Mediation: when without prejudice immunity bites?

Without prejudice rule immunity: and is there a different rule for family cases?

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Advice privilege: a point of retainer

At what point in the life of legal advice can it be said that what a person has said to a lawyer – solicitor or barrister – is covered by legal advice privilege; and, perhaps by the same definition, at what point is the lawyer’s insurer on risk?

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Family law, legal aid - and a brave new world for mediation

The three headlines below appeared one above the other in the e-version of Law Society’s Gazette on Christmas Eve.

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child abduction and child abuse

The case of Neustadt v Neustadt (child abduction) 2014 is an interesting and desperately sad one.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

section 20 drift

Re P (A child : Use of section 20) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

McCartney's way out

Supplemental petitions are back.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Baroness Hale proposes ‘no fault’ divorce

On 12 December 2014, Baroness Hale, the UK’s most senior female judge and Deputy President of the Supreme Court, proposed a new system of ‘no fault’ divorce in the UK.

Full post: UKSC blog

Another day, another appeal against Placement Orders refused

Re P (A child) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Clear now?

The Telegraph this morning runs a “Top Family Judge” story :”Social workers must not ‘shy away’ from adoption – top family judge.

Full post: Pink Tape

Child Sexual Exploitation (Birmingham injunction case)

Birmingham City Council v Riaz and Others 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Stellar contributions in divorce settlements – time for a rethink?

Marilyn Stowe considers the Hohn case and asks whether the 'stellar contribution' principle is outmoded.

Full post:  Marilyn Stowe Blog

Options for funding family proceedings

Buttressing the right to a fair trial.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Family Law Reform: The role of arbitration

Adversarial family court process is bad: why?

Full post: dbfamilylaw

R v R: Kafkaesque

A summary of R v R (Family Court: Procedural Fairness).

Full post: Family Lore

Section 98 of the Children Act 1989: Bad or just misunderstood?

Section 98 of the Children Act 1989 is one of several provisions that languish towards the tail end of the Act, often forgotten or misremembered in its precise effect by busy practitioners.

Full post: Pink Tape

A&B v Rotherham: where water is thicker than blood?

Newspaper headlines this weekend made me curious to read a newly published adoption case entitled A&B v Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

I would put this as a must-read (adoption case, dynamite)

Re A and B and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Tarama-TOLATA

Seagrove v Sullivan (Practice Directions re bundles and citations of authorities) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Serious case review – can a failure to call one be judicially reviewed?

In this case, Deeqa Mohammed v Local Safeguarding Children’s Board of Islington 2014, the mother of a child, Nawaal Mohammed sought to judicially review the decision of Islington’s Local Safeguarding Children’s Board NOT to hold a Serious Case Review, following Nawaal’s tragic death.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

The big experiment

The Litigants in person in private family law cases research study (Trinder, Hunter et al) was published by the MoJ on 27 November 2014.

Full post: Pink Tape

Over-egging the pudding

The case is North East Lincolnshire v G and L 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

FOI MOJ: OMG!

Centralising the handling of divorce cases.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Assessing the march of mediation in Family Dispute Resolution Week 2014

Guest blogger Suzanne Kingston, partner at Withers, examines DR options and progress so far in promoting non-court dispute resolution.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Family finance arbitration: where are we now? Mr Justice Mostyn addresses fixed fees

Marilyn Stowe attends a joint family/ commercial arbitration seminar addressed by two distinguished High Court Judges: Sir Bernard Eder and Sir Nicholas Mostyn.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe’s Family Law & Divorce Blog

Beware the PLO my son! the jaws that bite, the claws that catch (Is the PLO coming to Court of Protection?)

Cases A and B (Court of Protection : Delay and Costs) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Disproportionate costs in family proceedings will be criticised

Family lawyers need to keep costs proportionate warned Mostyn J in his recent decision in J v J.

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Dangerous Territory…. Assessment of a parent who is overseas

London Borough of Tower Hamlets and D 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Have we lost sight of J.S. Mill’s concept of the right to liberty? Article 5 in the Court of Protection

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council v KW (by her litigation friend Celia Walsh) [2014] EWCOP 45.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Nothing else will do – In which Nails are placed in coffins, and heads of pins are danced upon

The third Court of Appeal decision in a month to backtrack from “nothing else will do” and this one does so very powerfully - CM v Blackburn with Darwin Council 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Committal judgments should be published

A summary of Justice for Families Ltd v Secretary of State for Justice [2014] EWCA Civ 1477 (14 November 2014).

Full post: Family Lore

What to consider when instructing experts in financial cases

Suzanne Todd, a partner in the Family Law team at Withers LLP, examines what impact the changes relating to the use of expert evidence in family proceedings have had in practice.

Full post: Family Law Blog

No search results found for your query ‘indirect contact’

No one ever had any statistics for how many orders for indirect contact eventually blossomed into direct contact or how many simply withered on the vine.

Full post: Pink Tape

Briefing paper on non-consensual adoption and the law

This paper sets out, only briefly, some of the legal issues that have arisen in relation to the policy push for adoption.

Full post: Celtic Knot

There should be no order for costs in children's proceedings absent unreasonable behaviour in the conduct of the litigation

A summary of L (Costs of Children Proceedings) [2014] EWCA Civ 1437, handed down by the Court of Appeal today.

Full post: Family Lore

Why is there something instead of nothing?

