News Update: 27th of August 2013

WELCOME to this week's Family Lore News Update (a thinner than usual summer holiday edition).

Family living arrangements could be stored on chip in children’s passports in EU tug-of-love crackdown
Every family could be required to have details of their domestic arrangements stored on a chip in their children’s passport, under plans being considered by the European Commission. Full story: The Telegraph.

Medway children's care service 'inadequate'
Medway's service for children in care has been rated as inadequate in a report by the education watchdog. Full story: BBC News.

Ruling in 'toxic' hedge fund divorce sees wife paid £1,000
They were the husband and wife team who made a £200million fortune from the investment business they built together. Full story: This is Money.

Family judge criticises reliance on free representation
The president of the Family Division has criticised a legal aid regime that left a mother who faced jail reliant on her lawyers’ willingness to act for free. The Re Jones case - see below. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Another Russian divorce case cements London as divorce capital of the world
London’s status as the divorce capital of the world was enhanced by the news in July this year that Alexei Golubovich and Olga Mirimskaya have apparently issued proceedings in London’s High Court to deal with their English property, following their divorce in Russia last year. Full story: Spear's.

Michael Gove tells Doncaster Council to work with commissioner
A commissioner has been appointed to oversee the transfer of Doncaster's children's services to an independent trust. Full story: BBC News.

Adoptions in 2012 rise by nearly 10%
In 2012, the number of adoptions in England and Wales was 5,206, an increase of 9.8% since 2011 when there were 4,740 adoptions. Full story: Family Law Week. For further details see the ONS Statistical Bulletin.

R (ota N) v LB of Newham [2013] EWHC 2475 (Admin) (9 August 2013)
Application for judicial review of local authority decision not to provide children and their parents accommodation and support pursuant to s.17 Children Act. Full report: Family Law Week.

BS and ES (Children), Re (Placement Order Or Special Guardianship Order) [2013] EWHC 2607 (Fam) (22 August 2013)
Care proceedings. Judgment considering primarily whether there should be a placement order or a special guardianship order in respect of the youngest child. Full report: Bailii.

Jones, Re (Alleged Contempt of Court) [2013] EWHC 2579 (Fam) (21 August 2013)
Application for committal to prison of a mother for alleged contempt of court in relation to an order requiring the return of the children to Spain. Application dismissed. Full report: Judiciary of England and Wales (PDF) (HTML version: Bailii). See also the news story above and the blog post, below.

A Local Authority v WMA & Ors [2013] EWHC 2580 (COP) (23 July 2013)
Case concerning the future of a twenty five year old man suffering from an autistic spectrum disorder, and where he should live plus what help should be given to him. Full report: Bailii. See also the blog post, below.

V [2012] EWHC B36 (Fam) (21 November 2012)
Application by mother under Schedule 1 Children Act for financial remedies by way of housing capital and periodic financial provision. Full report: Bailii.

J (A Child), Re [2013] EWHC B14 (Fam) (13 March 2013)
Judgment dealing with arrangements for child after s.31 threshold had been passed. Supervision order made. Full report: Bailii.

Re LC (International Abduction: Child’s Objections to Return) [2013] EWCA Civ 1058 (15 August 2013)
Appeal by father against decision to return children to Spain, despite their objections. Appeal allowed in part. Report: Family Law.

Authorisation of Payments in International Commercial Surrogacy – A New Approach?
Ruth Cabeza, barrister, of Field Court Chambers considers two important judgments recently made by Mrs Justice Theis concerning payments under international commercial surrogacy agreements. Full article: Family Law Week.

Only one blogger braving the summer hiatus this week (no prize for guessing who):

Removal of a vulnerable adult from his home
The decision of the Court of Protection in Re A Local Authority v WMA 2013 [above]. Full post: suesspiciousminds.

The Commital-ments
Two recent cases on committals (Jones [above] and Roberts) – one resulting in a suspended sentence, one resulting in the committal being dismissed on some interesting technicalities. Full post: suesspiciousminds.