Privy Council clarifies rules to determine ownership of property

Last week the Privy Council handed down its judgment in the case Marr v Collie, an appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Re J : Unfair Care Orders Overturned on Appeal

In Re J (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 398 (23 May 2017) the Court of Appeal allow an appeal from His Honour Judge Tolson QC, overturning care orders that he had made at an Issues Resolution Hearing.

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Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children -v- Gard

The Court of Appeal has decided that the treatment of Charlie Gard can be withdrawn.

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Reid ’em and weep

The peculiar goings-on in the case of Westminster v Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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Judge flags complaint on behalf of child against journalist who sneaked into hospital

A new judgment by Mr Justice Hayden, in the case of ‘H’, the 15 year old boy at the centre of the Telegraph story we reported on here, was published yesterday.

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Meal tickets for life?

An article in The Times on 23 May 2017 headlined ‘Former wives give up chasing “meal ticket for life” in divorce’ (behind paywall) refers to falling numbers of spousal maintenance orders.

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Seriously inaccurate reporting by omission of facts

The case of H (A Child), Re (Interim Care Order : fact finding) [2017] EWHC 518 (Fam).

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‘Father begs judges to reveal details of his decade-long family court battle with his ex over access to their child’

The Daily Mail today republished a story (under the headline above) about a man in Norwich, that appeared in the Eastern Daily Press yesterday.

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Decision to place a child with prospective adopters is unlawful because unfair

R (On the Application Of EL) v Essex County Council [2017] EWHC 1041 (Admin) (08 May 2017) is a judicial review decision about a decision by a local authority to place a child for adoption, under a placement order granted by the Family Court.

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A stain on the reputation of the family justice system

A (A Minor : Fact Finding; Unrepresented Party) [2017] EWHC 1195 (Fam) (19 May 2017).

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Separating the divorce from the money bit

There have been calls for some time for the divorce bit to be separated from the money bit. Last week the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby issued a further call for such separation – something he has been known to favour for some time.

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Strasbourg grapples with international surrogacy and the concept of “family”

The Strasbourg Court ruled earlier this year that the prohibition on commercial surrogacy arrangements did not justify the Italian authorities’ actions in removing a 9 month old child from its non-biological parents and taking him into social care.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Police investigating drug testing lab that carried out tests for the Family Court

There have been news reports recently about failures at a forensic lab in Manchester, which was used for forensic testing in criminal cases.

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“Top Judge threatens to down tools rather than allow victims to be quizzed by abusers in his court”

…Or so we imagine the headlines may run if and when a member of the press reads as far as the bottom few paragraphs of the unassuming A (A Minor : Fact Finding; Unrepresented Party) [2017] EWHC 1195 (Fam) (19 May 2017), a recent judgment of Mr Justice Anthony Hayden.

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Is there any public interest in naming divorcing couples?

In The Times last week, family courts were accused of being ‘secretive’ because they do not advertise the names of people who are getting divorced – under the headline ‘Call to end divorce case secrecy‘.

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A detailed look at that ‘record’ divorce award case

It may or it may not have involved a record financial award, but there is much to note from the judgment of Mr Justice Haddon-Cave in AAZ v BBZ.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

What to do about ‘parental alienation’: B (change of residence; parental alienation) March 2017

Re B (change of residence; parental alienation) [2017] EWFC B24 is the recently published judgment from a family court decision that a child had been alienated from her father by her mother and should move to live with her father.

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Failure to bury a child

Re K (A Child : deceased), Re [2017].

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A response to the open letter from the “Mothers In Law” Blog

On May 8th 2017 the Mothers in Law Blog published ‘An Open Letter to the Transparency Project’.

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Accuracy of reporting – not just for journalists

Our recent event, Reporting The Family Courts – Are we doing it justice? has produced a reminder that it is also important to be accurate when we are discussing transparency itself, and the evidence base in this area.

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CAFCASS, Contempt, Complaints and Child Protection

This blog post is about a case which provides a useful discussion point around questions of privacy of information in family cases, and what can and can’t be disclosed about them.

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Judicial Cooperation with Serious Case Reviews

….There won’t be any (cooperation). Not least because Serious Case Reviews have been abolished with the enactment of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 on 27 April, which will (from a date yet to be fixed) abolish Local Safeguarding Childrens’ Boards and thus, Serious Case Reviews.

Full post: Pink Tape

Adoption – just how final is it? The Re W appeal

We wrote here about this case, involving a little girl “W” who had been made the subject of a placement order, allowing her to be placed for adoption away from her family.

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Can a love note prove your innocence?

The Daily Mail report today that : Loving note tucked away in a photo album proved parents accused of almost killing their baby did NOT violently shake her.

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Risk assessment of contact after findings of domestic abuse

In MS v MN [2017] EWHC 324 (Fam) Mr Justice Moor allows a mother’s appeal against an order that there should be direct contact between the father and his children, where the court had made quite serious findings of domestic violence against him.

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Plea to wait before blaming parents over baby injuries

Last week we wrote about the case of baby Effie, a baby diagnosed with the rare Ehler’s Danloss Syndrome IV, who had been returned to the care of her parents following a family court hearing.

Full post: The Transparency Project

IPSO No-Facto

IPSO have rejected our complaint about Christopher Booker’s 11 March article concerning legal aid in Human Rights Act claims running in family proceedings.

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