This one is Re M (A child : Long-Term Foster Care) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

If the State wants to take your child, be prepared to represent yourself!

Celtic Knot considers D (A Child).

Full post: Celtic Knot

Trends in Family Appeals

The response to my FOI request regarding family appeals is in.

Full post: Pink Tape

Why family law gets privacy wrong – response to ‘transparency’ consultation

This is not a blog, but merely a means of publicising my response to the ‘transparency’ consultation.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Human rights claim – £12,000

Re H (A child) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

The curious incident of Article 8 in the Night time

Re A (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1104. McFarlane LJ considered an appeal from the decision of a Circuit Judge from a long running and acrimonious private law dispute, which had left the Circuit Judge extremely despondent about the failings of the family law system.

Full post: Pink Tape

“Understanding Re Y and pondering horizontality” or “Why I need a lie down”

In the time it has taken me to chew the fat and mouth off extensively on twitter about Re Y [2014] EWCA Civ 1287 everyone else has actually written their blog posts on the topic. And very good they are too.

Full post: Pink Tape

A brief history of family law

Three dates are especially significant in a brief history of family law: 30 July 1949 when Legal Aid Act 1949 came into operation; 1 January 1971, the date of the start of Divorce Reform Act 1969 and Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Act 1970 (which together were consolidated later into Matrimonial Causes Act 1973); and 14 October 1991 the date when Children Act 1989 started its work.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

With the profoundest respect

The Judge is Mostyn J (who has had a busy autumn), and the case is Re D 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Cafcass complaints

I recently made a FOI request to CAFCASS in order to see what was happening in terms of the trends of complaints from parents.

Full post: Pink Tape

Insert appropriate Coldplay reference here *

CC (Adoption application : separated applicants) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Nothing else will do? A head-scratcher

The Court of Appeal’s decision in Re W (Children) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Turning the pole vault into a limbo contest – watch Hayden J reset the bar

In which I applaud Hayden J for sticking both his neck out, and his finger in the dyke. Re DM 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Forget Convention rights in private children proceedings: Ryder LJ

In Re Y (Children) [2014] EWCA Civ 1287 Ryder LJ (with whom Longmore and Patten LJJ agreed) rejected an appeal by a father who sought to relocate to the Missouri with his second wife (S), whose family were there.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Re X (2): further amplification of judicial deprivation of liberty process

On 16th October 2014 Sir James Munby P handed down his second judgment in Re X and others (Deprivation of Liberty) [2014] EWCOP 37.

Full post: Court of Protection Handbook

Non molestation: Draft order ignores the law

The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has issued a draft non-molestation order which barely complies with the law and manages not to use the word – ‘non-molestation’ or molestation – on which it is based.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

President's guidance on interim orders: How lawful?

Sir James Munby P has issued Practice Guidance dated 13 October 2014 and entitled: Family Court – duration of ex parte (without notice) orders (the PG).

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Mediation and family financial remedy proceedings

It is not surprising that judges are making ever greater attempts to narrow the gap between maintaining mediation processes as voluntary, and pressurising parties – as far as the common law will permit them – to force the reluctant horse to mediation water and to make him or her drink.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

No point being the richest woman in the graveyard

Re JI (revocation of lasting power of attorney) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Committal for harassment

In the matter of an application by Gloucestershire County Council for the committal to prison of Matthew John Newman.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Litigants in person: Beware

Mostyn J’s July 2014 judgement in Bakir v Downe [2014] EWHC 3318 (Fam) was transcribed at public expense because Mostyn J wanted to make a point about use of the court not being an advice bureau.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Allegations of abuse against a father

In this case, Hampshire County Council v Mother and Others 2014, there are two linked judgments.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Fraud unravels everything – Rapisarda v Colladon part 2

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this judgment. This is part 2 of the case involving the Queen’s Proctor and an alleged systematic fraudulent obtaining of 180 divorces (some decree nisis, some decree absolutes).

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Conjurers and children’s birthday parties

The decision of the President in Re X (a child) (surrogacy : Time limit) 2014

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Tin-foiled again. Conspiracy and the Court of Protection

The Court of Protection case of A Local Authority v M and Others has it all.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Consultation on children and vulnerable witnesses: Court proceedings

In July 2014 Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division and a working party he had set up, published a form of consultation paper – entitled an ‘interim report’ – on ‘children and vulnerable witnesses’. My response to the consultation follows.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Research and stats round-up

A few important reports on statistics / research documents have come out in the last two weeks.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Asking permission: new relationships, nuptial settlements and appeals

When will the courts vary a nuptial settlement and how relevant is a new relationship to a settlement?

Full post: Family Law Blog

Civil legal aid: Exceptional case determination

Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 s 10 represents the only way that a person can obtain legal aid for civil legal services (civil legal aid), outside the narrow spectrum of cases – domestic ‘violence’, forced marriage etc – covered by Part 1 Sch 1 of the Act.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

T v S: The court cannot micro-manage the relationship between the parents and their handling of the child

A quick look at T v S [2013] EWHC 2521 (Fam), which was decided by the President on the 25th of July last year, but has just appeared on Bailii.

Full post: Family Lore

Law, practice directions and guidance

Whilst the President has the power to issue Guidance or Practice Directions, what status do his Views hold, styled in title if not in form as the idle musings of a be-windowed leader?

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Who to follow : The Precedent or the President?

We have wisdom coming at us in all forms and from all directions, so much that it sometimes seems as if the unique authority of precedent has been lost.

