Monday, May 13, 2019

News Essentials: 13th May 2019


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

NEWS
Domestic abuse: PM vows to end 'postcode lottery' for victims
Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to end the "postcode lottery" for victims of domestic abuse. Full story: BBC News.

Latest View from the President’s Chambers sets out need for change in Public and Private Children’s Law
Latest update gives details on the Public and Private Law Working Groups, a financial remedy court update, divorce service centres and the HMCTS Reform Programme. Full story: Family Law Hub.

Video hearings tested in domestic abuse cases
Domestic abuse victims may seek injunctions more easily and with less stress as part of a test into the use of fully-video court hearings. Full story: HM Courts & Tribunals Service.

President of the Family Division releases draft guidance on reporting in the Family Courts
The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has released draft guidance, for consultation, on reporting in the Family Courts. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

CASES
A Local Authority v A Mother & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 799 (09 May 2019)
Appeal by local authority against finding relating to cause of injuries, made in care proceedings concerning a baby girl. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

L (A Child) [2019] EWHC 867 (Fam) (08 April 2019)
Appeal by mother against order transferring home of child from that of mother and maternal grandmother in London to that of father and the father's new partner in Northern Ireland. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

R (A Child) [2019] EWCA Civ 482 (15 February 2019)
Appeal against a reporting restrictions order made  at the conclusion of care proceedings in relation to a young child. Full report: Bailii.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

New by me on the Stowe Family Law Blog, and a musical interlude



My posts this (short) week on the Stowe Family Law Blog included:

I am a one in ten. Or should that be four in ten? - The real lesson that the figure for couples needing the court to sort out arrangements for their children teaches us.

The reality of judicial discretion in family law - The views of Mr Justice Mostyn.

Risk of oppressive litigation as a defence in a Hague abduction case - The case being MB v TB.

Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

News Essentials: 7th May 2019


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

NEWS
Even more people set to benefit from online court reform
New legislation making it even easier for court users to apply for small money claims or divorce online was unveiled in the House of Lords today (1 May 2019). Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Children's services 'at breaking point', MPs say
Children's services in England are at breaking point and need a £3.1bn minimum funding boost by 2025, MPs say. Full story: BBC News.

Barristers can act as deputies, Court of Protection rules
Barristers can act as professional property and affairs deputies for people who lack mental capacity, although it is not seen as a legal service, the Court of Protection has ruled. Full story: Legal Futures.

CASES
T-S (Children) [2019] EWCA Civ 742 (01 May 2019)
Care proceedings concerning to three children. Appeal against welfare decision relating to middle child. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

MB v TB (Art 13 Alleged Risk of Oppressive Litigation) [2019] EWHC 1019 (Fam) (12 April 2019)
Application by father for summary return of child to Israel. Mother raised Art 13(b) defence alleging, inter alia, oppressive litigation by father in Israel. Return ordered. Full report: Bailii.

Lachaux v Lachaux [2019] EWCA Civ 738 (01 May 2019)
Appeal by wife against order recognising Dubai divorce. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Guest v Guest & Anor [2019] EWHC 869 (Ch) (16 April 2019)
A claim based on proprietary estoppel for a share in a family business where a son worked for 30 years at a reduced wage. Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Week.

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