Radicalism and the Family Courts

Remember the three girls from Bethnal Green Academy, who in February slipped through Gatwick security to join so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)?

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Surge in non-molestation orders since LASPO

Has the so-called 'domestic violence gateway' to legal aid introduced when legal aid was abolished for most private law family matters led to the system being abused by those in need of legal aid?

Full post: Family Lore

Transparency in the Family Court: judge allows publication of article about children in care

Tickle v Council of the Borough of North Tyneside and others [2015] EWHC 2991 (Fam) (19 October 2015).

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Court of Appeal castigates judge’s conclusion on deprivation of liberty

KW (by her litigation friend) and others v Rochdale Council (Court of Appeal) [2015] EWCA Civ 1054.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Fast and the Furious – Tunbridge Wells Drift

Medway Council v M &T 2015.

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We’ve gone on holiday by mistake

Re M (Children) No 2  2015.

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A little free advice

Lucy says no more pro bono or unpaid “stuff” for a while.

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Application to set aside a familyproceedings order - a procedural guide

Some preliminary thoughts in the form of a rough procedural guide on setting aside a financial order in family proceedings after Sharland & Gohil.

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What Do Sharland & Gohil Mean For Me?

This is a guest post written by the super Zoe Saunders, who has saved me the trouble of having to digest the judgments of the Supreme Court in Sharland v Sharland [2015] UKSC 60 and Gohil v Gohil [2015] UKSC 61.

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Supreme Court allows appeals in Sharland and Gohil

The Supreme Court has allowed both wives’ appeals in Sharland v Sharland [2015] UKSC 60 and Gohil v Gohil [2015] UKSC 61.

Full post: Family Law Blog

…and a small voice in me wept for justice

The most recent addition to the Family Division bench McDonald J could be heard uttering – in H v A (No2) [2015] EWHC 2630 (Fam), McDonald J (17 September 2015) – the following (and, as I read it, a small voice in me wept for justice).

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Court of Protection upholds the right of a confused, lonely man to refuse treatment

Wye Valley NHS Trust v B (Rev 1) [2015] EWCOP 60 (28 September 2015).

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Unlawful removal of a child, compensation paid

Re AS (unlawful removal of a child) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

I am sailing, I am sailing – judicial recusal

Mackay v Mackay 2015.

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Court proceedings were a shambles

In the case of Re K-L (Children) 2015, the Court of Appeal had to unpick an appeal centred around a judgment of Her Honour Judge Lyon after a finding of fact hearing in care proceedings.

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Vulnerable Individuals And Children In Family Proceedings

This response to the Ministry of Justice draft consultation on amendments to Family Procedure Rules 2010 in relation to children and vulnerable individuals (‘the draft’) is prepared by David Burrows.

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Sticks and stones…

Domestic violence is now widely understood to encompass more than punches, and to affect both men and women.

Full post: Pink Tape

Parents’ wish to treat child’s cancer with Chinese medicine overruled by Family Court

JM (a child), Re [2015] EWHC 2832 (Fam), 7 October 2015.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Parents found innocent of child abuse after their baby was removed and adopted – an explanation

This case has been much reported in the press over the last 48 hours or so. I have been asked specifically to write about it via twitter, so here is a bit of context to help people understand what it’s all about.

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Missing boy and cancer treatment

Re JM (a child) 2015.

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Does Article 8 survive adoption?

There has been further consideration of potential post-adoption Article 8 rights for natural parents in a judgment by Peter Jackson J in the case of Seddon v Oldham MBC.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Section 76 and the Serious Crime Act on Radio Suffolk

Section 76 deals with ‘Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship’, defining such activity for the first time as illegal.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Adoption and immigration

FAS v Secretary of State for the Home Department and Bradford MBC 2015.

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NRA and Others 2015 (the Charles J DoLS case)

This is Charles J’s decision in a group of linked cases designed to test whether in a case where a vulnerable person’s liberty is being deprived as a result of their care package, that person HAS to be represented.

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You wouldn’t ask a restaurant critic to write the review without tasting the food

Judith Masson has just published her research on judicial feedback – it’s a very readable piece of research and has a lot of interesting nuggets within it.

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The pitfalls of surrogacy arrangements

Natasha Slabas highlights deficiencies in the law relating to surrogacy and the need for reform.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Family court power to order interim sale & end occupation of family home

Can the family court order the family home, or indeed any other family property, to be sold (with vacant possession given on sale) and the proceeds distributed on an interim basis before the final financial settlement?

Full post: DavidHodson.com

Threshold again

Threshold threshold threshold….

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An unmusical Mozart – a patient’s right to say no to surgery

The Court of Protection dealt with a challenging case in Wye Valley NHS Trust v B 2015.

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No winners here only losers

The Court of Appeal dealt with an intractable contact case in Re Q  a child 2015.

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