Final Report of the Financial Remedies Working Group 15 December 2014

The Financial Remedies Working Group (‘the group’) was established by the President of the Family Division in June 2014.

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Clare's Law: 1,300 domestic abuse disclosures made

A scheme allowing people to find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence has been used more than 1,300 times in less than a year.

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A third of siblings in care 'forced to live apart'

More than a third (37%) of children in care in England who have siblings are having to live apart from any of them, suggests research by a charity.

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LGA criticises Ofsted’s ‘blinkered approach’ to inspecting children’s services

The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, is calling for an overhaul of the way children's services are inspected, so the roles of everyone involved in protecting vulnerable children are monitored and included in a judgment.

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£2.9bn unpaid child maintenance 'uncollectable'

Billions of pounds owed in child maintenance may never be recovered, government accounts show.

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Absent parents now paying maintenance cash at record levels

The number of absent parents who are now paying towards the cost of their children through the Child Support Agency has hit an all-time high.

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Sharp rise in number of children adopted by gay and lesbian couples

Last year 180 infants were adopted by gay couples and another 150 went to live with lesbian parents, according to the Department of Education.

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The Gender Recognition Register (Marriage and Civil Partnership) Regulations 2015

These Regulations provide for the registration of marriages and civil partnerships in which one or both parties have obtained a full gender recognition certificate under the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

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Court deals blow to rights of domestic violence survivors to access justice

The High Court today rejected a legal challenge over the lawfulness of Government changes to legal aid for domestic violence victims.

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£60k compensation for pensioner, 91, locked away from his cat

Judge says it is 'hard to imagine a more depressing and inexcusable' case than that of the WWII veteran taken from his home against his wishes by Essex council.

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Former beauty queen in Laura Ashley divorce battle complains she is too poor to decorate dolls' houses

Pauline Chai told a court she needed £85,000 of her husband's money each month to pay for holidays and chauffeurs.

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Judge orders father to take his children to church

Child care proceedings challenged after judge tells father he has a legal requirement to take his sons to Catholic mass.

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Supreme Court to hear appeal by council over costs award in children case

The Supreme Court will next week hear a local authority’s challenge to being ordered to pay a father's appeal costs in a children’s case.

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Young people’s guide to staying put published

Guide is for those in care or who have left care.

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Family Court magistrate suspended after objecting to gay parents

A magistrate has been suspended – after he objected to a gay couple being permitted to adopt a child.

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Legal aid cuts hit divided families as contact centres close down

Anguish as lifeline neutral spaces for separated parents who cannot agree access rights suffer dramatic fall in referrals.

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MoJ scraps plans to increase divorce application fees

Consultation response proves hostile to planned increase of fee to £750.

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Domestic violence helpline facing closure

LGBT domestic violence charity Broken Rainbow’s helpline may close after failing to secure government funding.

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'More children go missing' from foster carers

There was a large increase in the instances of children going missing from foster homes last year, Ofsted statistics show.

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Councils must be more proactive to prevent FGM, says top judge

More vigilance needed in taking appropriate protective measures as prevention is best approach, says Sir James Munby.

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Twelve new family law QCs appointed

The Lord Chancellor has approved the appointment of 12 new family law Queen's Counsel today.

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