Private Children Law Update – No. 5 Chambers

Posted April 29th, 2015 in appeals, children, custody, domestic violence, families, news by sally

‘Ricky Seal, member of No5 Chambers Family Group, has compiled a list of private children case law updates for the Leicester & Leicestershire Family Justice Board.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 9th April 2015

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Divorce: what’s fault got to do with it? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted April 29th, 2015 in divorce, families, news by sally

‘Much discussion has taken place of late with regard to the importance of fault in divorce law, so I ask is it still necessary to attribute blame to the other party? The party whom you once loved and maybe even still do, the party with whom you shared your hopes and dreams, your life, only for this party to become in legal speak, the respondent.’
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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 28th April 2015

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Top judge tells parents to be strict on teens – The Independent

Posted April 23rd, 2015 in families, judges, news, young persons by sally

‘The country’s top family judge has urged parents to do more to ensure that fractious and rebellious teenagers do what they “ought” to be doing.’

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The Independent, 22nd April 2015

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Home Office ordered to bring back migrant mother and five-year-old son deported to Nigeria – The Independent

‘The Home Office has been ordered to arrange for a deported migrant family to be returned to Britain from Nigeria – in a landmark ruling that threatens to undermine the Government’s “deport first, appeal later” policy.

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The Independent, 22nd April 2015

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Patel v Mirza: Illegal Cats and a Place of Repentance – Family Law Week

‘John Wilson QC of 1 Hare Court analyses a Court of Appeal judgment on the illegality defence which may prove very pertinent to cohabitation and financial remedy cases.’

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Family Law Week, 15th April 2015

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Theresa May admits justice system fails families over deaths in police custody – The Guardian

‘The criminal justice system makes is too hard for families whose loved ones have died in police custody to get answers, according to a candid letter written by the home secretary to two families affected by such deaths.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2015

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Senior judge renews calls for introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce in England and Wales – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 15th, 2015 in divorce, families, news, prenuptial agreements by sally

‘Laws governing divorce in England and Wales should be modernised to allow couples to divorce without accusing their ex of adultery or ‘unreasonable behaviour’, according to one of the country’s most senior judges.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th April 2015

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Family of burglar who fell through roof face £250k bill for trying to sue council – Daily Telegraph

‘Judge rules in Staffordshire council’s favour after Thomas Buckett suffered 10 skull fractures and spent two weeks in a coma.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th April 2015

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Family Arbitration – The Inner Temple

Posted April 8th, 2015 in arbitration, children, confidentiality, courts, dispute resolution, families, news by sally

Family Arbitration (PDF)

Sir Hugh Bennett

The Inner Temple, 30th March 2015

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Nzolameso v Westminster City Council (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another intervening) – WLR Daily

Nzolameso v Westminster City Council (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another intervening) [2015] UKSC 22; [2015] WLR (D) 165

‘A local housing authority, in carrying out its duties under the Housing Act 1996, was obliged to accommodate a homeless person in suitable accommodation within its district if it was reasonably practicable to do so. The authority was to determine the suitability of the proposed accommodation by reference to the needs of the individual homeless person and each member of her household and to its location. Where accommodation was offered outside the authority’s district, the placement was to be as close as possible to where the members of the household had previously lived. In reaching its decision, the authority was required to take account of the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012 (SI 2012/2601) and the guidance issued by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. It was also required, by section 11(2) of the Children Act 2004, to have regard to the need to safeguard and to promote the welfare of the children concerned.’

WLR Daily, 2nd April 2015

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Stranded Spouses and Immigration Control – Family Law Week

‘Sulema Jahangir, solicitor with Dawson Cornwell, explains the plight of wives and mothers who are stranded in foreign countries, often separated from their children, and unable to return to England because of immigration restrictions.’

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Family Law Week, 31st March 2015

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Wife gets tenth of £2million demand after signing ‘post nuptial’ agreement – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 30th, 2015 in divorce, families, financial provision, news by sally

‘Caroline Hopkins challenged the terms of the settlement but judge rejected claim.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2015

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Father who insisted he had a right to smack his children has son and daughter taken into care – Daily Telegraph

‘The father, from Rotherham, was completely open with social workers about his conviction that children benefit from corporal punishment.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2015

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Wyatt (Appellant) v Vince (Respondent) – Supreme Court

Wyatt (Appellant) v Vince (Respondent) [2015] UKSC 14 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 11th March 2015

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Family Law Week’s Budget Briefing 2015 – Family Law Week

Posted March 24th, 2015 in benefits, budgets, families, news, social security, tax avoidance, taxation by sally

‘Jan Ellis, chartered accountant, of Ellis Foster LLP, a firm which specialises in advising family lawyers on tax-related family law issues, explains the budget changes of most relevance to family lawyers.’

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Family Law Week, 18th March 2015

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New powers for relatives of missing people – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A new law will allow relatives of missing people to take charge of their family member’s property and financial affairs, such as suspending direct debit payments for mobile phone and utility bills, and making mortgage payments, the Ministry of Justice announced today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd March 2015

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Supreme Court splits the baby over the benefit cap – Mike Spencer – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R(on the application of SG and others (previously JS and others)) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] UKSC 16. The Supreme Court was sharply divided yesterday over whether the benefit cap breaches the Human Rights Act.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th March 2015

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Single dad adopts surrogate baby born to his mother – Park Square Barristers

Posted March 19th, 2015 in adoption, families, news, parental responsibility, surrogacy by sally

‘The single father in the recent case B v C & Others (Surrogacy: Adoption) [2015] EWFC 17 (Fam) successfully obtained an adoption order which was the only means open to him to secure his legal relationship with his surrogate son. Alison Hunt of Park Square Barristers represented the father in this unique case in the Family Court before Mrs Justice Theis. The judgment opens the way for other single would-be parents to proceed in the same way, but it also highlights the very real pitfalls and uncertainty which await them in this difficult process. It raises questions about whether parental orders should be available to single applicants as they are for couples.’

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Park Square Barristers, 9th March 2015

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Hockey stick killer Oral David Bryan jailed for life – BBC News

Posted March 18th, 2015 in children, domestic violence, families, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who killed his ex-partner by hitting her with a hockey stick in front of their children has been sentenced to life in prison.’

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BBC News, 18th March 2015

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UK benefit cap is lawful, supreme court rules – The Guardian

‘The supreme court has ruled that the government’s benefit cap, which limits unemployed claimants to £500 a week in total welfare payments, is lawful.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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