TheFamily Law newsletterprovides you with all the latest news, judgments, articles and guidance to ensure you are up to date with the latest developments and their impact on practice.
Standing alone: going to the family court without a lawyer 29 March 2016 The family courts are vital in helping people resolve a range of issues. However, the way people use them is changing. Since funding for legal aid was reduced in 2013, there has been an increase in the number of people going to the family courts without a lawyer (as a 'litigant in person').
ADOPTION: PD v AD and Others  EWHC 4103 (Fam) Hearing Date: 26 August 2015 Mr Justice Keehan Family Division Declarations were granted preventing the adoptive parents from receiving information about the 16-year-old boy. PUBLIC LAW CHILDREN: A v London Borough of Enfield  EWHC 567 (Admin) Hearing Date: 16 March 2016 Mr Justice Hayden Queen's Bench Division Declaratory relief was granted to the 18-year-old girl reflecting that the local authority had failed in its assessment of the girl and that she should now be treated as a former relevant child for the purposes of s 35 of the Children (Living Care) Act 2000.
ABDUCTION: Ciccone v Ritchie (No 2)  EWHC 616 (Fam) Hearing Date: 21 March 2016 Mr Justice MacDonald Family Division The mother was granted permission to withdraw her application under the Hague Convention 1980 and permission was given for two judgments in the case to be published.