Bedfordshire Police Constabulary v RU &Anor [2013] EWHC (Fam) (26 July 2013)

The Court held that a police force has no standing to apply for committal for contempt of court in respect of the breach of a Forced Marriage Protection Order where they have not been an applicant for the order. The court noted that this was a grave weakness in the current protective measures and encouraged the relevant Departments of State to give urgent consideration to improving the effectiveness of forced marriage protection orders and means of enforcement.

A (A Child) (Vulnerable Witness: Fact Finding) [2013] EWHC 2124 (Fam) (15 July 2013)

Following on from a series of judgments in respect of whether a vulnerable 17 year old should give oral evidence in respect of allegations of sexual abuse this is the judgment of the fact finding at which she gave evidence assisted by an intermediary. The court made findings that her allegations were fundamentally true and that she had suffered sexual, emotional and psychological abuse from the Father of the subject child over a period of about 10 years.

V (Children ) [2013] EWCA Civ 913 (23 July 2013)

The CA allowed the appeal of a Local Authority against the refusal to endorse care plans with the plan for adoption but requiring these to be amended to long-term fostering. The court held that the Judge had not sufficiently recognised the detrimental effects of the Mother’s contact with the children when making orders providing for long-term fostering with continued contact. Further the important aspects of security and becoming a full part of an adoptive family were not sufficiently considered.

Tattersall v Tattersall [2013] EWCA Civ 774 (09 July 2013)

The CA refused a Husband appeal against ancillary relief orders. In particular the court considered whether a Mesher order should have been made and concluded that in the light of the Wife’s ‘substantial and protracted contribution to the welfare of the family’ as the primary carer of the parties’ three year old child the Judge’s decision not to make such an order was appropriate.