Judge calls for LiP powers after court ‘bombarded’ with emails

An appeal judge has called for extra powers to curb the activities of litigants in person who inundate courts with communications.

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Bill to ratify Istanbul Convention to have second reading on 16 December 2016

A Bill which would require the United Kingdom to ratify the Istanbul Convention is due to have its second reading on 16 December 2016.

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Privy Council to give judgment in division of matrimonial assets case

Judgment to be promulgated in Scatliffe v Scatliffe on 12 December 2016.

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‘Toxic trio’ increasingly drives involvement of children’s social care services

The Association of Directors of Children's Services has published the latest version of its Safeguarding Pressures research.

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1.8 million adults said they were victims of domestic violence in last year

There were in England and Wales an estimated 1.8 million adults aged 16 to 59 who said they were a victim of domestic abuse in the year ending March 2016.

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Men killed 900 women in six years in England and Wales, figures show

Government urged to protect long-term funding for domestic abuse services as study reveals scale of deadly male violence.

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Husband ordered to leave home over wife mistreatment claims

A 67-year-old millionaire has been ordered by a judge to leave his home after his wife said she had been used as "an emotional punch bag".

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Divorce rate continues to fall in latest ONS figures

The number of people divorcing in England and Wales decreased by 3.1 per cent in 2014, according to the latest statistical bulletin published today (5 December 2016) from Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Claims for financial orders on divorce do not vest in trustee in bankruptcy

The judgment has been published in the dismissal of a claim by the trustee in bankruptcy under sections 23 and 24 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 where the bankrupt was deceased.

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Children in care 'in need of early education but too few receive it'

New study finds missed opportunities.

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Home Secretary hosts forum to end FGM

Government responds to Select Committee’s recommendations on FGM.

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Lawyers overwhelmingly hostile to settlement conferences in care proceedings

Family lawyers have turned overwhelmingly hostile to settlement conferences in public law cases but are equally largely in favour of the process in private law children cases.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Report by The Children’s Society reveals neglect of teenagers at home

One in seven reports some form of neglect by parents or carers.

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FGM protection orders factsheet published

The Home Office has published a factsheet setting out information about FGM protection orders and how to apply for them.

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Lord Chief Justice concerned by number of LiPs in the family courts

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, has expressed concern over the number of LiPs involved private family law disputes.

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Commons library publishes guide on UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Commons Library has published a briefing paper giving an overview of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, what it covers and how it is enforced.

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150 Resolution members gather in Parliament to call for No Fault Divorce

The Government will come under increasing pressure to introduce ‘No Fault Divorce’ today (Wednesday 30 November), as 150 family lawyers and other professionals come to Parliament to meet with MPs and Peers on the subject.

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Jewish father who let children ride bikes on Sabbath exposed them to 'alien way of life', ultra-orthodox wife claims

A Jewish father who left an ultra-orthodox community when splitting from his wife was accused of letting their two young children ride their bikes on the Sabbath and watch television, a family court judge has said.

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British woman can adopt girl found in box in Egypt, judge rules

High court decides NHS administrator can bring up child, now six, in the UK despite objections from Egyptian authorities.

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Judge dismisses ‘unaffordable’ care package case

Court of Protection ends proceedings after determining man has capacity to make decisions about his care.

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Ellie Butler family court judge may be called to 'inevitable' inquest

Dame Mary Hogg, who ruled that girl should be returned to father who later murdered her, could be asked to give evidence.

Full story: The Guardian

New international child relocation rankings reveal that Belgian courts are the least likely to grant a relocation order

The first ever international child relocation rankings, compiled by the Penningtons Manches family law team, reveal that Belgium is the jurisdiction least likely to allow a parent to relocate with a child internationally.

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Court hears rare treatment withdrawal application for minimally conscious patient

Mr Justice Charles criticises Legal Aid Agency for advancing any argument ‘to avoid paying legal aid’.

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Cobb J sets out core principles for conducting re-hearings

Court re-hears fact-finding into life-threatening injuries to child.

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Resolution introduces new Code

Resolution has launched a new Code of Practice for its members.

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Men’s attitude to fatherhood affects children’s behaviour

Amount of direct involvement in childcare of less significance.

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