State pension sharing on the termination of a marriage or civil partnership

DWP information note published on changes from 6 April 2016.

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Children Arbitration Scheme to be launched

Resolution announces plan to roll-out scheme in July 2016.

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Clear advice and guidance key to supporting young people leaving care, says Ombudsman

Council makes mistakes in its handling teenager’s immigration status.

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Quarter of foster carers rarely or never keep in contact with former foster children

The Fostering Network launches campaign to help maintain foster relationships.

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Judge rules £200k a year is 'appropriate' provision for Arab royal's son

Court hears mother of boy wanted £800k a year so that the youngster could "replicate" his father's lifestyle.

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The Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016

These Regulations amend the Schedule to the Special Guardianship Regulations (2005) which prescribes the matters to be dealt with by local authorities in reports they prepare for the court in applications for special guardianship orders.

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Latest deprivation of liberty ruling has ‘huge implications’ for children’s social workers

Experts say the case could soon be talked of as having a similar impact to Cheshire West itself in terms of the role of the state and its obligations to 16- and 17-year-olds.

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Christian couple have adopted child removed after people 'talk in tongues' at prayer meeting as he had 'demons'

Boy told social workers he was 'held down by numerous people' who had 'spoken in a different language' in a prayer meeting at the couple's home.

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Criticisms made of fertility clinic

In the judgment F v M and Others [2015] EWHC 3601 (Fam), [2016] FLR forthcoming, Pauffley J was concerned with a couple who conceived a child as a result of fertility treatment at a licensed clinic.

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Non-biological mother wins international child abduction appeal in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal by a non-biological mother of a child, holding that the unilateral removal of the child to Pakistan by the biological mother did not cause the child to lose her English habitual residence, and that the English court retained full jurisdiction to make decisions about her welfare.

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Foster carers and children ‘prevented’ from keeping in contact after separation

The Fostering Network has called for the government to publish guidance to ensure social workers enable contact to continue.

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Paedophile awarded legal aid in fight to see son, eight

Convicted sex criminal, named only as 'Q', was given taxpayer funding on human rights grounds to fight lack of contact with son.

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Supreme Court to deliver judgment in habitual residence case

Appeal from B (A Child) (Habitual Residence) (Inherent Jurisdiction) [2015] EWCA Civ 886.

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International Child Abduction Unit: request for co-operation form published

The International Child Abduction and Contact Unit has published a form and guidance notes for local authorities to use in child protection cases to make a request for co-operation to another country.

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ALC and NAGALRO respond to guidance on the need for guardians to justify court attendance at care hearings

Due weight must be given to the guardian’s views on the need for attendance.

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Court of Appeal hears challenge over domestic violence legal aid

The Court of Appeal has begun hearing a challenge to government changes to legal aid for victims of domestic violence.

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HHJ Bellamy issues local section 20 practice guidance

In the light of recent developments in case-law in respect of the use (and misuse) of s 20, Children Act 1989 by local authorities when children are voluntarily accommodated in their care, Leicester Designated Family Judge, HHJ Bellamy, has issued local section 20 practice guidance.

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Heterosexual couple lose civil partnership court challenge

A heterosexual couple who want to enter into a civil partnership have lost a legal challenge at London's High Court.

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Court of Protection to increase transparency with start of pilot scheme

A pilot scheme begins today which will see the public and media gain access to Court of Protection hearings across England and Wales for the first time.

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The ICACU releases guidance on care cases with an international element

The International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) has published a form and guidance notes where co-operation into and out of the jurisdiction under either Brussels IIa or under the 1996 Hague Convention is required in care proceedings.

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Only one in eight children who are sexually abused are identified by professionals

The Children's Commissioner calls for urgent action to improve prevention.

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LiPs ‘behind unfair’ divorce settlement

A High Court judge has granted permission for a woman to appeal her divorce settlement, after a lack of representation due to legal aid cuts led a district judge to conclude incorrectly that she was a liar and a bigamist.

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Parker J provides comprehensive review of the law and guidance on committal applications

In W v H (No 2) (Contempt Contents of Application Notice) [2015] EWHC 2436 (Fam) Parker J provides a comprehensive review of the law and guidance on the subject of committal applications in her decision on a wife's application for committal in respect of the husband's alleged breaches of a lump sum order and undertakings.

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Trailblazing therapy helps warring parents work together in the interests of their children

A new programme has demonstrated that it is possible to successfully engage parents 'entrenched' in emotionally damaging and costly legal disputes surrounding the care of their children.

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2012 statutory child maintenance scheme: Aug 2013 to Nov 2015

Statistics on intake, number of cases, accuracy, telephony and complaints.

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Wife who claims her lawyer ex-husband 'doctored' bank statements 'with tipp-ex' wants him jailed

Multi-millionaire's ex-wife claims he 'spent'" the whole of a £6 million fortune in just nine months to cheat her of her rightful share.

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Senior judges lambast government over court fees

Deep divisions between the government and judiciary over court fee increases were today laid bare through a rare barrage of public criticism.

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Kent council struggling to cope with rise in child migrants

Vulnerable children are being placed in care outside their home county of Kent due to the influx of child asylum seekers, according to council chiefs.

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Harsh evidence tests leave 40 per cent of domestic violence victims at risk

This month the Court of Appeal will decide whether to overturn a High Court ruling on the lawfulness of government changes to legal aid for domestic violence victims.

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‘Shaken’ baby might return to parents

‘Plainly exhausted’ mother probably shook baby in ‘momentary loss of control’, judge concludes.

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New CAP Orders released by the President

The President has released a set of overhauled orders to be used under the Child Arrangements Programme.

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