The danger of crusades

In the last few months, the Daily Express has been running a ‘Crusade’ (their label) with the banner ‘End This Injustice’. Under this banner they have published a number of accounts from mothers who tell of abuse at the hands of the fathers of their children, and a failure by the Family Court to protect them.

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Ladds ladds ladds

The Court of Appeal give guidance on how to challenge findings of fact made where the ground to do so is as a result of fresh evidence - Re E (Children :Reopening findings of fact) 2019.

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Paternity complexity

AB v CD (No 1) 2019 and AB v CD (no 2) 2019.

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Mend law and save tragic kids?

It’s a common mistake for journalists (and others) to refer to the Children’s Act. Pedantic family lawyers bristle at this (it’s the Children Act). But pedantry aside, this error is often a clue that something has been written without much input from a lawyer. And so it seems with the Sunday Mirror’s various campaign pieces published today about the law on protecting children from violent parents, which feature far worse mistakes than punctuation.

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An example of why headlines matter

Lucy Reed looks at a case in which a father committed suicide after his contact was restricted.

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How to challenge findings of fact about children

The Court of Appeal has issued a judgment which clarifies when and how a parent who has been the subject of findings of fact can challenge those findings. This post summarises that new guidance.

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How does the family court treat domestic abuse?: A ‘snapshot’ (continued – part 6)

 Sophie Smith-Holland looks at the case A Local Authority v C [2019] EWHC 1782 (Fam) (12 April 2019).

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Can an adoption order be undone? – New case

Three years ago, I wrote a blog post, ‘Can an adoption order be undone?’ The answer was, only in very exceptional circumstances. A new High Court judgment, ZH v HS & others, has not broken any new ground, but gives us a further example of the sort of procedural flaws that are so serious they undermine the granting of the order.

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What’s behind the headline: “Babies living with abusive parents under 24-hour CCTV, as Children’s Commissioner calls for review into the ‘Big Brother-style’ centres”?

Last week, the Telegraph ran a piece from their social affairs correspondent Gabriella Swerling under this alarming headline. The piece is detailed and contains some quotes from lawyers and the Children’s Commissioner for England. In this blogpost we ask: what is really behind this headline?

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Release of hearings documents in family proceedings: Part 2

Release of hearings documents: general principles.

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Is a link a publication?

In the case of Medway Council v Root 2019, a mother was found to be in contempt of Court orders prohibiting her from publishing certain items about the care proceedings and her children, and having previously been given suspended sentences for earlier breaches, was given a nine month custodial sentence.

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The “long arm” of the police – how “confidential “ are family proceedings?

“Not very” seems to be the answer in the Court of Appeal decision in M (Children) [ 2019] EWCA Civ 1364.

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How does the family court treat domestic abuse?: A ‘snapshot’ (continued – part 5)

SD v AFH (Appeal: Coercive and controlling behaviour: Inference or speculation) [2019] EWHC 1513 (Fam) (13 June 2019).

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Release of hearings documents and open justice in the Supreme Court

Access by non-parties to court documents - Cape Intermediate v Dring.

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Can the Family Court be trusted with the law?…

The law and ‘own initiative’ orders: Family Procedure Rules 2010 r 4.3.

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Hounds of justice

J and K (Flawed ABE Interview) [2019] EWFC B36 (14 February 2019).

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Supreme Court’s decision in asbestos case: guidance bearing on transparency in family courts

This post explains how a civil case about harm caused by asbestos can have implications for transparency relevant to family courts.

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That, frankly, hit me like a dart

Shokrollah-Babaee v Shokrollah-Babae [2019] EWHC 2135 (Fam) (25 July 2019).

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The Princess and the FMP Order

The mainstream media reports that Princess Haya of Dubai has been at the Royal Courts of Justice this week, seeking forced marriage protection orders (FMPOs) in respect of one of her children.

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Dingoes ate my decree absolute

Power v Vidal 2019.

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