Full post: Pink Tape

Somerset v MK – conduct of a Local Authority and deprivation of liberty

This is a Court of Protection case, involving a 19 year old “P”.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Clarity in law: Precedent law

The question which any reader, adviser and, preferably, any publisher of law reports must answer is: does the particular case create any sort of precedent?

Full post: dbfamilylaw

the interaction between Children Act and Mental Health Act

This reported case is a County Court one (which means that it is not legally binding precedent) but it raises some unusual issues.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Reversing the burden of proof – injury to a child

There have been a few reported cases where the higher Courts have said or hinted that a fairly traditional medical formulation “that in the absence of the parent providing a benign explanation, this injury was caused deliberately” is a reversal of the burden of proof and not acceptable in law.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Making eye to eye contact (post adoption contact applications, some practical queries)

I’ve previously written about the relatively new provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014 that allow a birth parent to apply for direct contact even years after the adoption order was made.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Soldiering on

Barbara Connolly QC, barrister at 7 Bedford Row, discusses how the recent family law reforms have affected her practice.

Full post: Family Law Blog

The Ashya King wardship judgment

This is the judgment given by Mr Justice Baker in the wardship proceedings, setting out the reasons why on Friday of last week a solution was reached that Ashya would be able to receive proton-beam therapy treatment in Prague.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Reflections on the law of bias

The following chapter is taken direct from a book of mine – The Practice of Family Law: evidence and procedure (2012).

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Right to publish wardship cases: How far?

Journalists may have been allowed into the High Court in the recent, well publicised, wardship hearing concerning parents who removed their child from a Hampshire hospital against medical advice. But does that give them full permission – and any right – to report on the proceedings?

Full post: dbfamilylaw

What is wardship?

I suspect that there will be a few people, including some journalists, who want to understand what Wardship is today.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Child abuse: Inquiry and reform

Listening to children and other protected individuals: a family court response.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

State should pay for representation and witnesses in private child disputes

Q v Q ; Re B (a child) ; Re C (a child) [2014] EWFC 31 – 6 August 2014.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Parents deciding not to go ahead with cancer treatment

This piece is more about the general principle of whether a parent has the right to decide what is best for their child, or whether the doctors have the final say?

Full post: suesspiciousminds

'Transparency' made simple

‘Open justice’: the common law starting point.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Domestic abuse: how to tackle non-violent control

Those who abuse their partners through coercive and controlling behaviour, such as depriving them of money, could face prison under a proposed new offence.

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Are surrogates and parents losing out due to a lack of global surrogacy laws?

The recent Thai surrogacy story has raised questions over the morality of surrogacy in third world destinations and the legal status of all involved.

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Go directly to the Ninth Circle of Hell, do not pass Go

The President’s decision sitting in the High Court, in Re W (Children) 2014 [2014 EWFC 22].

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Consultation: Sir James is but one voice...

‘Guidance’: not consultation by a public body.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Muddled law and the set aside jurisdiction

Setting aside a consent order.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Capacity and financial consent orders

MAP v RAP 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Epilepsy and rib fractures

This is a County Court decision on a finding of fact hearing, involving a child of two Brazilian parents who sustained a rib fracture.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

“I need not descend into detail”

So said the original trial judge in Re B (Children : Long Term Foster Care ) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Consulatation: Fairness, law and the administrative process

Fairness and family law reform.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Family court consultation: Fig-leaves and Freudian slips

Consultation: the deluge and some dates.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

‘Transparency’: Not all about children: publicity after Cooper-Hohn

Case management, publicity and Cooper-Hohn v Hohn.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Hashtag keepitoutofcourt

I’ve noticed that the MoJ twitter account has a fondness for the hashtag #keepitoutofcourt.

Full post: Pink Tape

Family law reform: the missing pieces

Fiona Wood, family practice group leader at Pannone part of Slater & Gordon, discusses how the recent reforms have affected her practice.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Adoption and Islam : Milton Keynes and the Diet of Worms

Milton Keynes v X and Y 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Baby removed from mother at birth: a look at reporting restrictions orders

Nasstassia Hylton of 1 Garden Court Chambers looks at X County Council v M & Ors.

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Consultations in progress per President's 13th fenestral musing

There are probably as many as five (perhaps more) consultations under way.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

step-parent adoptions and nothing else will do

The Court of Appeal in Re P (a child) 2014 considered an appeal from a Judge who refused a step-parent adoption having applied the law.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Relinquishing for adoption and nothing else will do

This High Court case Coventry City Council and A 2014 deals with the relinquished adoption issue.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Inadequate welfare evidence

Re R (A child: Inadequate Welfare Evidence) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Aspirational Acronyms

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a document entitled “Guidance to LFJBs on Quarterly Performance Reporting Template”. It’s a crackin’ read I can tell y’all.

Full post: Pink Tape

Family law reform: the impact on clients

Grant Howell, partner in the family law team at Charles Russell, discusses how the recent reforms have affected his practice.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Should the press be able to report the evidence in a financial remedy case?

There was before the court a substantive hearing in respect of financial claims arising from divorce proceedings between a husband and wife (Cooper-Hohn v Hohn).

