Does Art 5 entail a right to legal representation when facing prison for contempt of court?

The ECHR has held that the detention of an individual following his breach of a civil contact order, where he had no legal representation, did not violate his rights under Article 5. However, the decision not to provide compensation to the individual following a failure to provide him with a lawyer during domestic proceedings resulted in a violation of Article 6.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Bit of a c( ) ck up on the old anger management front

This case, decided by Ms Justice Russell, involved a 15 year old, an 11 year old and a 4 year old, all who had become involved in a private law contact dispute between their parents.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Tax changes for family lawyers

As fuller details of the headline announcements in the Chancellor’s Budget 2016 become available, Sarah Deeks, tax editor for Butterworths Family Law Service, summarises the key changes family lawyers need to be aware of and provides a reminder of tax provisions included in previous Budgets that will come into effect on 6 April 2016.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Surrogacy—what’s next for the UK?

Guest blogger Natasha Slabas examines what could, and should, happen next in relation to surrogacy laws in the UK, taking into account changes to international surrogacy in other countries including India and Thailand.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Contempt of Court and right to silence

Re L (A child) 2016.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Disguised compliance

DV (Adoption or Rehabilitation) 2016.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Common law demands reasons for a judge's decision

I had always thought it axiomatic that, in giving judgment, a judge must include reasons for his/her decision. When a district judge in the Family Court in Exeter recently turned down an application for costs in a financial relief case in two lines of text in the pre-amble to her one line order, and insisted on a formal application if more reasons were to be given, I was forced to justify my assumptions.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

How long does a child arrangements order last?

So I get asked occasionally how long a Child Arrangements Order lasts and when it lapses. It’s come up twice in a month now so this time I remembered where to look it up and thought I’d write a blog post on it. I thought it was easy, but actually it’s not.

Full post: Pink Tape

High Court gets into the groove

This piece is about the High Court case in Ciccone v Ritchie (No 2) 2016 involving the singer Madonna, and the film-maker Guy Ritchie, and their son.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Contact Denial = Coercive Control?

I've seen advice to fathers in a number of places since the coercive control law came into force in January, which is not accurate.

Full post: Pink Tape

A family court for the future

Sir James Munby and plans for family courts reform.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Compliance with Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) guidelines

Maud Davis, partner at TV Edwards LLP looks at the issues raised by the case of Re W; Re F (Children) [2015] EWCA Civ 1300 where the court described breaches that resulted in two of the Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interviews with the children falling ‘woefully short’ of the requirements set out in the guidance.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Relinquished baby, chapter and some verses

I just ended up doing this long summary of the various issues that arise and where to find the answers in case law, so I thought it might be helpful for more general use.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Court supplies of “whoop-ass” show no signs of running out

D v E 2016.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Collective Responsibility grows legs (and a tail…and starts biting)

Lucy Reed sees little surprise at the judgment of His Honour Judge Bellamy in Re L (Case Management: Wasted Costs) [2016] EWFC B8 (04 March 2016).

Full post: Pink Tape

Wasted costs orders against everyone!

Re L (Case Management : Wasted Costs) 2016.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

An answer on relinquished babies and Re B-S

Baker J in Re JL (2016).

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And the office boy kicked the cat

Nottingham City Council v LW and Others 2016.

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In the soup

Re S 2016.

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Burn Family Procedure Rules 2010

President of Family Division says family proceedings rules ‘not fit for purpose’.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Poppi Worthington – legal aid

There have been a number of news reports today concerning the grant of legal aid to the father of Poppi Worthington, who was named by a judge as having sexually assaulted his daughter before she died.

Full post: The Transparency Project