Government rejects calls by MPs for a ban on B&Bs for care leavers

The Department for Education tells the Education Committee that a total ban on bed and breakfasts risks leaving young people with nowhere to go in emergencies.

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Child witnesses of domestic violence need better support, claim

Not enough support is being offered to the one in four children experts say will witness domestic violence by the age of 18, it is claimed.

Full story: BBC News

Multi-million pound divorce 'can be heard in England'

A multi-million pound divorce between a wealthy Malaysian couple can be heard in an English court, a judge has ruled.

Full story: BBC News

Fewer than one in four couples seeking counselling to save marriage

Survey reveals women more open to seeking specialist help to avoid divorce.

Full story: Family Law Week

Munby urges radical reform of family courts

The president of the Family Division has publicly questioned whether divorce should remain subject to judicial supervision.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

No need for human rights proportionality evaluation in private law children proceedings

Legislative mechanism for such decisions is ‘human rights compliant’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Order for security of costs granted against Michael Prest

Order made in respect of husband’s appeal against committal.

Full story: Family Law Week

Revised regulations set out the process for the conversion of civil partnerships into marriages, giving couples more choice

Couples in a civil partnership will have the option to convert it into a marriage before Christmas once regulations laid before Parliament yesterday are approved.

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The Children and Families Act 2014 (Commencement No. 5 and Transitional Provision) Order 2014

This Order brings into force section 11 (welfare of the child: parental involvement) of the Children and Families Act 2014 on 22nd October 2014 subject to the transitional provision set out in Article 4.

Statutory Instrument

High-flying housewife seeks larger slice of ex's £11m fortune in divorce courts

Julia Hammans says she "sacrficed" her career during marriage to husband Nicholas, who went on to become a partner in Price Waterhouse Coopers while she is being forced to sell the family home.

Full story: The Telegraph

Care leavers' 'emotional needs unmet'

The emotional needs of children who have been in care are not being well looked after, a charity suggests.

Full story: BBC News

Presumption of parental involvement to come into force on 22 October 2014

The President of the Family Division has today announced that the presumption of parental involvement at section 11 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (which inserts new sections 1(2)A, 1(2)B, 1(6) and 1(7) into the Children Act 1989) will come into force on 22 October 2014.

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Practice Guidance: Family Court – Duration of ex-parte (without notice) orders

Practice guidance issued by the President of the Family Division on 13 October 2014.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Over 60% of parents unrepresented in private children proceedings

Over sixty percent of parents are now without a lawyer when going to court to contest arrangements for their children, new government figures reveal.

Full story: Family Law Week

Closer solicitor–mediator collaboration is key to brighter future, says NFM

Call for legal intervention in divorce to be ‘proportionate’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Gingerbread welcomes Public Accounts Committee’s child maintenance warnings

Charity pleased to see single parents’ concerns about the impact of new charges to use the Child Maintenance Service taken up by the Public Accounts Committee.

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Care applications in September 2014

In September 2014, Cafcass received a total of 902 applications. This figure represents an 7% increase compared to those received in September 2013.

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Cafcass private law demand

In September 2014, Cafcass received a total of 2,858 new private law cases. This is a 25% decrease on September 2013 levels.

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The Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

These Regulations amend the Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) Regulations 2005, which make provision under section 98 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 for the purposes of assisting persons adopted before the 30th December 2005 to obtain information about their adoption and to facilitate contact between those persons and their birth relatives.

Statutory Instrument

Legal aid cuts are biggest problem for solicitors in Wales

The latest Law Society annual firm survey shows that almost half of law firms in Wales are experiencing problems as a result of changes to the legal aid system.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children must be protected from parents' problem drinking – Children’s Commissioner

New study identifies steps to be taken by health and social services.

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Civil news: updated family mediation guidance available

Draft amendments to guidance to prepare for changes to family mediation funding.

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Denial of legal aid in Court of Protection cases "a false economy", says judge

Denying individuals legal aid for complex Court of Protection cases is a false economy, a High Court judge has warned.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer