Lord Chief Justice concerned by number of LiPs in the family courts

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, has expressed concern over the number of LiPs involved private family law disputes.

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Commons library publishes guide on UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Commons Library has published a briefing paper giving an overview of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, what it covers and how it is enforced.

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150 Resolution members gather in Parliament to call for No Fault Divorce

The Government will come under increasing pressure to introduce ‘No Fault Divorce’ today (Wednesday 30 November), as 150 family lawyers and other professionals come to Parliament to meet with MPs and Peers on the subject.

Full story: Resolution

Jewish father who let children ride bikes on Sabbath exposed them to 'alien way of life', ultra-orthodox wife claims

A Jewish father who left an ultra-orthodox community when splitting from his wife was accused of letting their two young children ride their bikes on the Sabbath and watch television, a family court judge has said.

Full story: The Telegraph

British woman can adopt girl found in box in Egypt, judge rules

High court decides NHS administrator can bring up child, now six, in the UK despite objections from Egyptian authorities.

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Judge dismisses ‘unaffordable’ care package case

Court of Protection ends proceedings after determining man has capacity to make decisions about his care.

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Ellie Butler family court judge may be called to 'inevitable' inquest

Dame Mary Hogg, who ruled that girl should be returned to father who later murdered her, could be asked to give evidence.

Full story: The Guardian

New international child relocation rankings reveal that Belgian courts are the least likely to grant a relocation order

The first ever international child relocation rankings, compiled by the Penningtons Manches family law team, reveal that Belgium is the jurisdiction least likely to allow a parent to relocate with a child internationally.

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Court hears rare treatment withdrawal application for minimally conscious patient

Mr Justice Charles criticises Legal Aid Agency for advancing any argument ‘to avoid paying legal aid’.

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Cobb J sets out core principles for conducting re-hearings

Court re-hears fact-finding into life-threatening injuries to child.

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Resolution introduces new Code

Resolution has launched a new Code of Practice for its members.

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Men’s attitude to fatherhood affects children’s behaviour

Amount of direct involvement in childcare of less significance.

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Older divorcees could be affected by Autumn Statement pension changes

Divorcees could be affected by proposals announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Autumn Statement that the Money Purchase Annual Allowance will be cut from £10,000 pa to £4,000 pa.

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Responses to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

On Wednesday, 23 November the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered his first Autumn Statement.

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Litigant in person’s ‘misconceived’ applications an abuse of process

Munby J rejects serial litigant’s ‘scurrilous’ allegations.

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Law Society practice note: Court duty scheme for private law family clients

The Law Society has issued a practice note for family practitioners intending to set up or provide advice at a court duty scheme for private law family cases.

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Parents fear transgender children will be taken away after court ruling

Ex-partners reportedly emboldened by high court ruling have suggested they will try to get custody of children.

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Court orders adoption re-hearing after failure to analyse fostering options

Parents’ appeal upheld after court finds adoption order was made without proper consideration of fostering alternative.

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Court of Appeal gives important judgment about witnesses’ rights to appeal in family proceedings

Witnesses subject of adverse judicial findings may challenge judge’s findings on appeal.

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Cost of problems affecting, children, young persons and families calculated at £17 billion

The cost of picking up the pieces from damaging social problems affecting children, young people and families such as domestic violence, mental health, child abuse and neglect, unemployment and youth crime remains almost £17 billion a year, new research shows.

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Responding to human rights judgments 2014-16: MoJ report published

The Ministry of Justice has published a report setting out the government's position on the implementation of human rights judgments from the domestic courts (declarations of incompatibility under the Human Rights Act 1998) and the European Court of Human Rights for the last two years.

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Terminally ill teen won historic ruling to preserve body

A 14-year-old girl who wanted her body to be preserved in case she could be cured in the future, won an historic legal fight shortly before her death.

Full story: BBC News

English councils confirm they set targets for number of children to be adopted

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request made by The Transparency Project to 172 councils, 12 English councils have confirmed, sent or published documents showing that they use numerical targets for adoption.

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Legal Aid Agency rapped over approach to damages payable to ward of court

A High Court judge has severely criticised the Legal Aid Agency's actions in a case concerning a ward of court to whom a local authority had agreed to pay damages for the unauthorised release of information.

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Council to pay £10k damages over failure to act in child protection case

Swansea City Council has been found to have breached an 11 year old’s rights under Articles 6 and 8 of the Human Rights Act, with the judge ordering the authority to pay the child £10,000 in damages to the child.

