Capacity to consent to marriage, nullity and declarations under the inherent jurisdiction considered (NB v MI) – 1GC: Family Law

Posted February 25th, 2021 in consent, family courts, islamic law, jurisdiction, marriage, news by sally

‘The High Court was presented with an application for a declaration of nonrecognition of a Muslim marriage and a petition for nullity. The parties were married in Pakistan under Sharia law in June 2013. The applicant sought to argue, relying on two expert reports, that she did not have capacity to consent to marriage at the time. The court had to consider the issue of her capacity and then consider whether to make a declaration of non-recognition, or alternatively annul the marriage. The High Court refused the applications as it considered, on the facts of this case, the applicant had capacity to consent at the relevant time. The marriage was therefore valid under English law at its formation. Even if he had formed the opposite view, Mr Justice Mostyn made clear the court would still not have made a declaration under the court’s inherent jurisdiction as he was prevented by statute. Tahmina Rahman, barrister at 1GC Family, considers the case.’

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1GC: Family Law, 16th February 2021

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Domestic Abuse Bill – What does it mean for victims of domestic abuse in the family courts? – Garden Court Chambers

Posted February 25th, 2021 in bills, domestic violence, family courts, news, victims by sally

‘In the year ending March 2019, an estimated 2.4 million adults aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.6 million women and 786,000 men). The government was elected with a manifesto commitment to pass the Domestic Abuse Bill, which passed the House of Commons in July 2020, and is set to become law once it has passed through the House of Lords.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 24th February 2021

Source: www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk

Family Law Newsletter – Spire Barristers

‘Issue #43 of Spire Barristers’ Family Law Newsletter: edited by Connie Purdy and Taz Irshad; news and Case Reviews by Francesca Massarella. Francesca is due to begin pupillage at Spire Barristers in September 2021.’

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Spire Barristers, 16th February 2021

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Litigants baffled as civil procedure rules move to new site – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Lawyers and litigants awoke this morning to the wholesale move of procedure rules to a government website described by one as “unusable”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th February 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory to consult on use of supervision orders in care proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (FJO) has launched a consultation seeking views about supervision orders and their use in care proceedings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th February 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Judge hits out at lack of regulated placement for vulnerable, suicidal 16 year old, despite 11 High Court hearings and sending series of judgments to ministers – Local Government Lawyer

‘An exasperated High Court judge has sent a fourth judgment to ministers over the continuing unavailability of a regulated placement for a vulnerable 16 year old with multifaceted difficulties and at a high risk of serious self-harm or suicide.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th February 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Becket Chambers

Posted February 11th, 2021 in chambers articles, coronavirus, delay, family courts, news by sally

‘The family courts were overwhelmed with cases prior to the Pandemic, leading to long delays and, perhaps most distressing to the parties engaged in this type of conflict resolution, last minute adjournments which can incur significant wasted costs, for which there is generally no recourse, together with the distress and anxiety associated with yet further, often prejudicial, delay in ending what is for most participants a highly unpleasant and distressing experience.’

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Becket Chambers, 1st February 2021

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Practice Direction 12J & Scott Schedules – Rearranging a spider’s web – Family Law Week

Posted February 8th, 2021 in appeals, children, domestic violence, families, family courts, news, practice directions by tracey

‘Jeremy Ford, Partner at Cambridge Family Law Practice LLP, calls for clarity in the court’s attitude to Scott Schedules when considering what is relevant to its welfare determination.’

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Family Law Week, 3rd February 2021

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Domestic abuse victims stalked as family courts share refuge addresses with ex-partners, commissioner warns – The Independent

‘The family courts are putting domestic abuse victims and children at grave risk by sharing the secret addresses of shelters with the abusive ex-partner they are fleeing, and some survivors are suffering stalking as a result, London’s independent victims’ commissioner has warned.’

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The Independent, 7th February 2021

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New rules for legal practice: guidance for legal professionals – Family Law

‘The Ministry of Justice has published a page on the gov.uk website bringing together guidance for legal professionals on the new rules for various areas of legal practice.’