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Brace yourself: the Financial Remedies Working Group report in a nutshell

Just as the huge law reforms of the family justice system in April 2014 have started to bed in, more reports have been issued proposing further changes.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Family law reform: experiences from the front line

Suzanne Todd, partner in the family law team at Withers, discusses how the recent family law reforms have affected her practice.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Possibilities for state funding family cases after Q v Q (No 2)

Funding family proceedings.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

President of Family Division suggests courts should cover costs where legal aid cuts may impact access to justice

Rachael Rowley-Fox explores the suggestion made by Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, that courts should spend money to ensure that justice is done in the wake of the legal aid cuts.

Full post: The World Of Family Law

Q v Q (No 2): Funding for family proceedings

Q v Q : as some dust starts to settle…

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Means of control

In the recent decision of ZM v AM [2014] EWHC 2110 (Fam) the court recognised that immigration status, or lack thereof, can be used to wrongly control a spouse and directed that the judgment in that case be disclosed to the UK Border Agency.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Advice privilege: Joint or sole confidentiality

Instructions from successive clients.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

LASPO and article 6 – a huge case

The President has given his judgment in Q v Q, and it is a helluva read.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Should children give evidence in family proceedings?

Alex Verdan QC on Re B (Child Evidence).

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Overseas surrogacy

Andrew Pack gives an introduction to surrogacy law.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Passage to India (and laying the smackdown on the Legal Aid Agency)

There seems to be increasing amounts of litigation about children being taken on holiday to countries outside of the Hague Convention, particularly when the children are the subjects of private law dispute about contact and residence.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Glacier Mints

Yes. Just like a glacier mint : transparency has gotten sticky.

Full post: Pink Tape

The placement of an adult away from their family

This Court of Protection decision LBX v TT and Others 2014 touches on some important issues.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Ruling on ‘the rule’

In which I ameliorate some of the pain of reading a Brussels II judgment by digressions into betrayal by the BBC, Tarzan wrestling an alligator, James Joyce and Tommy Steele…

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Private management of family proceedings

Care proceedings: case management delays.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Care proceedings by the back door

The Court of Appeal decision in Re W (Children) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Hearing an appeal in private

The Court of Appeal were asked to rule, as a preliminary issue, whether the mother’s appeal should be heard in private - Re DE and AB 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

M v B: Extraordinarily tragic

A summary of M v B [2014] EWHC 2686 (Fam) - an application by the mother of a boy, now aged about nine and a half, for permission to remove him from living in England to live long term with her in Abu Dhabi.

Full post: Family Lore

Administrative law and the family courts

Public bodies and applications in the family court.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

The Strange Case of Surrogacy Law

Legal Liberal looks at an anomaly in surrogacy law.

Full post: Legal Liberal

serious case review versus judicial review – a (cough) review

Who ‘owns’ a Serious Case Review, and what rights or powers do the Courts have over its disclosure?

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Re B: Children giving evidence

A summary of Re B (Child Evidence) [2014] EWCA Civ 1015.

Full post: Family Lore

Abuse by the State: the inherent jurisdiction in Parker J’s hands

Allan Norman argues that two judgments of Parker J bring the inherent jurisdiction into disrepute.

Full post: Celtic Knot

When fanily life is in the background

Anthony Douglas on the importance of family courts understanding the emotional lives of children.

Full post: Cafcass blog

Being late to the party (turns out Auntie Beryl was Grandma Beryl…)

KS v Neath Port Talbot 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Capacity to live with your husband

The Court of Protection case of Re PB (2014).

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Misrepresenting the views of an expert

X County Council v M and Others 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

“A Narrow Textual Analysis”: Re P (Relocation) [2014] EWCA Civ 842

Last month, the Court of Appeal allowed an appeal against a trial judge’s decision to refuse to allow a mother to relocate permanently with two children, aged 3 and 2, to Germany.

Full post: Legal Liberal

What counts is the judgement

Re A (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 871 concerned long fought proceedings between parents where, at an interim stage in proceedings, the father had asked HHJ Horowitz to alter what he had said in a 2011 judgement which he had not appealled against, and where his request for an alteration under the ‘slip rule’ had been made over two years after the judgement.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Family comes first (even if they’re in Poland)

An examination of P (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 888.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Jude the Apostle versus Sybil Fawlty

The Court of Appeal decision in Re T (a child) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Child Arrangements Orders

If what was originally applied for was a contact order and residence has never been the issue before the court is it correct/possible to have the line that says who the children live with to be left blank, or are all CAOs now going to effectively be residence orders by the back door?

Full post: Pink Tape

Instant injustice

We need more than fine words and ‘fine-tuning’ for family law reform, says Marilyn Stowe.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Murphy v Murphy: The having of children changes everything

A summary of Murphy v Murphy [2014] EWHC 2263 (Fam), decided by Mr Justice Holman on the 4th of July.

Full post: Family Lore

Judicial bias

The Appeal in Q (Children) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Barbecue tongs and police being given power to force entry to a home

Another C-section Court of Protection case - The Mental Health Trust and DD 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Can DNA profiles at a murder scene be used to establish paternity?

Re Z (Children) concerned an application in ongoing care proceedings for the Metropolitan Police to provide copies of DNA profiles held by them.

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Can the Court of Protection authorise detention of an adult in a Children’s Home?

