State should pay for representation and witnesses in private child disputes

Q v Q ; Re B (a child) ; Re C (a child) [2014] EWFC 31 – 6 August 2014.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Parents deciding not to go ahead with cancer treatment

This piece is more about the general principle of whether a parent has the right to decide what is best for their child, or whether the doctors have the final say?

Full post: suesspiciousminds

'Transparency' made simple

‘Open justice’: the common law starting point.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Domestic abuse: how to tackle non-violent control

Those who abuse their partners through coercive and controlling behaviour, such as depriving them of money, could face prison under a proposed new offence.

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Are surrogates and parents losing out due to a lack of global surrogacy laws?

The recent Thai surrogacy story has raised questions over the morality of surrogacy in third world destinations and the legal status of all involved.

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Go directly to the Ninth Circle of Hell, do not pass Go

The President’s decision sitting in the High Court, in Re W (Children) 2014 [2014 EWFC 22].

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Consultation: Sir James is but one voice...

‘Guidance’: not consultation by a public body.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Muddled law and the set aside jurisdiction

Setting aside a consent order.

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Capacity and financial consent orders

MAP v RAP 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Epilepsy and rib fractures

This is a County Court decision on a finding of fact hearing, involving a child of two Brazilian parents who sustained a rib fracture.

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“I need not descend into detail”

So said the original trial judge in Re B (Children : Long Term Foster Care ) 2014.

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Consulatation: Fairness, law and the administrative process

Fairness and family law reform.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Family court consultation: Fig-leaves and Freudian slips

Consultation: the deluge and some dates.

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‘Transparency’: Not all about children: publicity after Cooper-Hohn

Case management, publicity and Cooper-Hohn v Hohn.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Hashtag keepitoutofcourt

I’ve noticed that the MoJ twitter account has a fondness for the hashtag #keepitoutofcourt.

Full post: Pink Tape

Family law reform: the missing pieces

Fiona Wood, family practice group leader at Pannone part of Slater & Gordon, discusses how the recent reforms have affected her practice.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Adoption and Islam : Milton Keynes and the Diet of Worms

Milton Keynes v X and Y 2014.

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Baby removed from mother at birth: a look at reporting restrictions orders

Nasstassia Hylton of 1 Garden Court Chambers looks at X County Council v M & Ors.

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Consultations in progress per President's 13th fenestral musing

There are probably as many as five (perhaps more) consultations under way.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

step-parent adoptions and nothing else will do

The Court of Appeal in Re P (a child) 2014 considered an appeal from a Judge who refused a step-parent adoption having applied the law.

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Relinquishing for adoption and nothing else will do

This High Court case Coventry City Council and A 2014 deals with the relinquished adoption issue.

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Inadequate welfare evidence

Re R (A child: Inadequate Welfare Evidence) 2014.

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Aspirational Acronyms

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a document entitled “Guidance to LFJBs on Quarterly Performance Reporting Template”. It’s a crackin’ read I can tell y’all.

Full post: Pink Tape

Family law reform: the impact on clients

Grant Howell, partner in the family law team at Charles Russell, discusses how the recent reforms have affected his practice.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Should the press be able to report the evidence in a financial remedy case?

There was before the court a substantive hearing in respect of financial claims arising from divorce proceedings between a husband and wife (Cooper-Hohn v Hohn).

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Brace yourself: the Financial Remedies Working Group report in a nutshell

Just as the huge law reforms of the family justice system in April 2014 have started to bed in, more reports have been issued proposing further changes.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Family law reform: experiences from the front line

Suzanne Todd, partner in the family law team at Withers, discusses how the recent family law reforms have affected her practice.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Possibilities for state funding family cases after Q v Q (No 2)

Funding family proceedings.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

President of Family Division suggests courts should cover costs where legal aid cuts may impact access to justice

Rachael Rowley-Fox explores the suggestion made by Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, that courts should spend money to ensure that justice is done in the wake of the legal aid cuts.

Full post: The World Of Family Law

Q v Q (No 2): Funding for family proceedings

Q v Q : as some dust starts to settle…

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Means of control

In the recent decision of ZM v AM [2014] EWHC 2110 (Fam) the court recognised that immigration status, or lack thereof, can be used to wrongly control a spouse and directed that the judgment in that case be disclosed to the UK Border Agency.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Advice privilege: Joint or sole confidentiality

Instructions from successive clients.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

LASPO and article 6 – a huge case

The President has given his judgment in Q v Q, and it is a helluva read.

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Should children give evidence in family proceedings?

Alex Verdan QC on Re B (Child Evidence).

Full post: Halsbury's Law Exchange

Overseas surrogacy

Andrew Pack gives an introduction to surrogacy law.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Passage to India (and laying the smackdown on the Legal Aid Agency)

There seems to be increasing amounts of litigation about children being taken on holiday to countries outside of the Hague Convention, particularly when the children are the subjects of private law dispute about contact and residence.

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Glacier Mints

Yes. Just like a glacier mint : transparency has gotten sticky.

Full post: Pink Tape

The placement of an adult away from their family

This Court of Protection decision LBX v TT and Others 2014 touches on some important issues.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Ruling on ‘the rule’

In which I ameliorate some of the pain of reading a Brussels II judgment by digressions into betrayal by the BBC, Tarzan wrestling an alligator, James Joyce and Tommy Steele…

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Private management of family proceedings

Care proceedings: case management delays.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Care proceedings by the back door

The Court of Appeal decision in Re W (Children) 2014.

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Hearing an appeal in private

The Court of Appeal were asked to rule, as a preliminary issue, whether the mother’s appeal should be heard in private - Re DE and AB 2014.

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