Boy 'living life entirely as a girl' removed from mother's care by judge

Mother who was convinced her son perceived himself as a girl caused 7-year-old boy ‘significant emotional harm’.

Full story: The Guardian

The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2016

These rules amend rule 14.2 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, which makes provision for the assignment of serial numbers to adoptive parents or prospective adoptive parents in proceedings for adoption and certain other proceedings, in order to keep their identity confidential.

Statutory Instrument

Judge dismisses ‘conspiracy theory’ against social workers in care proceedings

A father believed his children had been encouraged to make abuse allegations against him by a social worker.

Full story: Community Care

Married couples failing to claim tax perk, says HMRC

Less than a quarter of couples eligible for marriage tax allowance are bothering to claim it, according to HM Revenue and Customs.

Full story: BBC News

TUC: Legal aid reforms cutting people out of justice system

Damning report reiterates damaging impact of cuts as support grows for LASPO review.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

President clarifies status of draft guidance on anonymising judgments

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has issued a statement on the judicial website clarifying the status of draft guidance on anonymising judgments published in August 2016 by the Association of Lawyers for Children and Dr Julia Brophy.

Full story: Family Law

Child protection: concerns raised as to the police approach

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills, has written to Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary raising concerns about the contribution of police to safeguarding child.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge praises devotion of social worker in care proceedings

A social worker has been praised by a judge for devoting hours to a family and providing “reliable and persuasive” evidence in care proceedings.

Full story: Community Care

Troubled families scheme has made 'no significant impact'

A flagship government initiative to help the most disadvantaged families in England has made no significant impact, according to analysis of the scheme.

Full story: BBC News

Civil Partnerships Records Regulations 2016

Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships Records Regulations 2016.

Full story: Family Law Week

McKenzie friend jailed for ‘deceit in family court’

A paid McKenzie friend has been jailed for perverting the course of justice in a family court.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

DfE suggests 'exemption' from foster carer assessments

Councils could use controversial new powers allowing them to be exempted from children's social care legislation in order to streamline checks on potential foster carers, the Department for Education has suggested.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Official Solicitor publishes questionnaire for private law cases involving families

The Official Solicitor's Office has published a questionnaire to help the Official Solicitor understand the issues involved when acting for a parent lacking litigation capacity.

Full story: Family Law Week

Leading family lawyer calls for action on 'endemic' court delays

The government needs to take urgent action to secure the viability and sustainability of the family courts in response to the rising number of litigants and a sharp decline in funding, a leading family lawyer has said.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Civil partner wins appeal against estate of former partner who hid assets

Court confirms that Sharland and Gohil apply to civil partnership dissolutions.

Full story: Family Law Week

Justice Committee launches inquiry into justice system post-Brexit

Committee will consider implications for international family disputes.

Full story: Family Law Week

Cafcass private law demand

In September 2016, Cafcass received a total of 3,588 new private law cases. This is a 19% increase on September 2015 levels.

Full story: Cafcass

Care applications in September 2016

In September 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,216 care applications.  This figure represents a 23% increase compared to those received in September 2015.

Full story: Cafcass

Children services still not good enough, according to National Audit Office

According to the National Audit Office, the actions taken by the Department for Education since 2010 to improve the quality of help and protection services delivered by local authorities for children have not yet resulted in services being of good enough quality.

Full story: Family Law

MIAMs information not completed on 40% of divorce applications

Figures revealed following FOI request by National Family Mediation.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Bankrupt cannot be forced to access pension pots to repay debts, Court of Appeal confirms

A bankrupt individual that has chosen not to access his pension savings cannot be forced to do so in order to repay debts, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.

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Turkey signs 1996 and 2007 Hague Conventions

On Friday, 7 October 2016, Turkey signed and deposited its instrument of ratification to the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention and to the 2007 Hague Maintenance Convention.

Full story: Family Law

360,000 visits to Government's Sorting out Separation website

The DWP has published information about visitors and their use of the Sorting out Separation website from its launch in December 2012 to December 2015.

Full story: Family Law Week