MPs consult on surrogacy law change

December 8, 2017 1 comment

family law

A government committee has launched a consultation on changes to surrogacy laws which would allow single people to become parents. Section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 is the applicable legislation. Currently this states that anyone applying for a parental order to transfer the status of parents from the surrogate mother to…

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Council apologises for wrongfully taking a child into care

August 1, 2017 2 comments

children in care

Gloucestershire County Council has apologised following the wrongful removal of a baby from its parents. The case concerned a one year-old toddler who was taken from the care of the mother “wrongly and without prior notice”, on June 1 this year. The removal was in breach of a previously agreed care order specifying that if…

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Charlie Gard given six more days life support

June 14, 2017 0 comments

family law

Severely ill child Charlie Gard must be kept on life support for six more days, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has declared. In an interim ruling late on Tuesday, Judges in Strasbourg ordered that Charlie’s treatment must continue until midnight on Monday so they have time to properly consider the case. The ten…

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Charlie Gard: Supreme Court denies parents’ appeal

June 9, 2017 1 comment

family law

The Supreme Court has refused to grant the parents of a seriously ill baby permission to appeal against a ruling the treatment should stop. Charlie Gard had been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder which has caused muscle weakness and brain damage to the point that he can no longer breathe or move his arms…

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Council acted ‘unlawfully’ in adoption case

May 12, 2017 1 comment

family law

Essex County Council acted “unlawfully” by placing a child with adoptive parents despite her biological mother’s objections. Mr Justice Charles came to this conclusion during a judicial review published this week. He declared that the local authority had “deliberately for welfare reasons sought to prevent” the woman applying to challenge a placement order made by…

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Family law can be better

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April 20, 2017 14 comments

legal aid

The Sensible Party Manifesto 2017 Introduction Dear friend, We are a great country. With a great family justice system. But it can be so much better. Here at the Sensible Party we believe we can make a family justice system fit for the twenty-first century. The policies we set out in this manifesto will do…

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Wrongly imprisoned man’s damages claim allowed

April 13, 2017 1 comment

family law

A man who was wrongly imprisoned by a Judge in the Family Division of the High Court can proceed in his bid for damages. The Court of Appeal has unanimously ruled in favour of the man, who has only been identified as ‘LL’. In an April 2014 judgement by Ms Justice Russell, he was sentenced…

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