Ace! Genius! And other superlatives.

Lucy Reed considers the guidance issued by HMCTS Civil and Family Operations Branch on the use of e-mail in the Civil and Family Courts.

Full post: Pink Tape

Hair we go again – or blip versus tip

What the heck do we do with hair strand tests following Bristol City Council v AA and Others 2012 ?

Full post: suesspiciousminds

an englishwoman’s home is her castle (unless she is 82) ?

A race through KK v STCC 2012 – on deprivation of liberty, capacity and Court of Protection.

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Sex abuse allegations against parent should be disclosed in contact proceedings

The Court of Appeal has ordered the the disclosure of serious allegations made against a parent by an anonymous third party in contact proceedings.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Judge’s discretion

A discussion of the recent judgment of Lord Justice Ward in the case of Al-Saffar v Al-Saffar [2012] EWCA Civ 1103.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Is there truly such a thing as an ‘anonymous’ referral?

A discussion of Re J (A Child:Disclosure) 2012.

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Re J (A Child: Disclosure): Public Interest Immunity

Re J (A Child: Disclosure) [2012] EWCA Civ 1204 concerned an appeal against the dismissal of an application for disclosure by the local authority of details relating to serious allegations of sexual abuse against the father.

Full post: Family Lore

Be wary of befriending clients

Getting involved with clients is not only unprofessional, it might put you in 
a difficult position when billing for your work, says Marilyn Stowe.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Family preservation versus child rescue

I was kindly sent Dr Peter Dale’s response to the Government consultation on contact with children in care, and sibling placement in adoption.

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has a point been spectacularly missed? (warning, contains some maths)

The LSC have decided that from 1st October 2012, any application for Prior Authority on experts will be refused (unless it is a request which goes above the codified hourly rates).

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A few words about the private law draft legislation on Family Justice

Further to my post on Monday announcing the publication of draft legislation introducing changes to the operation of the family justice system as recommended by the Family Justice Review, I thought I would make a few comments upon the private law provisions.

Full post: Family Lore

As one door closes another opens

Lucy Reed's response to the shared parenting consultation.

Full post: Pink Tape

finally, something to get our teeth into

The Government have published their proposed legislation to bring about the Family Justice Review.

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Maybe baby: commercial surrogacy and the Subcontinent

Marilyn Stowe looks at the rise of multinational surrogacy arrangements and asks whether it is time to take another look at British surrogacy laws.

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Who’s the daddy?

Marilyn Stowe considers applications for declarations of paternity, and two recent cases.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog