It is lawful to make ICOs under repeated s37, I say it is lawful to make ICOs

A discussion of RE K (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1549 which has just been decided in the Court of Appeal.

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Myths about fostering and adoption - Dr Julie Doughty

On Friday, 23 November, the Daily Telegraph published a story about foster carers in Rotherham who had three children removed from their care, eight weeks after an emergency placement, because of the carers’ membership of a political party, namely the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

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Court of Appeal rules against disclosure in divorce case

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Secretary of State for the Home Office have succeeded in an appeal against an order that they disclose documents relating to the international criminal activities of a former solicitor.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Court of Appeal throws out girlfriend’s claim to house

Should a former cohabitant who has had a child and worked in a successful business which has helped maintain the house he owns in his sole name be able to claim over that property when the relationship ends?

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

'Social work reform is key to reforming family justice'

If children are to get a better deal from the family courts, reform must extend throughout the care system, writes Cafcass chief executive Anthony Douglas.

Full post: The Children's Services Blog

More on Vitamin D and rickets

A discussion of the Court of Appeal decision in Re C (A child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1477 (16 November 2012).

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Sharbatly v Shagroon: You must be married to get divorced

A summary of Sharbatly v Shagroon [2012] EWCA Civ 1507 (21 November 2012).

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Perspectives of young adults who experienced parental separation Study published

The report is an empirical study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, and looks at how the contact arrangements made by separating parents for their children affect children’s long-term relationships with their parents throughout their childhood and then into adulthood.

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You can’t take it with you?

A knotty issue about Special Guardianship:- “If a Special Guardian appoints a guardian to have PR for the child in the event of their death, would that stand up if a parent challenged it?”

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What judges expect from social workers in the family courts

Family court judge Penny Reeves explains what judges expect from social workers in the family courts, and how her two expert guides for Community Care Inform can help social workers meet those expectations.

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On a Rydering to Nothing

Lucy Reed discusses Mr Justice Ryder's speech to the ALC Conference.

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Take my breath away

A discussion of A Local Authority v A mother and others 2012.

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G (A Child): Will the lawyers take some responsibility for the future conduct of this case?

In this post I intend to mention just one point arising from the judgment in G (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1408 (31 August 2012), which has just appeared on Bailii.

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If you’re thinking of placing my baby, it don’t matter if it’s black or white

The Government have published its draft proposals to amend the Adoption and Children Act 2002.

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Privacy and financial settlements

A v A [2012] is the first reported case on the reporting of financial remedy proceedings in the family courts by the media.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

G (Children): The difficulties that courts face when the parties are unrepresented

A summary of G (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1434, which involved an appeal against the variation of a shared residence order and termination of contact.

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Government opts for shared parenting presumptions

In news which should be welcomed by family lawyers across the country, the government has announced that it plans to legislate for a legal presumption in favour of shared parenting.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Delegation’s all you need

"I have heard a rumour of Local Authorities purporting to delegate their P.R. (obtained pursuant to interim care orders) to proposed carers (foster carers, extended family members etc) whom they support as long term carers for children in their care but who would otherwise not qualify for legal aid, as a device in order to trigger non means non merits tested legal aid – for example in order to secure funds for representation of proposed special guardians."

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Taking neglect seriously

Some interesting research about children’s timescales and the Court process, which has been conducted by the Childhood Wellbeing Research Council.

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it cannot be right for the Court of Appeal to be asked to case manage cases retrospectively.

A discussion of Re G (A child) 2012 EWCA Civ 1377.

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