Logan Mwangi – the Child Practice Review and the family courts – Transparency Project

‘This blog post will not go into detail about the distressing history of five year old Logan Mwangi, with which we are all too familiar through media coverage of the trial of the three people who were responsible for his death. An impression had been given at that time that possibly Logan had been let down by the family courts. It is now possible to learn a little about the court involvement – or lack of involvement.’

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Transparency Project, 27th November 2022

Source: transparencyproject.org.uk

Parental Responsibility, the Modern Family and Access to Justice – Family Law Week

Posted November 25th, 2022 in children, families, family courts, news, parental responsibility by tracey

‘Syvil Lloyd Morris, Solicitor Advocate and co-founder of Bastian Lloyd Morris LLP, explores the concept of parental responsibility and LAA funding issues in the context of a changing society.’

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Family Law Week, 18th November 2022

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Surrogacy Arrangements and Parental Orders: Where Are We Now? – Family Law Week

Posted October 11th, 2022 in consent, domicile, news, parental responsibility, surrogacy, time limits by tracey

‘Bianca Jackson, Barrister at Coram Chambers considers the most important news and case law relating to Surrogacy Arrangements and Parental Orders.’

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Family Law Week, 5th October 2022

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Research Briefing: E-petition debate: The removal of parental responsibility for people convicted of serious offences – House of Commons Library

Posted September 5th, 2022 in children, criminal justice, news, parental responsibility, parliament by tracey

‘Read the Government’s response and background ahead of the debate on e-petition 614893 on Monday 12 September 2022.’

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House of Commons Library , 2nd September 2022

Source: commonslibrary.parliament.uk

When can parental responsibility be removed from a terrible parent? – Transparency Project

‘In the summer of 2021, Jade Ward was killed by her estranged husband Russell Marsh at their family home. He is now serving a life sentence for her murder. She leaves behind four little boys who are now being raised by her mother and other family members. This is not an isolated tragedy. Each year, many women are killed by their partners or former partners, and it is likely that many of those will have children.’

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Transparency Project, 18th May 2022

Source: transparencyproject.org.uk

Separated Parents: Sharing Parental Responsibility – Becket Chambers

‘Thankfully, most parents who go through the challenges of separation do manage to co-parent and make joint decisions regarding the upbringing of their child or children. Sadly, this is not always the case. The family courts see a large number of cases where in the context of custody or contact disputes, the right to make decisions can become part of the battle ground. The disputes can range from the significant to the relatively trivial.’

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Becket Chambers, 1st April 2022

Source: becket-chambers.co.uk

Parental responsibility: a short guide for local authority SEND teams – Local Government Lawyer

‘Grace-Mary Sweeney of LASEN explores the concept of parental responsibility, how it interacts with education law, and some practical implications for Local Authority SEND Teams.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th October 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

If my child is British, can I stay in the UK? – EIN Blog

Posted October 4th, 2021 in children, families, immigration, news, parental responsibility, visas by tracey

‘If you are a foreign national with a British child and have made the decision to move to the UK, it is vital that you understand the immigration options available to you. Under the UK’s immigration rules, the principal visa route for foreign nationals who want to join their family members is outlined in detail in Appendix FM (FM stands for “family members”). This popular immigration route is intended for anyone who wishes to come to the UK on the basis of their family life with a British national or a person who has settled permanently in the UK. In this article, we will explain how a foreign national with a British child can stay in the UK by applying through the family member (FM) route.’

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EIN Blog, 1st October 2021

Source: www.ein.org.uk

Terminating a father’s responsibility for the child – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 11th, 2021 in children, families, family courts, news, parental responsibility by tracey

‘Fran Massarella reports on a recent case concerning an application to terminate a father’s responsibility for the child pursuant to s.4(2A) of the Children Act 1989.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th June 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Bell v Tavistock and the Implications for Trans Children, Part 2: the Law after AB v CD and others – Family Law Week

‘As set out in my previous article, the decision of the High Court in Bell & Anor v The Tavistock And Portman NHS Foundation Trust [2020] EWHC 3274 (“Bell v Tavistock”) arguably raised more questions than it answered for transitioning children and their families. The principal legal issue for the court to adjudicate in Bell v Tavistock was whether a child or young person under the age of 16 could achieve Gillick competence in respect of the decision to take puberty blockers [133]. The court specifically declined to address whether parents could consent to the use of puberty blockers on their child’s behalf, as this was not the Gender Identity Development Service’s (“GIDS”) policy; GIDS relied on consent of the child or young adult being treated.’

