Judge Sir Paul Coleridge retires and calls for end to family breakdown

Sir Paul Coleridge says something must be done to stop the "misery" of family breakdown as he retires as a senior High Court judge in the Family Division.

Full story: The Telegraph

Family Justice Council to publish guidelines clarifying 'financial needs'

Separating couples will be given clear new guidelines setting out what they should expect when property and income is distributed by the courts, Simon Hughes has announced.

Full story: Family Law

Consumer panel backs greater recognition of McKenzie Friends

A new trade association, the Society of McKenzie Friends, is set to be launched to represent the non-lawyer advisers who charge fees, as the first step towards self-regulation, it was claimed yesterday.

Full story: Legal Futures

Family head clamps down on care time limit, but hails pioneering court

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court must be a ‘vital component’ of the unified Family Court, the head of the Family Division said in a judgment highlighting the need for strict adherence to the time limit for resolving care cases.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

The Children and Families Act 2014 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2014

This Order makes transitional provisions in connection with the coming into force of provisions in Part 1 and Part 2 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Statutory Instrument

Practice Direction 27A – Family Proceedings: Court Bundles

The President of the Family Division has issued this practice direction to achieve consistency across the country in the Family Court and the Family Division of the High Court in the preparation of court bundles and other related matters.

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Baby adopted in Alessandra Pacchieri forced caesarean case

The young daughter of an Italian woman who was forced to undergo a caesarean section while she visited Britain for a training course has been adopted.

Full story: The Telegraph

Child Arrangements Programme and private law proceedings materials

The final version of the CAP and its accompanying Flowchart have now been published and are available to download below.

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Public Law Outline and public law proceedings materials

The new and revised PLO and its accompanying Flowchart, along with the C110A Application Form, and further public law proceedings materials have now been published and are available to download below.

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Man 'not wearing glasses' when he signed £60,000 a month divorce document

The unnamed polygamist complained he didn't know what he was signing because he couldn't see without his reading glasses.

Full story: The Telegraph

Over 96,000 people contact adoption information service in 12 months

Figures show increasing numbers of people interested in adopting.

Full story: Department for Education

Absence of Ofsted evaluation sparks rise in SCRs

Ofsted's reduced oversight of serious case reviews has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of them being carried out by local authorities, it has been claimed.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Route set out for carer who is neither parent nor guardian to participate in adoption proceedings

In Re G (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 432, the Court of Appeal has considered the legal route for a person who is not a parent or guardian to seek to participate within adoption proceedings.

Full story: Family Law Week

Family Rights Group concerned about proposals on fostering for adoption

Fear that there is a presumption against siblings being placed together.

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Three drug, alcohol, paternity testing companies go into administration

Trimega Laboratories Limited, Screensafe UK Limited and Ingemino Testing Services Limited went into administration on the 7th April 2014. Paul Flint and Brian Green of KPMG were appointed joint administrators.

Full story: Family Law Week

The Crime and Courts Act 2013 (Family Court: Transitional and Saving Provision) Order 2014

These Rules make transitional and savings provision in relation to the establishment of the single family court. The single family court is established by section 17(3) of the Crime and Courts Act 2013.

Statutory Instrument

The Crime and Courts Act 2013 (Commencement No. 10 and Transitional Provision) Order 2014

This Order is the tenth commencement order made under the Crime and Courts Act 2013. It brings into force sections 17 and 28 of and Schedules 9, 10 and 11 to the Act.

Statutory Instrument

Local authorities underestimate adoption breakdowns, study suggests

Adoption breakdowns are higher than official figures suggest with lack of post adoption support a major factor in placements being disrupted, a study commissioned by the Department for Education has concluded.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Care applications in March 2014

In March 2014, Cafcass received a total of 910 applications. This figure represents a 3% decrease compared to those received in March 2013.

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Cafcass private law demand

In March 2014, Cafcass received a total of 3,676 new private law cases. This is a 7% decrease on March 2013 levels.

Full story: Cafcass

Court of Appeal issues guidance on approach to be taken in cases involving parents with disabilities

In Re C (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 128, the Court of Appeal, comprised of Rimer LJ, McFarlane LJ, and Vos LJ, issued guidance on the correct approach to be taken in cases involving parents with disabilities, in particular where deafness is a feature of the case.

Full story: Family Law Week

Man kills wife's pet ram in bitter divorce battle

Husband who put to death wife's pet ram is ordered to pay her £170,000 a year.

Full story: The Telegraph

Children in council care housed 'too far from home'

Young people in local authority care are too often being moved to children's homes and foster places far from their home communities, Ofsted says.

Full story: BBC News

Children’s Guardian is not an ‘advocate to the court’

In MW and Hertfordshire County Council v A and Others [2014] EWCA Civ 405 Lady Justice Macur considered the role and duties of advocates in a case where the maternal uncle and aunt with whom two children were placed, were litigants in person who had limited English.

Full story: Family Law Week

Courts must consider jurisdiction where cases have a foreign element

Local authorities encouraged to participate in Hague proceedings where there are also care proceedings.

Full story: Family Law Week