Liverpool City Council v SG 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

yet more international surrogacy

This time, Re D (A child) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Go on then, appeal me, I dare you

The trial judge in Re P (A child) 2014 doesn’t QUITE say what I say in the title above, but it isn’t far off.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Vulnerable witnesses and parents article 6 rights

The Court of Appeal in Re J (A child) 2014 overturned a finding of fact by Pauffley J that a vulnerable witness X had been abused by the father in private law proceedings.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

UK Parliament debate on reform of divorce financial law

Two days ago, Friday 27th June 2014, the House of Lords chamber of the UK Parliament had an important debate on the need for reform of the law concerning divorce financial settlements in England and Wales.

Full post: DavidHodson.com

The Baroness Deech bill and spousal maintenance

A private member’s bill tabled by Baroness Deech had its second reading in the House of Lords today.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Rhubarb* and custody

A committal hearing in relation to a grandmother who was using electronic media, including Facebook to protest against the adoption of her granddaughter - Staffordshire CC and Beech 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

CSI : President

Re Z (Children) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Reporting restriction orders – a pragmatic suggestion

London Borough of Waltham Forest and AD 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Let’s sleep on it

There’s been quite a “thing” going on about Penelope Leach and her views about dads, overnight contact and all – and it’s got quite heated.

Full post: Pink Tape

Section 13 : Unlucky for some

Lucy Reed reminds us of section 13 of the Children & Families Act 2014.

Full post: Pink Tape

Separating divorce and financial disputes – more process than substance

Sir James Munby has considered in his most recent opinion piece, both his commentary on the bedding down of the recent procedural changes that came in to force on the 22 April 2014, and looking to the future, he has invited Mostyn J and Cobb J to chair a new Financial Remedies Working Group to look at further change.

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Money and divorce

After two years of work – and decades of studying and lecturing about the subject – I have finally introduced my private member’s bill, the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill.

Full post: Lords of the Blog

The Dirty Dozen

Yes, view 12 has hatched. And it’s a free range grade A double yoker, a veritable golden one (does this analogy make the President a goose?)…

Full post: Pink Tape

Authorising the termination of the pregnancy of a 13 year old within care proceedings

In this case, the expectant mother was a 13 year old child, who was herself the subject of care proceedings. The father of the unborn baby was just 14. This case was heard by the President of the Family Division – Re X (A child) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Legal aid, justice and the complexities of family law process

A haul of very recent family law children cases throws up four which are at the extremes of family law procedural provisions; and in only one was the main adult party to proceedings represented under a legal aid certificate (it seems).

Full post: dbfamilylaw

State immunity does not avail Saudi Prince

Harb v. HRH Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd Abdul Aziz.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

The process of reform: next steps (condensed)

In case you don’t have time to read all 11 pages of the President’s latest missive (his 12th View) here are six important areas to note.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Q v Q – an impasse

In Q v Q 2014, the President tackles what’s been a long-standing problem in family law proceedings.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Succeeding in an opposed adoption

Borough of Poole v W and Another 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Three months imprisonment for seeing your grand-daughter

Apologies for the Tabloid-esque heading, but it is a fairly succinct way of expressing the outcome of Derbyshire County Council v Kathleen Danby 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Private law appeal (unsuccessful)

The Court of Appeal have given judgment in Re H (Children) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

An answer to an important question you didn’t know you had

The High Court in Re A Father v SBC 2014 have answered a very important question, albeit one that probably hadn’t fluttered across most people’s consciousness.

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Proto-Manifesto

"We need an organisation providing not for profit reporting of family cases for the public." Says Lucy Reed.

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Restricting publicity in children proceedings: a summary

When may a parent post information of Facebook; when may a keen family lawyer relate a case in his or her blog or on Twitter; when may a mature child tell his/her story to the press?

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A Right Bundle of Laughs

The Government has now published its response to its earlier consultation entitled “Court Bundles – Proposed changes to the Legal aid Family Advocacy Scheme”.

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Legal aid: Not so 'exceptional' cases?

This is very long for a blog; but it seeks to show that changes may be blowing through the legal aid scheme, especially with the levels of exceptionality required of applicants under s LASPOA 2012 s 10.

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A Jarndyced View

Lucy Reed casts a critical eye over the new private law prescribed orders.

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Getting an expert report in private law proceedings

The Court of Appeal (almost a year after the High Court ruled otherwise) have decided in JG v the Lord Chancellor and Others 2014, that a Court can lawfully decide that the costs of an expert report be bourne by one party (the one who is receiving public funding) rather than split between everyone.

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Legal aid for children proceedings (pt II): The better news

This article looks at the case JG v Lord Chancellor and ors as one concerned with how legal aid may be obtained for children proceedings.

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Legal aid and payment for an expert in children proceedings

The long awaited conclusion to JG v Lord Chancellor and ors was that in the particular case the Legal Aid Agency was not entitled to refuse the child’s application in October 2008 for funding of a psychotherapist’s report for use in proceedings by the child’s father under Children Act 1989.

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A new dawn for the child support agreement?

There has been a variety of press publicity over the last couple of days about new child support plans – first that couples must agree amounts of payments of pay fees for continued use of a child support ‘service’.

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All a matter of interpretation

The President’s decision in Re J and S (children) 2014.

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A bundle of fun?

What follows is a fairly detailed look at Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), PD 27A.

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Law, clarity in law and the litigant in person

This article is prompted by the real concern which many lawyers – especially family lawyers – have at the difficulties for litigants in person in the present family breakdown legal process.

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Divided we stand

The High Court have just reached a determination in a case involving seven children – Re S (Children : Care proceedings) 2014.

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Extinction bursts

Northamptonshire NHS Trust v Another 2014.

