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

Weekly Family Law Update | September 16, 2020

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 […]

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

Weekly Family Law Update | September 10, 2020

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 […]

Support for litigants, similar fact evidence and children at risk of eviction: The last week in family law Support for people representing themselves in court

Weekly Family Law Update | August 26, 2020

People representing themselves in court will receive enhanced legal support following £3.1 million in additional funding, the Ministry of Justice has announced. In a joint initiative with the Access to Justice Foundation, funding will be provided to not for profit organisations across the country to provide free legal support – ensuring better advice and clear […]

A failed negligence claim and the impact of the pandemic on families: The last week in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | August 19, 2020

Court of Appeal rejects woman’s negligence claim A woman who issued a negligence claim against the solicitors who acted for her on a financial remedies application has had the claim rejected by the Court of Appeal. The woman’s former husband issued divorce proceedings in 2011. Financial remedy proceedings were then issued, and a final hearing […]

Children disputes and domestic abuse: The last week in family law Lockdown causing surge in children disputes?

Weekly Family Law Update | April 15, 2020

It has been reported that lawyers have been “inundated” with inquiries from separated parents arguing about where their children should stay during the Coronavirus lockdown, with some trying to get the other parent sent to prison for breaking existing child arrangements. The evidence is anecdotal, but the report says that some parents are using the […]

Separated families, children disputes and domestic abuse: The last week in family law Separated family population statistics

Weekly Family Law Update | April 8, 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions has published the latest release of annual statistics on separated families in Great Britain, for the period April 2014 to March 2018. Amongst the main stories were that in 2017/18 there were approximately 2.4 million separated families in Great Britain including 3.5 million children; 48% of separated families had […]

Families and COVID-19: Basic advice

Weekly Family Law Update | March 24, 2020

COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, is impacting the lives of all of us. For anyone with family law issues, however, it brings particular problems. Here, therefore, is some basic advice that we hope will be helpful, together with some links to further information. Please note that this advice is subject to change, as the situation develops […]

Court of Appeal to live-stream and Cafcass cases: The last week in family law Court of Appeal to live-stream family cases

Weekly Family Law Update | March 19, 2020

Family hearings at the Court of Appeal are to be live-streamed, under a joint initiative by the judiciary and government to boost transparency in the justice system. A statutory instrument laid in Parliament on the 12th of March paved the way for the project, following the success of a pilot to live-stream civil cases launched […]