News Update: 21st August 2012

WELCOME to the Family Lore News Update, mercifully shorter than usual, due to the summer vacation.

Items already covered in separate posts since the last update:

Family of Muslim man in right-to-life court battle
The family of a Muslim man left in an apparently vegetative state after a heart attack five weeks ago caused severe brain damage have begun an appeal to ensure he will be given life-saving treatment, against the advice of clinicians, if his condition worsens. Full story: The Guardian.

Grandparents Association calls for reform of costs rules in care proceedings following T (Children)
The Grandparents Association has welcomed the clarity given in the recent Supreme Court decision in Re T (Children) [2012] UKSC 36. Full story: Family Law Week.

Judge attacks forced marriage that put disabled woman 'at risk’
A judge has said the forced marriage of a Muslim woman with learning difficulties should be annulled and condemned the “insulated” families who arrange them. Mrs Justice Parker also said that forcing marriage on someone who lacks mental capacity is a “gross interference” with their dignity and autonomy. Full story: The Telegraph.

Grandparents Plus call on government to raise the profile of kinship care
Government plans to speed up the adoption process risk “overlooking the extended family as the first port of call”, the charity Grandparents Plus has claimed. Full story: Children & Young People Now.

NICE launch health and wellbeing standards for children in care
Children and young people in care are to benefit from new quality standards designed to promote their health and wellbeing. Full story: Children & Young People Now. The draft quality standard can be found here.

Action plan to stop child abuse in the name of faith or belief
The Department for Education has published an action plan to cut through the “wall of silence” around ritual child abuse and neglect in the name of witchcraft, spirit possession, the supernatural and faith. The plan itself can be found here. Incredible that such things are still an issue in the twenty-first century, but there we go...

R v R [2012] EWHC 2390 (Fam) (13 August 2012)
Judgment in wife's application for financial remedy orders on dissolution of marriage, in case involving, inter alia, the evaluation of the wife's contributions to the development of the husband's company. Full report: Bailii.

Re Ali [2012] EWHC 2302 (Admin) (18 July 2012)
Applications for declarations of beneficial interests in a number of properties by various family members of the husband, such claims being opposed by a receiver appointed to enforce a confiscation order. Full report: Family Law Week.

You never know when it might just… Buckaroo!
Suesspiciousminds discusses whether too much weight is being put on the back of North Yorkshire County Council v B [2008] 1 FLR 1645, and whether there is such a thing as a ‘ruling out’ hearing at interlocutory stage. (You will understand its title when you read the post!)

In their best interests: at what point should children make their own decisions?
Marilyn Stowe reviews the recent cases of NHS Trust v Baby X and L v P (Paternity Test: Child’s Objection).

In their best interests, part two: the alarming case of C (A Child)
Continuing from the previous post, Marilyn discusses the case Re C (A Child) [2012] EW Misc 15 (CC), which also concerns a parent’s wishes pitted against a child’s.