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Family Law, 28th January 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Notification of Fathers and Wider Family Members in Relinquishment Cases: A Recap – Family Law Week

‘Olivia Kirkbride, a pupil barrister at Coram Chambers, considers two recent, contrasting cases in which mothers sought to relinquish newly born children without notifying the fathers and family members.’

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Family Law Week, 27th January 2021

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

The Court of Appeal considers Domestic Abuse – Part 2 – Transparency Project

Posted January 26th, 2021 in appeals, domestic violence, family courts, internet, news, remote hearings by sally

‘This post summarises the individual issues in the four appeals. Part 3 will cover the wider issues of principle and some of the themes that emerged in the course of the hearing, and will provide some materials for further reading.’

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Transparency Project, 24th January 2021

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The Court of Appeal considers Domestic Abuse – Part 1 – Transparency Project

Posted January 26th, 2021 in appeals, domestic violence, family courts, internet, news, remote hearings by sally

‘This week three judges in the Court of Appeal held a 3 day long appeal hearing all about domestic abuse cases. This series of posts provide a summary of what the hearing was about and how it went. The decision is expected in a few weeks’ time.’

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Transparency Project, 23rd January 2021

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Financial Remedy Update, January 2021 – Family Law Week

‘Naomi Shelton, Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP considers the important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2020.’

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Family Law Week, 21st January 2021

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Religion, looked-after children and “best interests”: Salford CC – Law & Religion UK

‘Salford CC v W & Ors (Religion and Declaration of Looked After Status) [2021] EWHC 61 (Fam) was about the welfare of five children between the ages of eleven and four: B, C, D, E and F. There were three applications before the court: the first for care orders under s.31 of the Children Act 1989, first issued in December 2018 by Norfolk County Council, the second by their mother, Ms W, for a prohibited steps order pursuant to s. 8 of the Children Act 1989, and the third by the maternal aunt and putative special guardian of the children, Mrs Z, for a declaration under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court regarding the children’s legal status for the purposes of Part III of the Children Act 1989 [1 & 2]. It is the second application that is the subject of this note.’

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Law & Religion UK, 22nd January 2021

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Family Law Newsletter – Spire Barristers

Posted January 22nd, 2021 in chambers articles, families, family courts, news by sally

‘Issue #42 of Spire Barristers’ Family Law Newsletter: edited by Connie Purdy and Taz Irshad; news and Case Reviews by Francesca Massarella.’

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Spire Barristers, 15th January 2021

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Landmark hearing to examine handling of domestic abuse cases by UK courts – The Guardian

‘A landmark hearing in the court of appeal is under way to examine how cases of domestic abuse are handled by judges in the family courts.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2021

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Remote hearings in family proceedings – how is justice perceived? – Family Law

Posted January 15th, 2021 in coronavirus, families, family courts, news, remote hearings by tracey

‘The motion for the recent Kingsley Napley debate: “This House believes remote hearings are not remotely fair” was carried with a fairly balanced 56% in favour and 44% against. With an audience made up of over a hundred family lawyers and barristers, this result was no doubt influenced by their experience of remote court hearings heard either via video link or by telephone over the last six months, since the national lockdown in March.’

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Family Law, 14th January 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

The Domestic Abuse Bill and family courts – Transparency Project

Posted January 11th, 2021 in appeals, bills, domestic violence, families, family courts, news by sally

‘As was noted in the “Harm report” published in June last year and the Family Justice Council forum that was held on 14 December, there is mounting concern about the way family courts deal with allegations of domestic abuse that arise in some contact disputes.’

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Transparency Project, 10th January 2021

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

McFarlane tells family judges to curb out-of-hours hearings – Legal Futures

Posted January 11th, 2021 in coronavirus, families, family courts, judges, news, remote hearings by sally

‘The president of the Family Division has told judges and lawyers to stop the increasing practice of holding virtual hearings outside of normal court hours, citing wellbeing concerns.’

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Legal Futures, 8th January 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk