Template Orders – the drafting lawyer’s friend

As Suesspicious Minds has recently pointed out there is a consultation about NEW, IMPROVED template orders. It's only open until 16 April.

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When Expert Evidence Goes Wrong – the lessons to be learned

C (interim judgment on expert evidence) [2018] EWFC B9 (24 January 2018).

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Judge versus Fostering Panel

Re T (A child) 2018  EWCA Civ 650.

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Would I lie to you baby, would I lie to you?

Re AB 2016 EWCOP 66.

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Why the Court of Protection gave permission for blood samples to be taken in Skripal poisoning case

The case provides an interesting and topical example of the Court of Protection’s work, as well as covering issues of transparency, jurisdiction and the rule of law.

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Breach of a court order in family proceedings

In what type of case and for how long should a person be sent to prison?

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Q : What happens when you break an order made by the family court? A : Prison, that’s what

There have been a couple of examples of family court judges sending people to prison for deliberately ignoring their orders.

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Salisbury Nerve agent attack - Court of Protection decision

On 21st March, in the Court of Protection, Mr Justice Williams made a number of declarations relating to Mr Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, both victims of the Salisbury attack on 4th March.

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Time for constructive divorce

Nigel Shepherd, national head of family law at Mills & Reeve and national chair of Resolution, explains the reasons behind Resolution’s successful application to intervene in the Supreme Court appeal in Owens v Owens, and plans for the no fault divorce campaign going forward.

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Judge tells lawyers off for talking over one another in court

In a judgment published on the BAILII website this week, a High Court Judge, Mr Justice MacDonald has criticized barristers involved in a case concerning the contact a 13 year old girl should have with her father, for the way they constantly interrupted one another.

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Cringe

A v R & Anor 2018.

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Step-parent adoption order set aside where court misled

A father’s appeal out of time was allowed and a step-parent adoption order set aside as a result of deception by the applicants. Nasstassia Hylton, barrister at 1 Garden Court Chambers, considers the decision in Re J (Adoption: Appeal) [2018] EWFC 8 and looks at the serious consequences of giving false information to the courts.

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An utterly misconceived application

Re SW (no 2) 2018.

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Local Authority unlawfully caring for child for four years (section 20 abuse)

Herefordshire Council v AB 2018.

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Use of Police Protection – a guide for social workers

This is intended to be a simple one page guide for social workers as to what to think about when Police Protection is being considered as a route of a child coming into care.

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Use of section 20 – a guide for social workers

I thought it might be helpful to share the guidance I prepared for my own social work department with others.

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DAM (I wish I was your lover)

Re DAM (Children) 2018.

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The role of transparency in rebuilding public trust and confidence

As we noted in ‘Transparency Project News’ in July [2017] Fam Law 778, August 2017 is the third anniversary of Sir James Munby’s Transparency – the next steps consultation (still available on the judiciary website).

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Crisis in care – crisis in confidence?

In November 2017 Family Rights Group launched an enquiry into the causes of the increasing numbers of children in care and in care proceedings.

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On how to pay and indemnify your ex-spouse for mortgage repayments

A tale of a Southampton consent order.

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What’s the difference between an allocation and a transfer?

This post is an attempt to explain a rather technical piece of guidance that was issued yesterday.

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Financial relief disclosure: a miscellany of meanings

‘Self-help’ documents: when in law does the duty arise?

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