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Family Law Week, 24th May 2021

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Is there still any place for supervision orders? – Transparency Project

‘The purpose and effectiveness of this type of court order is currently being considered by one of the innumerable sub-groups of the Public Law Working Group. Now, the NFJO have reported on a rapid survey of professionals and parents who were asked quite detailed questions about supervision orders (SOs) in which they were involved during the last six years (presumably since the legislative changes to family proceedings in 2014). There was a good response from nearly 300 social work and legal professionals but only ten parents responded. However the NFJO is carrying out some separate work with focus groups for parents’ views.’

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Transparency Project, 13th April 2021

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

High Court Rules Parents Can Consent to Puberty Blockers On Their Child’s Behalf – Each Other

‘On Trans Day of Visibility 2021, trans children in England and Wales may feel a little more visible, after a recent High Court decision confirmed that parents can consent to their children being prescribed puberty blockers and a court application will not normally have to be made.’

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Each Other, 31st March 2021

Source: eachother.org.uk

The Unequal Power to Grant and Remove PR from Biological Parents – Family Law Week

Posted March 22nd, 2021 in children, equality, families, family courts, gender, news, parental responsibility by tracey

‘Stephen Williams, Barrister, St Mary’s Chambers, calls for reconsideration of the restrictions on the acquisition of parental responsibility by fathers.’

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Family Law Week, 17th March 2021

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Contact after Findings of Domestic Abuse – Family Law Week

‘Teena Dhanota-Jones, Consultant at Simons Muirhead Burton, analyses a recent case involving the interplay of the law on contact and Practice Direction 12J on domestic abuse.’

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Family Law Week, 10th March 2021

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

High Court rejects application by mother to prevent local authority from imposing vaccinations on child in foster care – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has rejected a mother’s application, supported by the father, to prevent a local authority from imposing a programme of vaccinations on a child in foster care without their consent.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th February 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Family courts rule to inoculate children when parents disagree on the vaccination of their children – Garden Court Chambers

Posted February 25th, 2021 in children, consent, coronavirus, human rights, news, parental responsibility, vaccination by sally

‘Following the decision in Re H (A Child: Parental Responsibility: Vaccination), it was clarified that where two parents with parental responsibility disagree as to the proper course of action with respect to vaccination, the court becomes the decision maker through the mechanism of a specific issue order made under s8 of the Children Act 1989.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 24th February 2021

Source: www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk

Specific Issue Order for Vaccination-including COVID-19: M v H (Private Law Vaccination) [2020] EWFC 93 (15 December 2020) – Parklane Plowden Chambers

‘This hearing before MacDonald J was part of a wider private law dispute between parents regarding the children (P aged 6 and T aged 4) spending time with their father. A finding of fact hearing had already taken place, with a final hearing listed to commence on 21 December 2020. The original application from the father included a specific issue order, initially on MMR vaccination. This was then amended to vaccination in accordance with the NHS vaccination schedule.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 24th February 2021

Source: www.parklaneplowden.co.uk

Bristol: Brain-damaged baby dies after life support ruling – BBC News

Posted February 2nd, 2021 in birth, consent, hospitals, medical treatment, news, parental responsibility, paternity by sally

‘A brain-damaged baby has died days after a judge ruled that doctors could stop providing life-support treatment.’

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BBC News, 1st February 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Childhood vaccination disputes – where does the law stand in public and private law proceedings? – Family Law

‘As the vaccinations against COVID-19 begin to be administered, it is worth revisiting recent judicial approaches in vaccination disputes concerning children in both public and private law proceedings.’

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Family Law, 6th January 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

What about me?: Reframing Support for Families following Parental Separation – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 12th, 2020 in children, divorce, family courts, parental responsibility, press releases by tracey

‘A report by the Family Solutions Group, entitled What about me?: Reframing Support for Families following Parental Separation, has been published.

President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, said: “This report brings together the various lines of thinking of recent years aimed at finding a better way to achieve good co-parenting between separated parents. It is an important and impressive document.”‘

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 12th November 2020

Source: www.judiciary.uk