This ‘unusual’ case, so labelled by Mr Justice Holman in his judgment, which was finally resolved in April this year, emphasizes that, whilst statute can provide clear guidance in key elements of a case, it is always important for the court to continue to treat all children cases on a case-by-case basis.
This case involved a mother, her two... Read More
Gingerbread, the UK charity for single parent families, has published a damning report on the Child Maintenance Service. Among many things, the research shows that parents are manipulating the loopholes in the system to avoid paying their children what they deserve. The charity was set up in 1918 to make sure that children growing up in... Read More
A transgender father of five has been granted permission to appeal a High Court decision which ruled out face-to-face contact with their ultra-Orthodox Jewish children. The parents had raised the five children together in an ultra-orthodox community in northern Manchester until in June 2015 the father left home to live outside the community... Read More
What will this new bill achieve? This bill is another step in a newly developing sequence of bills regarding domestic violence, emphasising the seriousness with which the government is viewing this issue. Whilst progress has already been made following the proposition of the Prisons and Courts, and the subsequent Courts Bill which was also... Read More
The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper which sets out the current status of prenuptial agreements and proposals for reform. The Library provides impartial information and research to MPs and their staff in support of their parliamentary duties. The Commons research briefings are intended to provide in-depth and impartial... Read More
The UK charity Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) have announced that they will be conducting an audit into best practice in inter-country children and family cases. The study will be funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation which supplies grants to charities aiming to improve community life in the UK.
CFAB was established in 1955 as the... Read More
A family court in Melbourne will allow a 53-year-old man to examine part of his parents' divorce file, after he argued that the "toxic" family life resulting from the marital breakdown continues to have an adverse effect on his mental health. The Australian reports that the man, identified only as 'Mr Carter' in court... Read More
The EU has signed the first legally binding instrument dedicated to combating violence against women known as the “Istanbul Convention”. The European Commission has released a statement saying: “The signing of the Istanbul Convention sends out an important political signal during the year the Commission dedicated 2017 to... Read More
President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has issued a circular announcing that the practice guidance relating to inherent jurisdiction and wardship proceedings has been amended. Previously, Practice Direction 12D of the Family Procedure Rules stated that "where the police need to interview a child who is already a ward of court, an... Read More
Brexit became a factor in a child relocation battle in a judgment released last week where a mother successfully appealed the court's refusal to allow her to move her son back to Italy, away from his father in the UK. The judge hearing the appeal noted a key procedural error in the original judgment, as well as noting that uncertainty... Read More
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