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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Supreme court to decide whether UK benefits cap is unlawful – The Guardian

‘The Supreme court will decide on Wednesday if a cornerstone of the coalition government’s benefits policy is unlawful.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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Lawyers, Social Workers and the Proportionality Test – Family Law Week

‘David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers the President’s judgment in A (A Child) [2015] EWFC 11 and the lessons to be derived by practitioners.’

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Family Law Week, 9th March 2015

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Pitfalls for Single Parents in Surrogacy – Family Law Week

Posted March 9th, 2015 in adoption, children, families, jurisdiction, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, Partner, and Colin Rogerson, Solicitor Advocate, both of Dawson Cornwell, consider the options for single parents seeking legal parentage of children born through a surrogacy arrangement.’

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Family Law Week, 6th March 2015

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Woman acted as surrogate mother for son’s IVF baby, court hears – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2015 in adoption, families, news, pregnancy, surrogacy by sally

‘A woman acted as a surrogate mother for a baby whose biological father is her adult son, a family court judge has been told.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2015

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Eirian Davies wins £1.3m of family farm in Carmarthenshire – BBC News

Posted February 26th, 2015 in agricultural holdings, compensation, employment, families, news, wills by sally

‘A farmer’s daughter has won £1.3m after working on her parents’ farm for nothing as a teenager while her sisters were having fun.’

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BBC News, 25th February 2015

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President of Family Division inveighs against social engineering in adoption proceedings – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 25th, 2015 in adoption, care orders, children, custody, drug abuse, families, family courts, human rights, news by sally

‘In a scathing judgment, the president of the Family Division has condemned as “social engineering” a local authority’s application to remove a baby boy permanently from the care of his father and place him for adoption.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th February 2015

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Keen to leave your rich husband? Come to London, divorce capital of the world – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2015 in choice of forum, divorce, families, financial provision, news, women by sally

‘English law is particularly ‘fair for the financially weaker spouse’. That’s why wealthy people’s partners are keen to have their day in court in London rather than anywhere else.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2015

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How ‘get a job’ divorce ruling will change settlements on maintenance payments – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 25th, 2015 in divorce, employment, families, financial provision, matrimonial home, news, women by sally

‘Spouses can no longer expect full financial support from their ex-partners once their children reach age seven. Experts expect a rush to renegotiate.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2015

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Law in Tesco (not Tesco law) – The Future of Law

‘Family proceedings involving children where neither parent had legal representation, increased by 30% in the family court in 2013-14, revealed the National Audit Office last year in a report on legal aid.’

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The Future of Law, 20th February 2015

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More bereaved families to get legal aid at inquests if state was involved in death – The Guardian

‘More bereaved families will be entitled to legal aid at inquests after a high court judge ruled that official guidance on whether to provide support was “misleading and inaccurate”.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2015

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Number of jailed mothers is a ‘litany of despair’ – The Independent

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in children, domestic violence, drug abuse, families, mental health, news, prisons, sentencing, women by sally

‘The number of women imprisoned in Britain every year represents a “litany of despair”, Nick Clegg will say tomorrow, in a tacit admission that the coalition has failed to tackle high rates of female incarceration.’

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The Independent, 22nd February 2015

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Mitochondrial Donation – Family Law Week

Posted February 18th, 2015 in assisted reproduction, embryology, families, news by sally

‘Professor Nils Hoppe and Katy Rensten, both of Coram Chambers, look at the House of Commons debate and the proposed regulations concerning mitochondrial donation and argue for a serious and measured consideration of this important development.’

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Family Law Week, 17th February 2015

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Khalid v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Singh v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Khalid v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Singh v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 74; [2015] WLR (D) 66

‘Where an application for leave to enter or remain on the grounds of private or family life was made prior to 9 July 2012 but the decision was made on or after 6 September 2012, the Secretary of State was entitled to take into account the provisions of paragraphs 276ADE to 276DH and Appendix FM of the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (2012) (HC 194).’

WLR Daily, 12th February

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