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Trailblazing therapy helps warring parents work together in the interests of their children 27 January 2016 A new programme has demonstrated that it is possible to successfully engage parents 'entrenched' in emotionally damaging and costly legal disputes surrounding the care of their children. Resolution survey seeks views of family law professionals 27 January 2016 Family Law organisation Resolution is conducting a survey and would like to hear from anyone working in the area of family law. The survey offers the opportunity to help make a difference and change the shape of family law. LiP friendly private law orders released 26 January 2016 The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has announced that private law orders are to be updated. The prescribed orders that were produced in conjunction with the Child Arrangements Programme have not been doing what was intended of them - namely, to make life easier - and, so, a team of district judges have revisited the issue and produced new litigant-in-person-friendly drafts.
Press reporting of care proceedings Lucy Reed and Louise Tickle 29 January 2016 In this article we consider our recent experience of applying for, and securing, permission to report the details of care proceedings in the case of Tickle v Council of the Borough of North Tyneside & Others  EWHC 2991 (Fam( (19 October 2015).
PSL Essential Update - January: what's new for the New Year? Paula Tanner 29 January 2016 As usual for this time of year, January has been a fairly quiet month for family law news, following the Christmas and New Year break. However, there have been some interesting developments. Researching Reform: Why children will matter in 2016 Natasha Phillips 27 January 2016 Child welfare as an area of policy has never been regarded as a political priority, and, whilst children should always matter regardless of time or place, this has not always been the case in world history - or British politics.
Clerklife: I've got the power! Not A Barrister 26 January 2016 After successfully booking in my first case, I was now deemed trustworthy enough to take phone calls and, very occasionally, if everyone else was too busy and it wasn't a complicated request, I was allowed to book cases into the diary.
MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE: Steinfeld and Anor v Secretary of State for Education  EWHC 128 (Admin) Hearing Date: 29 January 2016 Mrs Justice Andrews Queen's Bench Division The claimants' application for judicial review and a declaration of incompatibility with the European Convention of Human Rights of the decision not to permit a heterosexual couple to register a civil partnership was dismissed.
PRIVATE LAW CHILDREN: Q v Q (No 3)  EWFC 5 Hearing Date: 28 January 2016 Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division The Family Court The father's application for a child arrangements order was dismissed on the basis of his sexual offending and the mother's application for a s 91(14) order was also dismissed.
FINANCIAL REMEDIES: WS v WS  EWHC 3941 (Fam) Hearing Date: 11 December 2015 His Honour Judge Lord Meston QC (sitting as a deputy High Court Judge) Family Division Orders were made in financial remedy proceedings on the basis of a clean break and equal division of the assets with provision for lump sum payments to the husband by the wife to equalise their pension entitlements.
COURT OF PROTECTION: Birmingham City Council v D  EWCOP 8 Hearing Date: 21 January 2016 Mr Justice Keehan Court of Protection D, aged 16, was voluntarily accommodated in a residential unit by the Local Authority under s 20, Children Act 1989. The issue for Keehan J to determine was whether D was being deprived of his liberty, or whether his voluntary accommodation under s 20 meant that he could not be so deprived.
PRIVATE LAW CHILDREN: GB v Lithuania (Application No. 36137/13) Hearing Date: 19 January 2016 European Court of Human Rights The court held by a majority that in proceedings to enforce a custody order there had been no violation of Art 8 of the European Convention.
PUBLIC LAW CHILDREN: Re W-M (Children)  EWCA Civ 1201 Hearing Date: 06 October 2015 Lord Justice McFarlane, Lady Justice Macur and Lord Justice Vos Court of Appeal The mother's appeal from supervision and contact orders was dismissed.
FINANCIAL REMEDIES: MS v PS  EWHC 88 (Fam) Hearing Date: 21 January 2016 Mrs Justice Roberts Family Division In proceedings for enforcement of a German maintenance order the court referred questions to the European Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling.
PUBLIC LAW CHILDREN: Re CB  EWHC 3274 (Fam) Hearing Date: 28 October 2015 Mr Justice Moylan Family Division An adoption order was made in relation to the 7-year-old child who was of British/Latvian descent.
PUBLIC LAW CHILDREN: Re P  EWCA Civ 3 Hearing Date: 20 January 2016 Lord Justice Ryder, Lord Justice Vos and Mr Justice Cobb Court of Appeal The mother's appeal from care and placement orders in relation to the young child was dismissed.