Weekly Family Law Update March 28, 2021

Legal aid, asylum and domestic abuse

Parents without legal aid lose fight to keep child on life support The High Court has granted an application by a hospital trust for a declaration that it is in best interests of 9 month old brain-damaged child to have life-sustaining treatment withdrawn. The child was born last June without any heart rate, and other […]

Weekly Family Law Update March 16, 2021

Public law, finalising agreements and controlling behaviour

Investigation into rise in public law cases published The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has welcomed and endorsed the publication of a report into the increase in public law children cases (i.e. children cases involving social services) by the President’s Public Law Working Group (‘PLWG’). The report made 47 recommendations, aimed at […]

Weekly Family Law Update March 8, 2021

Financial Remedies Courts and domestic abuse

Financial Remedies Courts roll-out completed The President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane has announced that the roll-out of the new specialist Financial Remedies Courts (‘FRCs’) has been completed across England and Wales. The courts were first proposed in 2016, after which a pilot scheme was set up to test them out. The pilot […]