Government confirms councils' duty to support domestic abuse victims

Councils will have a statutory duty to provide safe accommodation for victims of domestic abuse and their children from 2021, the government has confirmed.

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Woman who alienated son from ex-husband loses custody over boy’s care

A woman has lost a fight over the care of her 12-year-old son after a High Court judge concluded that she had alienated the youngster from his father.

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Lay member of family rules committee quit after lack of progress

A layperson who quit a family committee sponsored by the Ministry of Justice voiced concern at the lack of progress on improving children's participation in proceedings, it has emerged.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Judge sanctions DNA testing on dementia sufferer thought to have fathered children

Specialists have been given the go-ahead to swab the mouth of an elderly dementia sufferer so DNA tests can be carried out in a bid to establish whether he fathered two sons and a daughter.

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Judge hits out at lack of resources for councils looking after young vulnerable people at risk of harm

A Family Court judge has published a judgment in relation to a 15-and-a-half year old girl to highlight the resource issues that local authorities face looking after young vulnerable people at risk of harm, describing the problems as “huge”.

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Legal aid cuts fuel surge in self-referrals to child contact centres

Legal aid cuts have fuelled a surge in the number of separating parents without solicitors making self-referrals to child contact centres to make their situation less stressful, it has emerged.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics: June 2019

Quarterly statistics on the progress of the Child Support Agency (CSA) child support schemes to June 2019.

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Woman with learning disabilities at centre of abortion dispute gives birth

A woman with learning disabilities who was at the centre of an abortion battle has given birth, lawyers have said.

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Queen’s Speech: Johnson puts law and order issues at forefront

Crime and justice policies were placed at the centre of the government’s agenda today as the Queen’s Speech set out its legislative priorities.

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Abusive men using child contact as way to carry on subjecting women to domestic abuse

Thousands of domestic abusers are preying on their victims during meetings with their children ordered by the family courts, The Independent can reveal.

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‘One lawyer is enough’: family judge issues court guidance

Solicitors with cases being heard at Central Family Court have been told they do not always have to turn up with their barristers.

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Woman with severe learning disabilities to have abortion, judge rules

Doctors allowed to perform termination on woman with mental age of toddler.

Full story: The Guardian

Cafcass 'just as busy' despite falling care applications, says chief

The chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) Jacky Tiotto says the body has not seen a fall in work despite it dealing with fewer care applications over the past year.

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Civil partnership registrations rise for third consecutive year

Dissolutions fall by a quarter.

Full story: Family Law Week

New private law cases received by Cafcass in September rose by 11 per cent year-on-year

Cafcass received a total of 3,803 new private law cases in September – 10.9 per cent (374 cases) higher than the same month last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

New care applications received by Cafcass in September fell by 5 per cent

New applications down in each of the last eleven months.

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Proportion of births in E & W to mothers born outside the UK falls for the first time since 1990

One in three children born in E & W had at least one parent born outside the UK.

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Kinship care in crisis, finds Grandparents Plus

A State of the Nation Survey Report by Grandparents Plus finds that kinship care is in a state of crisis.

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Judge decides vulnerable woman should be fitted with contraceptive device

A woman with learning disabilities, who was at the centre of an abortion battle, should be fitted with a contraceptive device, a judge in a specialist court has decided.

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Cafcass backs renewed focus on pre-proceedings work in public law children cases - but rejects direct role

Cafcass has said it supports a renewed focus on pre-proceedings work and managing risk in public law children cases, with more emphasis on gaining and recording the wishes and feelings of children at that stage.

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Welsh council criticised after couples became embroiled in ‘nightmare’ adoption case

Social services bosses at a Welsh council have come under fire from a High Court judge after two couples became embroiled in “nightmare” litigation when a woman changed her mind about giving up a baby daughter for adoption.

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Council correct not to arrange prostitutes for man with learning disabilities, judge

A judge has said social services bosses should not facilitate access to prostitutes for a man with learning difficulties.

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