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popping your towel on a sunlounger to bask in English justice

Every once in a while, looking up from a life of flea-bites, crack cocaine and bureaucracy, it is nice to see how the other half live - Chai v Peng 2014.

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The Local Authority do have to participate in an appeal against orders they applied for

Re S (Children W &T) 2014.

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Mediation works best when a case is under way

Can compulsory attendance of separating couples at MIAMs reduce the burden on our congested courts, asks Marilyn Stowe.

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PR with a low profile

Hidden away in Schedule 2 to the Children & Families Act 2014 are some amendments to s12 of the Children Act 1989 which not everyone has yet noticed.

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Role of the appellate Court

Re B (A child) 2014.

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Thirteen year old has the capacity to terminate pregnancy

The case is Re A (a child) 2014.

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Press has no direct role in welfare proceedings in Court of Protection

Sir James Munby, President of the Court of Protection has ruled that the Daily Mail has no standing to be joined as a party in welfare proceedings in relation to a vulnerable adult who has been declared by the courts as lacking capacity under the Mental Health Act.

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Special Guardianship versus adoption

Ever since Re B-S, there has been a potential issue for the Courts to resolve – given that Re B-S talks about the test in leave to oppose being not about whether a parent might get the child back necessarily but about whether the Court might make an order OTHER THAN Adoption, with the test for making an adoption order still being ‘nothing else will do’ – what happens if a parent invites the Court to leave the child in the placement, but make a Special Guardianship Order rather than an adoption order?

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Successful appeal against placement order

The Court of Appeal’s decision in Re R (A child) 2014 and why an appeal is now even worse news for a Local Authority.

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Coming soon to a laptop or handheld device of your choosing…

Lucy Reed introduces her new going to court videos for litigants in person.

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Is it ‘game on’ for strategies to side-step liability?

James Pirrie, director at Family Law in Partnership, gives an overview of the possible consequences of the decision in Hakki in relation to child support.

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the article 8 right is to family life, not a happy family life

Another case involving unregulated artificial conception of a child, and the difficulty in resolving the fall out afterwards - L v C 2014.

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Blood transfusion and Jehovah’s Witnesses part 2

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust and RC 2014.

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Re KP: A child's meeting with the judge is not for the purpose of gathering evidence

A brief summary of Re KP [2014] EWCA Civ 554.

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Misuse of police protection – human rights claim

The High Court have ruled on a case involving the misuse of police protection in Re A-W & C (children) 2014.

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Surrogacy arrangements made overseas

Re WT (A child) 2014.

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Pah-pah-pah-poker face

Hakki v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2014.

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“Welfare of the child : Parental involvement”

There was quite a lot of debate about the wording of the new section 11 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

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How to cope with family law reform

So, as from 22 April 2014 everything has changed (or has it?).

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Chartwell: The Wages of Delay

Compliance on time with court orders, rules and practice direction.

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Transparent with our hands behind our backs

A post from the point of view of those of us who would like to improve the quality of publicly available information and inform debate about family law.

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Bundles

The President’s new rules about bundles.

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The President’s decision in Re S (26 weeks and extensions)

This case really turns on the provisions of the Children and Family Act 2014 that come into force on Tuesday 22nd April.

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Withdrawing care proceedings

Re J, A, M and X (Children) 2013.

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The Musings of Chairman Ag on the Financial Remedies Unit

Some readers of this blog will have received my e-mail, sent in my capacity as Chair of Resolution’s London Regional Group, about the operation of the “Financial Remedies Unit” at the Principal Registry – very soon to be re-designated the Central Family Court.

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Surrey seems to be the hardest word

The High Court decision in Surrey County Council v AB and Others 2014.

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Ethical dilemmas and blood transfusions

This is part one of a Court of Protection decision about a very difficult case, throwing up ethical dilemmas.

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Adoption proceedings – member of extended family wishing to challenge

The Court of Appeal dealt with the appeal of a non-parent who was not given permission to oppose the making of an adoption order.

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Eve’s Law: addresses of domestic violence victims must be kept secret

Now signed by 87 MPs, Early Day Motion 900 so called “Eve’s Law” is calling for the greater protection of safe addresses.

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Step-parent adoption – telling the birth father

The High Court have just considered this issue in A and B v P Council 2014.

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Secure accommodation and seventeen year olds

This is a decision of His Honour Judge Wildblood QC, sitting as a High Court judge - A County Council v B 2013.

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Proportionality and harm

Holman J has given judgment in an appeal, London Borough of Ealing v JM and Others 2014

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Jarndyce without the trust fund

In JM v CZ [2014] EWHC 1125 (Fam), Mostyn J makes a number of helpful remarks about injunctions, undertakings, return dates and costs.

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10 things you need to know about family law reform

As I’ve been busily head down writing and updating content with seemingly endless law reform changes over the past few months (and we are currently at the eye of the storm…) I thought I would list ten important things about family law reform in 2014.

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Looking for a Hair Drug & Alcohol Testing Service?

Cellmark brings our renowned level of scientific rigour, chain of custody management and industry leading customer service to a comprehensive hair drug and alcohol testing service targeted squarely at solicitors and local authorities.

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Irascible does not mean incapable – Court of Protection

Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group v IA (By the Official Solicitor as his Litigation Friend) [2014] EWHC 990 (COP) 3 April 2014.

