Weekly Family Law Update September 26, 2020

Vulnerable children, a fake DNA test and the latest Cafcass figures

Children’s Commissioner warning over vulnerable children Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has warned that vulnerable children who require urgent support will “slip out of view” because of the impact of coronavirus. Ms Longfield said: “After the school six-week holidays it’s always the case that there are spikes in referrals to social services for […]

Weekly Family Law Update September 16, 2020

A care case, remote hearings, a new judge and strained relationships: Children can return home after father has anger management treatment

A family court judge has allowed two children to return to their family, after the local authority had had them removed, due to concerns about the physical chastisement of one of the children. The two children, a five-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl, lived with their mother and her partner, the father of the younger […]

Weekly Family Law Update September 10, 2020

Medical treatment, marriage and domestic abuse: The last week in family law

Court authorises withdrawal of child’s medical treatment The High Court has granted an application by Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust for a declaration that withdrawing intensive care from a 12-year-old boy with brain injuries is in his best interests. The boy suffered a “profound, severe neurological injury” in April, after he was found […]