When should I apply for permission not to notify a father about a court case concerning his child?

Since the Sammy Woodhouse story first hit the news on Tuesday the shape of the campaign she has launched for a change in the law relating to the rights of rapist fathers has apparently gone through a number of changes.

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Contested divorce

VW v BH (Contested Divorce Proceedings) [2018] EWFC B68 (05 November 2018).

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Robed in confusion – are wigs and gowns a symbol of open justice?

A High Court judge has recently said that when the Court of Protection sits in open court, so that members of the public can attend if they wish, the barristers should all be wearing wigs and gowns as they do in most other courts, to send a clear message about transparency and open justice.

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Did a council ‘act perversely’ to offer a jailed rapist a chance to see his victim’s child?

Today sees another Andrew Norfolk front page article in The Times about the wrongs committed in the Family Court and by social services. Sadly, just like last time, this is a sensationalised headline and article which ignores some important facts and legal context.

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Allegations of domestic abuse : are family courts working for children & families?

Last Thursday The Transparency Project facilitated a panel discussion at Gresham College to ask the question : Allegations of domestic abuse – are family courts working for children & families?

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How do social workers approach domestic abuse?

This is a guest post by a social work manager who wishes to remain anonymous. It responds to an article by journalist and Transparency Project member Louise Tickle which appeared in the Guardian last week.

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Appeals in family proceedings: the rules diverge

Rule-makers often make things needlessly difficult for parties to family proceedings. An example, for which there should have been no need if the rule-makers took a little care (and co-operated with one another) is for those involved appeals from family courts decisions.

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Dealing With Parents’ Conflict And Unreasonable Behaviour

A Talk by Sir James Munby (lately President of the Family Division) at the Annual General Meeting / Conference of NACCC, Amersham 24 November 2018.

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Domestic Abuse Guidance Note launched

The Transparency Project is proud to launch its latest guidance note on the topic of domestic abuse today.

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Domestic abuse in the family courts: how can proceedings be made more civilised? (2)

Domestic abuse: making proceedings less frightening.

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Why does the Family Court hear domestic abuse cases in private

In her Guardian article, ‘Why do we separate the mother and child victims of domestic abuse’ (20 November 2018) Louise Tickle drew attention to the dire circumstances of mothers who lost their children because of domestic violence.

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Direct Contact within Adoption – A Guest Post

Originally posted on her own Blog, MummyTiger granted us permission to post her story here for our readers.

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Shut out of the Process: Litigants’ Experiences in the post-LASPO Family Court

This is a guest post by Jess Mant, a lecturer in law at Cardiff University, who has undertaken research directly with unrepresented litigants about their experiences in family courts.

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Evidence in family proceedings: recent case law and comments

Burden of proof in family proceedings.

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When is immediate not immediate?

Re K (A child) 2018.

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Call for Greater Transparency for Generation Tagged

This week the Children’s Commissioner’s published a new report, which touches on important issues about how children need greater protection in today’s digital world.

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Car crash, Hot Tub, (wish they had a) Time Machine

Z v Kent County Council (Revocation of placement order – Failure to assess Mother’s capacity and Grandparents) [2018] EWFC B65 (18 October 2018).

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Imprisoned Harts

I thought I should update the blog post I wrote about the acrimonious case Hart v Hart, because there have been new developments.

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An impressive judgment about a ‘car crash’ of a case

On 18th October Her Honour Judge Lazarus handed down judgment in the case of Z v Kent County Council (Revocation of placement order – Failure to assess Mother’s capacity and Grandparents).

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Fathers’ group claims parents and lawyers fraudulently claim legal aid (again)

On Saturday 13 October, Families Need Fathers sent us a document called Analysis of Post LASPO Use of Non-Molestation Orders and said it was embargoed until the following Monday.

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