News Update: 28th August 2012

WELCOME to the Family Lore News Update.

Items already covered in separate posts since the last update:

‘Uncleared work’ at the Child Support Agency increased by 16% in last reported quarter
The Department for Work and Pensions has released a summary for the three months ending 30 June 2012. Full story: Family Law Week.

Local authority criticised for lack of care of two autistic children
Local Government Ombudsman recommends payment of nearly £20,000 to complainant. Full story: Family Law Week. The Ombudsman's report can be found here.

Law Society warns about money laundering schemes targeting family lawyers
The Law Society has issued renewed guidance concerning money laundering and fraudulent schemes which may target the litigation practices of law firms. Full story: Family Law Week.

Council charter for care leavers aims to address inconsistencies in support
A care leavers’ charter will launch later this year in a bid to improve the support councils provide as corporate parents. Full story: Children & Young People Now.

Unexplained infant deaths continue slight decline
The Office for National Statistics has published a statistical bulletin relating to unexplained infant deaths in England and Wales in 2010. Full story: Family Law Week.

Ofsted warns of abuse risks to disabled children
Disabled children in England need better protection against neglect or abuse, suggests a report by children's and education watchdog Ofsted. Full story: BBC News.

L (A Child), Re [2012] EWCA Civ 1157 (21 August 2012)
Appeal by father against refusal to enforce a Portuguese judgment and decision that the English court had jurisdiction to deal with the mother's application for residence. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

Suggitt v Suggitt & Anor [2012] EWCA Civ 1140 (19 June 2012)
Appeal against property order made on the basis of proprietary estoppel. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Family Law Week.

Winter v Winter [2010] EWHC 3825 (Fam) (30 June 2010)
Committal application for breach of an order made in proceedings relating to the enforcement of a maintenance order. Suspended sentence of imprisonment imposed. Full report: Family Law Week. See also Marilyn Stowe's post, below.

C (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1144 (11 July 2012)
Appeal against return order after the child changed her mind about returning to her father in Canada. The mother also sought the dismissal of the father's application, but this was refused and the matter was remitted to the Family Division. Full report: Family Law Week. See also my post, above.

In a Dorney-Kingdom of their own: Segal orders examined
Byron James, barrister, 14 Gray’s Inn Square, considers the circumstances in which Segal Orders can be made.Full article: Family Law Week.

Family Rights Group in response to Mr Justice Ryder's proposal for the modernisation of family justice
By Cathy Ashley, Chief Executive, Family Rights Group on modernisation of the family justice system. Full article: Family Law.

Can’t pay, won’t pay?
Marilyn Stowe looks at the recently published case of Winter v Winter (above). Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog.

I wish I was Special, you’re so very Special (Guardians)
Some musings on Special Guardianship, and particularly what the ‘character’ of such placements are when it comes to working out level of contact. Full post: suesspiciousminds.

And finally, Lucy Reed at Pink Tape answers those who say: "I don’t know how you do it - it must be so depressing" (how many family lawyers have heard this?), and considers whether being a parent makes her a better child care lawyer, in her post Parent Lawyers.