News Essentials: 25th February 2019

A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:

Care proceedings should not omit assessment of wider family ‘on parents’ say-so’, judge rules
Court rejects father's attempt to keep existence of children hidden from his family in adoption case. Full story: Community Care.

Domestic violence and abuse: help from DWP
A guide for domestic violence and abuse victims about services from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Full story: Department for Work and Pensions.

Grandparents win child custody after council fail to set out risk with ‘sufficient clarity’
A couple who have cared for their six-year-old grandson since he was born have won a family court fight after council social services bosses said he should be taken from them. Full story: Care Appointments. See C (Interim threshold not crossed), below.

Country's biggest regional divorce centre hit by record delays
Delays at the country’s biggest regional divorce centre reached unprecedented levels in 2018, figures obtained by the Gazette have revealed. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Y and E (Children) (Sexual Abuse Allegations), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 206 (21 February 2019)
Appeal by father against finding made in care proceedings that he had sexually abused his daughter. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

A (Capacity: Social Media and Internet Use: Best Interests) [2019] EWCOP 2 (21 February 2019)
Hearing considering capacity and best interests decisions in relation to a young man with a learning disability, including residence, contact (with family and others), his care arrangements, his property and financial affairs, his capacity to consent to sexual relations, and his internet and social media use. Full report: Bailii.

X (A Child)(Head injury finding of fact), Re [2018] EWHC 3883 (Fam) (16 November 2018)
Care proceedings. Fact-finding hearing to determine who caused injuries to the child. Full report: Bailii.

K (Children), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 184 (19 February 2019)
Care proceedings. Appeal by father against finding that he had sexually abused his daughter. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

C (Interim threshold not crossed) [2019] EWFC B5 (15 February 2019)
Application for an interim care order in relation to a six year old boy. Application dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

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