Family Law - some recent developments in childcare law

An update on SOME of the recent developments in child care family law.

Full post: Law and Lawyers

CW v SG: the law and terminating parental responsibility

"Refusal to grant PR to a father by a mother is one of the thorniest issues in family law." Says Marilyn Stowe, as she looks at the recent case of CW v SG.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Case Comment: Re B (a child) [2013] UKSC 33

Tessa Buchanan comments upon the Supreme Court case of Re B (A Child).

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