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Woman with learning disability should have caesarean, judge rules

After specialist court hearing, judge says a planned caesarean is in best interests of woman who cannot be identified.

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Shorter care proceedings improving placement stability, research says

A research study into a pilot conducted before the introduction of the 26 week Public Law Outline also found it shortened the time it took for children to find a placement.

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London council children's services data breach as court bundle lost

A London council has been warned to strengthen its protection of personal information after a social worker left court documents on the roof of her car and drove off.

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‘Alarming number’ of trafficked children go missing from care

Trafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are going missing from UK care at an "alarmingly high" rate, leading charities ECPAT UK and Missing People have said in a newly published report.

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Pension sharing not available in relation to a foreign pension

Wife's claim for a pension sharing order failed in long-running dispute.

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Hague Conventions enter into force for Kyrgyzstan and Serbia

On 1st November 2016 the 1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention entered into force for Kyrgyzstan, and the 1996 Child Protection Convention entered into force for Serbia.

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Court of appeal upholds decision to keep Oxford mother's child in care

Judges heard how the three-year-old ‘Child B’ moved uncontrollably and ran into traffic.

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Commons Briefing Paper: Brexit & Brussels IIa

Considers the effect of Brexit on the UK in terms of the Brussels IIa regulation concerning cross-border child contact cases, and international child abduction within the EU.

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Applying to the European Court of Human Rights

House of Commons Library publishes useful briefing note.

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New guidance issued on facilitating participation of ‘P’ and vulnerable persons in Court of Protection proceedings

Mr Justice Charles has issued guidance on facilitating participation of ‘P’ and vulnerable persons in Court of Protection proceedings.

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Government rejects recommendation that divorce fee rise should be rescinded

The Government has rejected the recommendation of the House of Commons Justice Committee that the increase in the divorce petition fee to £550 should be rescinded.

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Clause 29 defeated in House of Lords

Power to exempt local authorities from legal duties removed from Bill.

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Private law cases received by Cafcass in October up 9% on a year ago

3,505 new private law cases received.

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Care applications to Cafcass in October 5% up on a year ago

Rate of increase lower than in recent months.

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Brexit may be final straw for some couples, say divorce lawyers

The stress of Brexit is adding to pressure on couples on the brink of divorce, according to the head of the UK’s largest family law organisation.

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Christian couple blocked from adoption amid 'gay parents' row

A couple have been blocked from adopting their two foster children after expressing concerns about them being raised by a gay couple.

Full story: The Telegraph

Lord Chief Justice concerned by volume of public and private law cases before the Family Court

Annual report highlights workload problems in the Family Court.

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Dying boy's parents lose palliative care court fight

A terminally ill boy should be moved to a palliative care regime proposed by specialists despite his parents' objections, a judge has ruled.

Full story: BBC News

Unaccompanied migrant children – government to publish strategy next year

Children’s Services directors publish report of migrant children’s needs and LAs' response.

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Dr Waney Squier reinstated

Dr Waney Squier, a consultant paediatric neuropathologist who has given expert evidence in several trials concerning shaken baby syndrome, has won an appeal against a determination by the Medical Practitioners' Tribunal that her name should be erased from the medical register.

Full story: Family Law Week

Domestic violence 'biggest factor' for social services children

Domestic violence and poor mental health are the biggest issues facing children on the books of social services in England, new figures show.

Full story: BBC News

Compulsory reporting of child abuse concerns 'could deluge social workers'

Eileen Munro, who conducted child protection review in wake of Baby P case, warns against government plans.

Full story: The Guardian

Cohabitation remains fastest growing relationship in UK

Figures released today (4 November 2016) show that the cohabiting couple family continues to be the fastest growing family type in the UK in 2016.

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Rise in child protection cases ups pressure on services

Department for Education figures reveal year-on-year rise in child protection demand continues.

Full story: Community Care

Foster care case teenager wins right to own lawyer

The teenager was fighting a local authority request from social workers that she be put into foster care.

Full story: Sky News

UK couple cleared of abuse give up court battle to regain care of child

Man and woman abandon legal fight and say taking child away from adoptive parents would be wrong.

Full story: The Guardian

Sisters at centre of family court dispute 'prayed for parents to stop arguing'

Two sisters at the centre of an "extraordinarily acrimonious" family court dispute prayed for their parents to "stop arguing", judges said.

Full story: Daily Express