Monthly Family Law Archives: November 2017

Convicted sexual abuser still has parental responsibility

Convicted sexual abuser still has parental responsibility

A man convicted for sexually abusing his own children has maintained parental responsibility over them, the BBC has reported. The man was sentenced to more... Read More

MoJ warns on reliability of old forensic tests in family cases and issues guidance for concerned clients

MoJ warns on reliability of old forensic tests in family cases and issues guidance for concerned clients

The Ministry of Justice has announced that the government has been made aware that police are looking into the potential manipulation of forensic toxicology... Read More

Mother knows best? A closer look at the role of kinship carers

Mother knows best? A closer look at the role of kinship carers

An estimated 200,000 children in the UK are raised by people other than their parents outside of the foster care system. Over 180,000 of these children are... Read More

Re D (A Child): Can a parent give consent to a teenager's confinement?

Re D (A Child): Can a parent give consent to a teenager's confinement?

In February 2017, the Court of Appeal was asked to consider, among others, the question of whether someone with parental responsibility can consent to a... Read More

The family courts, children and suspected trafficking

The family courts, children and suspected trafficking

Re M (Children) (Suspected Trafficking - Competent Authority) EWFC 56, is a care proceedings case which involved the potential human trafficking of two... Read More

Covert recordings in family proceedings

Covert recordings in family proceedings

In the recent case of Re B (A Child) , the father of a girl, aged 11, in alleging that the mother had been deliberately alienating him, sought to rely on... Read More

Surrogate mother loses appeal to keep child after reneging on surrogacy agreement

Surrogate mother loses appeal to keep child after reneging on surrogacy agreement

A surrogate mother has lost the appeal to keep the child she delivered in a decision at the Royal Courts of Justice after the surrogacy agreement between... Read More

CAFCASS launches ground-breaking pilot scheme to crack down on parental alienation

CAFCASS launches “ground-breaking” pilot scheme to crack down on parental alienation

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) is running a pilot scheme to bring an end to separated parents poisoning their child... Read More

Australia says 'yes' to same-sex marriage: what happens now?

Australia says 'yes' to same-sex marriage: what happens now?

Results of the landmark yet tremendously controversial national postal survey are in, and Australian citizens has overwhelming voted in favour of legalising... Read More

Fathers application to return daughter to US likely to succeed despite mother's strong defence in MA v RA

Father’s application to return daughter to US likely to succeed despite mother's strong defence in MA v RA

Mr Justice Holman has given a summary of the current state of the case of MA v RA heard on 27 October 2017 in the Royal Courts of Justice. The case, adjourned... Read More