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Adoption breakdown research

A lot of people, including the House of Lords when they asked questions about the rate of adoption breakdown and found that there was no clear answer, have been wanting to see some good research on adoption breakdowns.

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Care proceedings involving disabilities and /or deafness

The Court of Appeal examined a case involving a father who was deaf, and overturned the Care Order and Placement Order, sending it back for rehearing - Re C (A Child) 2014.

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J-M (Child): Fair and thorough treatment

A summary of J-M (Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 434, a father's appeal against an order that he should have no direct contact with his son.

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The Tithe is high, and I’m rolling on

The Court of Protection’s decision in relation to a man allegedly suffering from a delusion that he was the Messiah and his desire to give 10% of his income to the Church by way of tithe.

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Intervening lodger

The Court of Appeal decision in Re H (a Child) 2014.

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Come In Number 1 Your Time Is Up

Lucy Reed imagines how her interview with the President might have gone.

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Thoughts on a philosophy of family law

This post proposes a new way of looking at family law: as at a spectrum from mediation (which comes first) to a real concern for rights and the further end of that spectrum.

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Guardians are not a ‘neutral party’ and don’t get brownie points

MW v Hertfordshire County Council 2014 raises a number of important points for family law practitioners.

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Financial remedy cases: keeping things in proportion

Barrister Andrew Wastall looks at proportionality in financial remedy applications.

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Gestational parents, non-genetic mothers, siblings with different mothers: family law in a quandary

Re G (Children) demonstrates the tension between legal parenthood and biological parenthood in times when both legislation and common law are struggling to keep up with the possibilities offered by reproductive medicine.

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Go to Court on an egg

Even by HFEA case standards, this one takes some following. Although as we know from the High Court we are all expected to be experts in the HFEA now. It is Re G (Children) 2014.

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What do you need to know about the updated family court forms?

In advance of the coming into force of the provisions of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, introducing a single family court for England and Wales, updated court forms are anticipated to take effect from 22 April 2014.

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D (A Child): Father's appeal against order terminating PR fails

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the father's appeal against the termination of his parental responsibility, in D (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 315.

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What’s app Doc Crippen?

The case of London Borough of Tower Hamlets v Alli and Others turns on the evidence having been obtained through Whatsapp.

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There is some corner of a foreign field that is forever not part of the Hague Convention

The quirky case of Leicester City Council v Chhatbar 2014 – which features without a doubt the best application for permission to appeal I’ve ever read.

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Foster to adopt

Another bite-sized nibble at the Children and Families Act 2014.

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A gilded cage is still a cage (Lady Hale finally wins one!)

The Supreme Court’s decision in Cheshire West and Chester.

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Preparation for the single family court

What changes to procedure do family lawyers need to be aware of?

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X and Y (Children : Disclosure of judgment) 2014

This is a case arising from care proceedings where the parents gave evidence about physical injuries to a child, and a judgment was given that the father had caused the injuries and told lies about it. The police sought disclosure (wanted to see) the judgments in the care proceedings.

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Obtaining a fresh assessment late in proceedings

Re Z (A Child : Independent Social Work Assessment) 2014.

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Applying for contact AFTER a child is adopted

The new section 51A of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, which makes provision for applications for contact AFTER an adoption order has been made, inserted by the new Children and Families Act 2014.

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Mediation – what makes you think you have a choice?

In this special guest post, barrister and mediator Andrzej Bojarski examines the contrasting roles of mediation in civil and family courts.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Funding Applications - Lessons for Solicitors Learned in the Trenches

On 10 March, Mostyn J handed down his decision in the case of Rubin -v- Rubin [2014] EWHC 611 (Fam). We were solicitors for the Applicant Wife in the proceedings.

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The new radicals

The philosophical issues thrown up by Re M, and Not the Nine O’clock news.

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relatives and 26 weeks – a reported Auntie Beryl case

Suesspiciousminds looks at Re K (A minor) 2013.

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Legal Aid Agency wasteful and inefficient (also important news about the Pope’s religion of choice)

Re R (Children : Temporary Leave to Remain) 2014.

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Why an inquisitorial system for family courts won’t work

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, delivered a speech last week in which he radically called for a judge-led inquisitorial system to be considered for family and civil courts.

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Clare’s Law in the Community

Lucy Reed looks again at 'Clare's Law', after its national rollout.

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Statutory backing for pre-nups – a welcome proposal

Pre-nups do not currently have statutory backing, but this may be about to change.

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Rubin v Rubin: The principles applicable to LSPOs

A 'quick and dirty' look at Rubin v Rubin [2014] EWHC 611 (Fam), in which Mr Justice Mostyn set out the principles applicable to applications for legal services payment orders ('LSPOs'), pursuant to s.22ZA MCA, inserted by s.49 LASPO.

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Concessions and fact-finding

The High Court dealt with these issues in a case called Re AS (A child) 2014.

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Manuela Sykes

Manuela Sykes, from what I have read about her, sounds like an amazing woman. I hope that her actions in this case make a difference for others like her in the future.

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Incapacity cannot be deduced from isolated incidents of eccentric reasoning

The Court of Protection decision in Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and JB 2014.

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Child neglect law – unnecessary tinkering, unintended consequences

The Child Maltreatment Bill has barely progressed towards the statute book – and perhaps with good reason.

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Mixed messages

The search for answers continues in the family court system, says Marilyn Stowe.

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Pre-nuptial agreements – legal endorsement round the corner?

