Supreme Court to hand down judgment in Scottish ‘named person’ case

Appellants claim that the scheme is excessively intrusive.

Full story: Family Law Week

Government consults on mandatory reporting of child abuse

New statutory duties would not apply to general public.

Full story: Family Law Week

5,700 newly recorded FGM cases during 2015-16

Health and Social Care Information Centre publishes first ever annual statistics.

Full story: Family Law Week

Rich wives being told to get a job as judges clamp down on 'meal ticket' divorces - lawyers

Rich wives are increasing being told to go out and get a job rather than rely on maintenance from their ex-husband as judges lead what amounts to a clampdown on “meal ticket” divorces, according to lawyers.

Full story: The Telegraph

Court of Appeal disapproves of ‘destitution’ as threshold for support for migrant children and families

The Court of Appeal has disapproved of 'destitution' as the threshold for support for migrant children and families under the Children Act 1989.

Full story: Family Law Week

Court says care cases must be completed in 18 weeks, research finds

Research on the impact of the Public Law Outline introduced in 2014 has identified 'strong support' for improving timeliness in care proceedings.

Full story: Community Care

Arbitration Children Scheme launched

The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators has today (18 July 2016) launched the Family Law Arbitration Children Scheme, set to bolster the use of arbitration relating to family disputes.

Full story: Family Law

Roberts J quantifies wife’s ‘needs’ claim under Part III MFPA 1984

In Z v Z and Others Mrs Justice Roberts had to consider the quantification of a wife's claim under Part III MFPA 1984 application following a concluded agreement in Russia and where the assets which had been generated were nearly exclusively non-matrimonial.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge rules against excessive tuition costs in divorce settlement

Two teenagers whose mother said she needed £60,000 a year to cover the cost of out-of-school tutors do not have enough time in their lives to enjoy being children, a High Court judge has suggested.

Full story: AOL

Law Commission opens consultation on its next programme of law reform

Commission proposes reviews of laws relating to surrogacy and to children’s social care.

Full story: Family Law Week

Resolution welcomes new Justice Secretary

Resolution today welcomed Rt Hon Liz Truss MP in her role as the new Secretary of State for Justice.

Full story: Resolution

Programme aims to help people affected by 'parental alienation'

Rise in cases of children poisoned against one parent by the other during family breakdowns calls for intensive help, support service says.

Full story: The Guardian

New statistics show laws need to catch up with modern families, says Resolution

Today’s statistics, showing cohabiting couples represent nearly 10% of the population, are further proof that the law on cohabitation needs to catch up with modern British society, says Resolution.

Full story: Resolution

Legal aid residence test was ultra vires, Supreme Court says in full judgment

Nearly three months after taking the unprecedented step of allowing an appeal to the government’s plans to introduce a civil legal aid residence test midway through its hearing, the Supreme Court today handed down its full judgment in the case.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Marriage continues decline and cohabitation increases since 2002

Latest ONS figures show that just over half the adult population are married.

Full story: Family Law Week

Action urged over social workers' loads

High drop-out rates among England's social workers must be tackled urgently as they grapple with the pressure of increasing workloads, MPs say.

Full story: BBC News

Millionaire airline captain locked in 'scandalous' divorce battle which could 'bankrupt' him

In a case that has been compared to the infamous court dispute between Jarndyce and Jarndyce in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, a millionaire airline pilot is locked in a “scandalous” divorce battle over payouts for a daughter he says is not his.

Full story: The Telegraph

Cafcass private law demand

In June 2016, Cafcass received a total of 3,599 new private law cases.  This is a 6% increase on June 2015 levels.

Full story: Cafcass

Care applications in June 2016

In June 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,265 care applications.  This figure represents a 13% increase compared to those received in June 2015.

Full story: Cafcass

Contact centre forced to close by legal aid cuts

A contact centre that provides a safe environment for separated parents to spend time with their children will close next month following a sharp fall in solicitor referrals as a result of legal aid cuts.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

FGM: 'More community funding needed' to maintain progress

Community groups involved in an initiative to tackle female genital mutilation in England and Wales have warned that future progress could be threatened by a lack of local funding.

Full story: BBC News

Children’s organisations welcome Narey report into residential children’s homes

Organisations supporting children have welcomed Sir Martin Narey's independent review of children's residential care.

Full story: Family Law Week

Ex-model wins £75m divorce settlement from Saudi billionaire

Christina Estrada awarded sum, including £53m cash payment, at high court from former husband Sheikh Walid Juffali.

Full story: The Guardian

Resolution members celebrated at Legal Aid Oscars

Members of family law organisation Resolution were celebrated in the 2016 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.

Full story: Resolution

ADCS Conference: Timpson announces foster care review

The government is to undertake a national “stocktake” of fostering in order to understand how the system can be improved.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Minister: ‘We won’t privatise child protection or politicise social work’

Edward Timpson tells children's services directors to dismiss "conspiracy theories" around government's social care reform agenda.

Full story: Community Care

Family justice review: how care applications vary in different LAs

Research looking at care applications in 21 local authorities (LAs) and how long they take.

Full story: Department for Education

Supreme Court to determine legality of legal aid residence test

Judgment to be delivered on 13th July.

Full story: Family Law Week

Strategy for helping care leavers published

State will support care leavers to achieve specified key outcomes.

Full story: Family Law Week