Family Law (27 September – 11 October)

Ellie MacKenzie

October 11, 2019

Family News 

Judge decides vulnerable woman should be fitted with contraceptive device

Care Appointments – 9 October 

A Court of Protection judge has ruled that a woman with learning difficulties, and the mental age of a child, should be fitted with a contraceptive device. The woman involved in a court case earlier in the year, when the woman’s mother won a legal battle with doctors, who said the pregnancy should be terminated. The woman will now deliver the baby via a Caesarean section.


No age limit: older people and domestic abuse

Family Law Week – 6 October 

Age UK has published a report highlighting that older people can be particularly vulnerable to certain forms of domestic abuse, including abuse by a carer and financial abuse. The charity is seeking a number of changes, including revisions to the definition of domestic abuse to include abuse by carers including friends and neighbours, as well as family members.


Tafida Raqeeb: Brain-damaged girl can go abroad for treatment

BBC News – 3 October 

The High Court has ruled that five-year-old Tafida Raqeeb will be allowed to travel abroad for medical treatment. The girl suffered a traumatic brain injury in February 2019, but UK specialists had argued any further treatment would be futile.


Funding key to success of Domestic Abuse Bill, say councils

Cypnow – 2 October 

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for financial investment in children’s services and prevention, to appear alongside the revised Domestic Abuse Bill. After the second reading of the bill, the LGA said: ‘In order for the bill to have real success…it must be underpinned by adequate, long-term funding in key services including children's services and housing’.