Family Division President warns against hasty proceedings

January 22, 2018 5 comments

children, family law

Local authorities must give more thought to whether or not care proceedings are really necessary, Britain’s most senior family law judge declared in a recent ruling. The case concerned the parents of a four year-old boy, referred to as ‘AB’, who suffers from a “life-limiting” brain disorder. In February of last year, their local authority…

Continue reading…

Transparency, privacy and schizophrenic lawyers

By:

January 16, 2018 3 comments

secrecy, privacy, family court, family law

Four years ago this week the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby issued his practice guidance Transparency in the Family Courts, requiring an increased number of family court judgments to be published, in order to counter the charge that the family courts operate a system of secret and unaccountable justice. And so the…

Continue reading…

Transgender row should be reheard Court of Appeal rules

December 21, 2017 0 comments

transgender

The exclusion of a transgender woman from her children’s lives must be reconsidered, the Court of Appeal has ruled. She left her family and the broader Orthodox Jewish Haredi community in Manchester two years ago after deciding to transition from male to female. Her estranged wife has refused to let the transgender woman see their…

Continue reading…

A personal review of the year, part 1

By:

December 20, 2017 3 comments

family law

In a (probably futile) attempt to make the traditional annual review of the year a little bit different, this year I am concentrating not so much on the big family law news stories, but rather the stories that I found of particular interest. Hopefully, this might make the review a little more interesting to the…

Continue reading…

On the road again: divorce in the 21st century

By:

December 6, 2017 0 comments

family law

Financial Remedy Courts to be introduced These days I usually try not to fall for the hackneyed device of using song titles for titles of blog posts, but the old song by Canned Heat just didn’t leave my mind when I was considering the President’s circular on Financial Remedy Courts, that was published last Friday….

Continue reading…

President announces financial remedies courts

December 4, 2017 0 comments

family law

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service will begin trialling a new specialist financial remedies court next year, Sir James Munby has announced. In an official circular, the President of the Family Division said the case for a national network of such courts had been “persuasively argued” by legal authorities. He noted that he had himself…

Continue reading…