Clare’s Law (Again)

Lucy Reed has another look at the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.

Full post: Pink Tape

Rearrange these three letters – F, W, T

"This is the private law case of Re C (A child) 2013, and frankly, the Court of Appeal missed a trick in not naming it Re (WTF?) 2013."

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Islamic “marriage” ceremony at home declared invalid by Court of Protection

A look at A Local Authority v SY [2013] EWHC 3485 COP.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

When parents aren’t parents

The unusual features of Re BB (A Minor) 2013.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

The leave to oppose Tsunami

As anticipated, since Re B-S showed practitioners that the historically high (perhaps even insurmountable) test for leave to oppose adoption applications had been too high, and too heavily weighted in relation to the factor of potential disruption to the child in placement, the appeals have started to come in.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Young v Young – a cautionary tale

Most practitioners will be familiar with the long running case of Young v Young and the wife’s efforts to prove that the husband was not insolvent but rather that he had hidden substantial assets in order to defeat her claims.

Full post: Family Law Blog

The use of ISWs in care proceedings

Dr Julia Brophy's paper "Neither Fear Nor Favour: The views and practices of senior judges regarding the use and value of independent social work expertise in care proceedings".

Full post: Family Law Week blog

Private Law Thoughts

Lucy Reed has been reviewing the Children & Families Bill in light of the Child Arrangements Programme proposed by the working group on private law proceedings.

Full post: Pink Tape

The new CAP for private law work – will it fit and do we want to wear it?

Following the flood of recent information and directives in relation to the public law outline, it was only a matter of time before the President turned his attentions to the system of private law children work.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Pure and Simple – the Court of Appeal attack hearsay

Suesspiciousminds looks at the case Re W (Fact Finding : Hearsay) 2013.

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Opening up the family courts: can the “doubters” ever be satisfied?

The speech of our ubiquitous President to the Society of Editors.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

DOWN: Private Law Programme. UP: Child Arrangements Programme?

A look at the Private Law Working Group report regarding the resolution of private law disputes in and out of court.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

All change for children law

An analysis of the Children and Families Bill.

Full post: Family Law Blog

“A fast car and an open road” – non-disclosers and adverse inferences

Guest blogger Margaret Heathcote looks at cases involving the failure of (at least) one party to make full and frank disclosure of their financial assets and affairs, with a view to undermining the financial claims of the other.

Full post: Family Matters

Re J (A Child), Limiting the scope of injunctions in family cases – Hugh Tomlinson QC

In the case of Re J (A Child) ([2013] EWHC 2694 (Fam), the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, considered an application for a contra mundum injunction by Staffordshire County Council.

Full post: Inforrm's Blog

Null and void (or not)

A Local Authority v X and Another 2013. This was a set of care proceedings, within which the Local Authority applied under the Inherent Jurisdiction for a declaration that the marriage the child had entered into should not be recognised in English law.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

The B-S hall of fame

What follows is a short summary of the main principles from Re B & the subsequent cases including B-S on the court's approach to performing the balancing exercise in evaluating care plans involving placement away from the family. I will add to the summary as any more cases are decided.

Full post: Family Law Week blog

It ain’t me babe, it ain’t me you’re looking for

The perplexing circumstances of London Borough of Barnet and M1 (aka M2) 2013.

Full post: suesspiciousminds