Will you sign my petition ?

Southend Borough Council v CO 2017.

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Our comments on the proposed new CAFCASS Operating Framework

This is a response to the invitation by Cafcass to comment upon the draft Operating Framework issued in July.

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A few snacks in case your inner geek is starving

So, I’ve been collecting a few snackettes, a few tasty morsels from the back of the walk in pantry that is the FPR.

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Kindertotenlieder and the limits of transparency

Considering the implications of the reporting and discussion of the Charlie Gard case (1) for transparency in future cases of this type, and (2) for future public legal education and understanding of the law.

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Can a spouse claim your abuse or injury damages on divorce?

The Family Court Reporting Watch has turned up the following – and we’ve been asked on twitter to explain this story too.

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Re W (Wonder of mobile internet)

Wonder of mobile internet means I can deal with cases on the move, top family court judge says.

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Committal to prison – making false accusations

Gibbs v Gibbs 2017.

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Here come the Hofstetter

The Court of Appeal in Re S-F (A child) 2017.

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Watching the detectives

Re E and N (no2) 2017.

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EU Law provides Pension Equality

EU Equality law had its moment in the sun in the week after London Pride with the UK Supreme Court Judgment in the case of Walker v Innospec.

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Cooperation – Not Coercion in Foster to Adopt Placements

Our post on the FRG s20 report Cooperation or Coercion has prompted this guest post by John Simmonds, Director of Policy, Research and Development, CoramBAAF.

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Talking about adoption and voluntary foster care under section 20

The launch of a Family Rights Group report ‘Co-operation or Coercion? Children coming into the care system under voluntary arrangements’, has triggered discussion about the use of  “section 20”, the piece of law that allows a child to be placed voluntarily into foster care.

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Supreme Court ruling on pension discrimination ensures equal treatment for same sex couples

Today’s Supreme Court decision in Walker v Innospec is a decision that will make a huge difference to married or civilly partnered gay and lesbian couples as they get older.

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Co-operation or Coercion? Children coming into the care system under voluntary arrangements

On July 10th the Family Rights Group launched their report on the use of section 20 accommodation.

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The limits of family court influence over adult disputes about children Part II

There are three sides to every story – your side, my side and the truth. The judgment in Gibbs v Gibbs.

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The theatre of legalese? Oh, please…

If you’re anything like me this headline got your hackles right up: ‘Is the theatre of the family courts – where legalese often takes over – really helpful?’

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Guide for families about the publication of family court judgments

We’re very pleased to publish a new guide to help parties caught up in the family justice system navigate the complicated issue of publishing judgments about private family matters.

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Court of Protection: Guidance on Religious Observance

Susan Fricker, instructed by solicitors Henry Hyams, represented the father of an incapacitated adult IH in two applications in which the court gave consideration to the observance of religious custom and practice while IH resides in a supported care home.

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Charlie Gard – What Did The European Court Actually Say and Why?

As is now well-known, Charlie Gard’s case reached the end of its legal road last week, when the European Court of Human Rights decided that his case, and the case brought on his behalf by his parents, was inadmissible.

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Court of Protection announcement on holding its hearings in public

With many thanks to Barbara Rich for explaining what this all means for people involved in CoP cases.

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Charlie Gard Update

The European Court of Human Rights have rejected the parents' application as inadmissible, meaning that the parents have no further route of appeal open to them, and the medics at Great Ormond Street Hospital are permitted to withdraw life sustaining treatment.

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