• Correcting, clarifying or commenting on media reports of family court cases
  • Explaining or commenting on published Judgments of family court cases
  • Highlighting other transparency news




Media reports we found notably balanced, accurate or otherwise helpful to transparency this week

Joanna Moorhead wrote in the Daily Mail about one couple’s experience of adopting through the Coram concurrent planning scheme in ‘Our maybe baby: A couple share their story of falling in love with an adopted baby they knew they might have to hand back’. The Coram concurrent planning scheme is a pioneering scheme running since 1999 not a revolutionary ‘new’ scheme, but the piece was otherwise accurate, realistic and sensitive to birth parents as well as adopters and children.

See Transparency Project discussion of several recent media portrayals of adopted children, including this one, if missed: Adoption Children: Demons or Angels?.

(And the Letter to the Times from the National Adoption and Fostering Service at the Maudsley Hospital on the harm to children from cuts to CAMHS in response to the Libby Purves piece on adoption in the Times).


‘Online divorces to spare couples time and trouble’

Times Law published a helpful explanation of the digital divorce pilot due for implementation in 2017 and intended reform to current ‘fault’ based grounds, without resorting to unhelpful “quickie divorce” narratives. See here.



In case you missed this…

A Genius from another planetblog post explaining the legal judgment reported by the Telegraph report as ‘Millionaire seeks greater share in divorce because he is a ‘genius’, prompting court to examine the meaning of the word’.




Truss Orders review to ban abusers tormenting victims in family courts

Announced the Guardian prompting praise but also some twitter concern about use of language in the headline and lack of adequate acknowledgement either that the problem has predominantly arisen from the government cutting legal aid for parents in private law family proceedings; or of the Presidents tireless efforts over years to seek resolution. The Justice Secretary is now (according to the Guardian) considering whether primary legislation is necessary to end perpetrator cross-examination, or whether it could be stopped through the provision of more legal aid. See:


 The Public Accounts Committee published a Progress Report on the Troubled Families Programme

See the Guardian report: ‘Government misled public with 99% success rate claim on troubled families, say MPs’. We continue to hope that the Guardian and other papers will start to link readers regularly to key source reports such as the Progress Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Troubled Families Programme this report was based on.


A frantic rise in media reports about press regulation as the government consultation on next steps draws to a close on Tuesday

There were too many even to list this week but see the two critique’s of some of them below for a flavour.