The law in respect of pre-nuptial agreements is developing rapidly.

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Donating your… ahem… time

The High Court have recently dealt with another case (there have been a lot, relatively speaking) where a man (DB) fathered a child for two women in a relationship and later wanted to have more contact than the two mothers had in mind.

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Fair to Fathers?

Martin Narey has made a foray into commentary about the family court’s role in private law proceedings, in the shape of an article in today’s Times.

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X-box mother – the judgment

Suesspiciousminds examines RS v SS [2013].

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Re B-S can itself be the change of circumstances

The Prospective Adopters v London Borough of Croydon 2014.

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The Double Digit Diet

Lucy Reed looks at the 10th View from the President's Chambers.

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The war on cut and paste

If you have ever drafted Facts and Reasons for the Magistrate’s Court, or ever seen Facts and Reasons drafted by one of the parties, you are going to want to read this.

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10th View from the President’s Chambers

The President of the Family Division has issued his 10th View from the President’s Chambers.

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“Beyond Argument” – Siblings Should Be Kept Together In Their “daily life”

Within a space of 2 weeks I’ve been involved in 2 cases where a Local Authority sought to separate siblings in questionable circumstances.

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Reporting Restriction Order – Swansea

The decision in Swansea v XZ and Another 2014.

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S v S: Non-disclosure only material if order would have been substantially different

Briefly: Financial remedies hearing concluded after parties reached agreement. Wife's application to resume hearing on grounds of fraudulent non-disclosure by the husband was dismissed. Wife appealed. Appeal dismissed.

Full post: Family Lore

“Mandatory” mediation – not mandatory enough!

In recent weeks there has been widespread reporting of government measures to introduce “mandatory mediation” for separating couples.

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Ryder LJ and the Meaning of Non-Accidental Injury

A couple of weeks ago, the Court of Appeal (Tomlinson, Ryder and Christopher Clarke LJJ) gave judgment in Re S (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 25.

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Mostyn-tacious – a judgment that makes your temples throb

The case of Re D (A child) 2014 presented Mostyn J with a very very serious issue to try.

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A word in your shell-like

Appeals, adoption, writing a cheque for costs and ‘informal discussions’ - Re C (A Child) 2014.

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unchartered waters

The limits of current medical knowledge on fractures and rickets, discussed in the case of A Local Authority v M and Others 2013.

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“You can’t see me”

Withholding documents in Court proceedings from a party, and documents being shown to that party’s lawyer - RC v CC and Another 2014.

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It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness

"For about the past four years now I have been indulging in that respected pass time of Arguing With People who are Wrong on the Internet." Says guest poster Sarah Phillimore.

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Invasion of the baby snatchers

Lucy Reed looks at an article in the Guardian: The benefit cap is supporting state child abuse.

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Domestic abuse – why creating a specific offence is not the answer

Michelle Heeley examines whether a new offence of Domestic Abuse is necessary.

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Escalating legal fees – why family judges need to “get a grip”

Legal fees in family proceedings hit the headlines with Young v Young – the now infamous seven year divorce case which saw £6.5m spent on one side’s legal costs alone.

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Enjoy the (right to) silence

Suesspiciousminds looks at A Local Authority v DG and Others 2014.

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Split-hearings and “non-accidental injuries”

The Court of Appeal decision in Re S (A child) 2014.

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Transparency and Facebook

Suesspiciousminds looks at Re B (A Child) 2014.

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Habitual residence and a child’s state of mind

Family analysis: the relevance of the state of mind of children when determining their habitual residence is examined by David Williams QC, of 4 Paper Buildings, in the light of the Supreme Court judgment in Re LC.

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Pulling back the curtain of privacy in family and Court of Protection proceedings

New guidance on transparency in proceedings has been published by the President of the Family Division and of the Court of Protection, Sir James Munby.

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Do we ask our clients enough questions?

Recently the media has been full of headlines like ‘Woman sues solicitors because they “did not explain that finalising her divorce would terminate her marriage”’. But what is the reality behind the headlines?

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Re Ramet: Contemnor not to be punished twice for the same conduct

A quick note about Ramet, Re application for the committal to prison [2014] EWHC 56 (Fam), handed down by the President today.

Full post: Family Lore

Transparency Guidance

Suesspiciousminds considers the President's guidance on transparency.

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And suddenly it all becomes clear…

And so the President has finally delivered his guidance as long anticipated, regarding transparency.

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Transparency in the Family Courts and the Court of Protection

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has issued important new guidance on “Transparency in the Family Courts: Publication of Judgments” and “Transparency in the Court of Protection: Publication of Judgments”.

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The right to her ill partner’s sperm – what are the issues in High Court “test case”?

A “test case” is reportedly being brought in the High Court in February 2014 to determine whether a woman has the right to “harvest” her seriously ill partner’s sperm.

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Let’s make habitual residence a bit more complicated

The Supreme Court have handed down their decision in LC (Children) No 2 2014.

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This means nothing to me, ahhhhh Vienna

The decision of the President in Re E (A Child) 2014.

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S v S: Guidance on applications to give effect to arbitral awards

The President has given guidance about the proper approach of the court to applications for the approval of consent orders which have been lodged with the court following, and intended to give effect to, arbitral awards, in S v S [2014] EWHC 7 (Fam).

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Brussels Sprouts II – this time it’s jurisdictional

Suesspiciousminds looks at the case Re D (A child) 2013.

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