Prest continues: Multi-millionaire businessman loses latest stage in divorce battle

Court of Appeal upholds High Court's suspended jail sentence for husband who failed to pay ex-wife divorce settlement.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Law Commission consultation paper concludes DoLS are 'deeply flawed'

The Law Commission is today opening a consultation on the law of mental capacity and deprivation of liberty.

Full story: Family Law

Public ignorance of domestic abuse highlighted as Gove promises reform

The government can review the restrictions placed on legal aid for domestic abuse cases, says national charity.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Budget to pledge £30m for quicker adoptions

The Government has pledged £30m to speed up finding adoptive parents for children in care in England.

Full story: BBC News

Keehan J grants ‘life-long’ reporting restriction order

No public interest in identifying victim of CSE.

Full story: Family Law Week

Film-maker exaggerated earnings to reassure wealthy wife-to-be, family judge rules

Judge Nicholas Cusworth hears the man claimed he was pocketing £80,000 a year in royalties - when the real figure was £8,000.

Full story: The Telegraph

Charity chief warns of ‘tragedy’ if adoption progress is reversed

Adoption UK chief made warning after statistics showed a sharp decline in the number of children placed for adoption.

Full story: Community Care

Mother asks judge to choose whether her baby son should live or die

The mother was 'in turmoil' and did not want to 'participate' in the decision to turn off her son's life-support machine.

Full story: The Telegraph

Charities launch damning report on children’s rights in the UK

‘Children are bearing the brunt of Government’s spending decisions’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Mr Justice Mostyn issues new statement on the efficient conduct of financial remedy hearings

Mr Justice Mostyn has released a 'Statement on the Efficient Conduct of Financial Remedy Hearings Allocated to a High Court Judge whether Sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice or Elsewhere'.

Practice Guidance: Family Law

Police must reassess their approach to child protection

HMIC warns of risk of failing a new generation of children.

Full story: Family Law Week

Domestic abusers to wear GPS tracking devices

Northumbria Police unveil a pilot scheme that will allow victims of domestic abuse to be warned when there ex-partners are close by.

Full story: The Telegraph

SRA to probe solicitor in relationship with client during “shameful” contact battle

A solicitor who is in a relationship with his client while she goes through an acrimonious contact dispute is to be investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, with a High Court judge saying that the lawyer is “in a situation where he cannot give independent professional advice”.

Full story: Legal Futures

Mr Justice Mostyn: Nobody anticipated “savagery” of legal aid cuts

Mr Justice Mostyn has delivered some of the strongest judicial criticisms yet of the legal aid cuts and warned that “more are in prospect” under a majority Conservative government.

Full story: Legal Futures

Disappointing government mediation data highlights role of judges in boosting take-up

The family court system has an ace to play to help salvage government plans to increase the take-up of family mediation, says a leading family charity after new official data showed mediation has yet to return to pre-legal aid cut levels.

Full story: Family Law

Fall in children being approved for adoption continues

The number of adoption placement orders being granted continued to fall in the run-up to Christmas despite government efforts to buck the trend, it has emerged.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Independent review launched into links between care and custody

Prison Reform Trust asks Lord Laming to chair investigation.

Full story: Family Law Week

Number of children with placement order waiting to be placed falls by a third

Waiting period for placement falls from 656 to 533 days.

Full story: Family Law Week

Compulsory use of new legal aid administration system postponed

Resolution renews call for members' feedback.

Full story: Family Law Week

Court of Protection: Press will still need judge's permission to attend hearings

Cases heard at Britain’s most secretive court will remain largely closed to public scrutiny after the Government decided not to change the law which obliges the media to apply in advance if they would like to attend.

Full story: The Independent

Parental consent can be dispensed with in Hague Convention adoption in absence of public law proceedings

President gives judgment in‘unusual and difficult’ international adoption case.

Full story: Family Law Week

LA's 'disproportionate and arbitrary actions' lead to removal of baby from mother

North East Lincolnshire Council has been heavily criticised by the Local Government Ombudsman after social workers arbitrarily removed a young baby from her mother's care and handed the child over to her father.

Full story: Family Law Week

Doctors forced to continue treating Sunni Muslim who is in a "minimally conscious" state

Hospital bosses had asked to allow doctors to stop treating the man - who has suffered brain damage.

Full story: The Telegraph

Child rapist banned from contact with children is given permission to live with toddler daughter

The 24-year-old man was convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl when he was 17, but is said to be 'contrite and remorseful' about the 'awful crime'.

Full story: The Telegraph

The Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment No. 2) Order 2015

This Order amends the Family Proceedings Fees Order 2008), which governs the fees payable in family proceedings in England and Wales in the High Court and the family court.

Statutory Instrument

The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2015

These Rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010.

Statutory Instrument

The Family Court (Composition and Distribution of Business) (Amendment) Rules 2015

These Rules amend the Family Court (Composition and Distribution of Business) Rules 2014 to make provision in relation to the allocation in the family court of applications for Female Genital Mutilation Protection orders under Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

Statutory Instrument

Practice Guidance: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court

Lord Thomas LCJ has issued new practice guidance to answer various questions that have arisen on the application and interpretation of the Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt - Open Court, dated 26 March 2015.

Practice Guidance: Family Law

The place of residential care in the English child welfare system

The Department for Education has released a research report into the place of residential care in the English child welfare system.

Full story: Family Law

Family court statistics quarterly: January to March 2015

This report presents the latest statistics on type and volume of cases that are received and processed through the family court system of England and Wales in the first quarter of 2015 (January to March).

Full story: Ministry of Justice