What would ‘mother’ say? A legal digest of R v Registrar General for England and Wales – KCH Garden Sq

‘The latest article from Family & Civil pupil Samuel Peake looks at how the term ‘mother’ was defined for the first time in common law earlier this year by the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane.’

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KCH Garden Sq, 12th December 2019

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10 cases that defined 2019 – UK Human Rights Blog

‘And so, we reach the end of another year. And what a year it has been. As well perhaps the most tumultuous period in British politics for decades, this year saw the first ever image taken of a black hole, a victory for the England men’s cricket team at the World Cup, the discovery of a new species of prehistoric small-bodied human in the Philippines and signs that humpback whale numbers in the South Atlantic have bounced back thanks to intensive conservation efforts. And the law? Well, rather a lot has happened really. As the festive season draws near, what better way is there to celebrate than to rewind the clock and relive the 10 cases which have defined 2019?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th December 2019

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Education, street protests and injunctions: Afsar – Law & Religion UK

‘Birmingham City Council v Afsar & Ors [2019] EWHC 3217 (QB) was a claim by the Council for injunctions to restrict street protests about Anderton Park Infant and Junior School and to prohibit online abuse of teachers at that school.’

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Law & Religion UK, 2nd December 2019

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Gender recognition and parenthood – Family Law

‘Jeremy Ford, a Solicitor-Advocate at Cambridge Family Law Practice, acted pro bono on behalf of the Litigation Friend for the child at the centre of the landmark case of TT v Registrar General of England and Wales and Secretary of State for Health and Social Careheard by the President of the Family Division. The judgment was handed down on 25 September 2019 and has been reported as TT, R (On the Application Of) v The Registrar General for England and Wales[2019] EWHC 2384 (Fam) (25 September 2019).’

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Family Law, 7th October 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Can parents agree to a 16 year old being detained? – Transparency Project

‘As a result of a new Supreme Court judgment, local authorities will no longer be able to offer residential care, with parents’ agreement, to 16 and 17 year olds where they are supervised and not free to leave – unless there is a court order. This decision potentially affects many thousands of teenagers who are in supportive placements.’

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Transparency Project, 28th September 2019

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Trans man loses landmark court fight to be called father instead of mother on baby’s birth certificate – The Independent

‘The first transgender man to give birth has lost a landmark court battle that would have seen him become the first person in Britain to be listed as the child’s father instead of its mother after having a child.’

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The Independent, 25th September 2019

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Mend law and save tragic kids? – Transparency Project

‘It’s a common mistake for journalists (and others) to refer to the Children’s Act. Pedantic family lawyers bristle at this (it’s the Children Act). But pedantry aside, this error is often a clue that something has been written without much input from a lawyer. And so it seems with the Sunday Mirror’s various campaign pieces published today about the law on protecting children from violent parents, which feature far worse mistakes than punctuation.’

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Transparency Project, 18th August 2019

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

High Court rules baby can be given blood without mother’s consent – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2019 in blood products, children, consent, medical treatment, news, parental rights by sally

‘A High Court judge has ruled that a “gravely ill” baby should have a blood transfusion, even though his mother does not consent on religious grounds.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2019

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Surrogacy reforms to improve the law for all – Law Commission

‘The laws around surrogacy are outdated and should be improved to better support the child, surrogates and intended parents, the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have announced today (06 June 2019).’

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Law Commission, 6th June 2019

Source: www.lawcommission.gov.uk

When Parental Alienation Crosses into the Criminal Jurisdiction – Family Law Week

‘June Venters QC, of Venters Solicitors and Lamb Building, discusses the implications when issues of parental alienation arise in criminal proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 23rd May 2019

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Lone parents lose benefits cap challenge at supreme court – The Guardian

‘The UK’s highest court has rejected a legal challenge to the benefit cap made by campaigners who argued that it discriminated against single parents with young children.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2019

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Court hears test case on ability of parents to make decisions for children over 18 with learning disabilities – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Protection will this week hear a test case brought by the parents of three young people with learning disabilities over the position under current law which prevents them being able to make best interests decisions on behalf of their children as they are now over 18.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th March 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Surrogacy and HFEA update: February 2019 – Family Law

‘Andrew Powell, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent developments relating to surrogacy law, including new guidance, as well as recent cases.’

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Family Law, 1st March 2019

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Part 1 – Surrogacy and legal parentage: let intentionality prevail – Family Law

‘In this new 2-part series, Mavis Amonoo-Acquah, a barrister at Lamb Building Chambers, discusses issues surrounding Surrogacy Law, Legal Parentage and proposed reform, in light of Californian Law precedents.’

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Family Law, 1st March 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Sick girl to be treated against parents’ wishes, judge rules – BBC News

Posted February 28th, 2019 in children, consent, medical treatment, news, parental rights by tracey

‘Doctors should treat a sick 13-month-old girl and give her a “chance” at life against the wishes of her parents, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2019

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Analysis: Child Arrangement Order – Family Law

‘According to Azhar Hussain, solicitor-Advocate and head of family at Optimal Solicitors, a child arrangement order may be necessary to resolve disagreements regarding where and with who children will live, or how much time they will spend with a parent or other person with whom they do not live.’

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Family Law, 27th February 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Analysis: Parental alienation and the new Cafcass assessment framework – Family Law

Posted February 27th, 2019 in children, divorce, families, news, parental responsibility, parental rights by tracey

‘Laura Hughes and Rebecca Dziobon, of Penningtons Manches LLP, discuss parental alienation, a form of psychological abuse against both the child and the rejected parent, and which is a concept that is becoming more recognised and understood in the UK.’

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Family Law, 27th February 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Parental responsibility: is a rapist father still a father? – Family Law

Posted February 26th, 2019 in care orders, news, notification, parental responsibility, parental rights, rape by tracey

‘Partner Oliver Gravell and trainee solicitor Georgia Wright, of Birketts LLP, examine MPs support for a young woman who was seeking to deny parental rights to a man who raped her, as they are demanding a change to the Children Act 1989. Gravell and Wright look at the legal issues surrounding parental responsibility.’

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Family Law, 26th February 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Opinion – My womb is my bond: Why every surrogacy arrangement should incorporate a contract – Family Law

Posted February 11th, 2019 in children, contracts, families, human rights, news, parental rights, pregnancy, surrogacy by tracey

‘Researcher Rachel Cooper, who recently completed an MA in medical law at King’s College London, argues that every surrogacy arrangement should incorporate a contract.’

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Family Law, 11th February 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Woman ordered not to contact son spared jail for going to parents’ evening – The Guardian

‘A woman under orders not to contact her son has been spared jail for accepting an invitation to attend a parents’ evening at his London school.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2018

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