Family Law

Family Law (21 January – 4 February)

Family News Supreme Court ruling could help thousands of children threatened with DBS disclosure Cypnow – 31 January A landmark Supreme Court judgment has ruled that the disclosure of youth reprimands to employers is now unlawful, potentially benefiting thousands of young people. Disclosures of these nature on Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) forms can affect. Read more

Was the risk really bad enough to justify the remedy?

This question was asked by Lord Justice Peter Jackson in a judgment reported last month,  Re F (A Child: Placement Order: Proportionality) [2018] EWCA Civ 2761 The risk here was of future significant harm and the remedy was a closed adoption.  However, this case appears to me to be one where an open adoption or long-term fostering. Read more

Q&A with Madeleine Reardon

Bloomsbury Professional catch up with family lawyer and author, Madeleine Reardon. 1. What first garnered your interest in children law? I volunteered for Women’s Aid as a student and saw the impact on families, not just of domestic abuse but of the terrible uncertainty and sense of powerlessness that prolonged court proceedings can bring about.. Read more

Family Law (7 January – 21 January)

Family News ‘Landmark’ overhaul for domestic abuse laws BBC News – 21 January A draft bill overhauling domestic abuse laws will be going before MPs. Proposed changes include banning abusers from cross-examining victims and recognise economic abuse and control as a form of domestic abuse. Victims giving evidence at criminal trials will now automatically be. Read more

Bloomsbury Family Law Briefing: January Teaser

Top cases Re A & B (care orders and placement orders – failures) [2018] EWFC 72 (30 November 2018), Keehan J – placement order children not adopted: Art 8 rights infringed seriously and IRO role ‘woefully’ inadequately performed. Re M (A Child) (Secure Accommodation) [2018] EWCA Civ 2707 (6 December 2018) – a secure accommodation. Read more

Rules to be ‘simple and simply expressed’

A judicial review pre-action protocol letter for children proceedings This is a fictional judicial review pre-action protocol letter by the solicitor of a child, Clara, aged almost 13-years-old. Clara wants to be involved in her parent’s Children Act 1989 (CA 1989), s 8 proceedings. The solicitor has assessed her as having sufficient understanding (CA 1989,. Read more

Family Law (3 December – 17 December)

Family News Extra SEND funding insufficient, warn children’s services leaders Cypnow – 17 December Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, has announced that £250 million of addition funds will be given to councils to help fund SEND support. However, children’s services leaders have claimed the funds will not be enough to avert the current ‘schools cash. Read more

Bloomsbury Family Law Briefing: December Teaser

Child rights in private law Children Act 1989 proceedings A child’s views (according to his or her understanding) must be heard in proceedings which concern the child. The Children Act 1989, a UN Convention and a EU Charter all agree on that. But what are the law and the court procedure for such views to. Read more

Family Law (19 November – 3 December)

Family News The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No.16) Order 2018 Family Lore – 29 November The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No.16) Order 2018 brings into force s 27 of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008, inserting new ss 39B to 39G into the Child Support. Read more

Appeals in family proceedings: the rules diverge

Work out which court: spot the differences in procedure… Rule-makers often make things needlessly difficult for parties to family proceedings. Appeals from decisions in family courts, the different appellate courts involved and the divergent procedures for getting there are an example. First, would be appellants in family cases have the worry of working out which. Read more

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