More babies with 'special guardianship orders' as adoptions fall

The number of babies being made subject to special guardianship orders in England has tripled in two years, according to data obtained by the BBC.

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Court approves caesarean for mentally-ill woman

Doctors can perform a caesarean section on a mentally-ill woman who is in the latter stages of pregnancy without her consent, a judge has ruled.

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Men experiencing or perpetrating domestic violence linked with increase in mental health problems

Men visiting their GP with symptoms of anxiety or depression are more likely to have experienced or carried out some form of behaviour linked to domestic violence and abuse, according to a new University of Bristol study.

Full story: Family Law Week

Reviewing legal aid: Key issues for the 2015 Parliament

House of Commons Library researchers have prepared a briefing on legal aid for Members of the new Parliament in 2015, stating that pressure for government action to improve access to justice for the most vulnerable is likely to continue.

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MIAMs aren’t a guaranteed deal-maker, Resolution tells Lord Neuberger

Respondents to family law organisation's survey finds small proportion of mediations result in a settlement.

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Unregistered surrogate-born children creating 'legal timebomb', judge warns

Children born through surrogacy who lack a court’s parental order could become ‘stateless and parentless’ with birth mother remaining legal parent, says Theis.

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'First wives club’ fights for justice from the divorce courts

A group of women, led by Michelle Young, who feel the divorce courts have left them short-changed have joined forces to help others in their position.

Full story: The Telegraph

Men-only divorce law firm for fathers feeling let down by family courts to open in London

Family law companies with all male client lists have grown in popularity as fathers and husbands worry women are more likely to get a better deal.

Full story: The Independent

Mum's son to be taken off her - because she can't be trusted to keep him away from paedophile father

The boy, her youngest child, was taken away from the mother last year to protect him from his father.

Full story: Manchester Evening News

President gives guidance as to Court of Protection’s powers to impose care plans on reluctant local authorities

Parents fail in appeal to secure a ‘best interests’ approach to son’s care.

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Councils trying to break up foster placements due to cost, carers claim

A small survey by the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers found some carers believed their placements were being threatened.

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Court of Appeal clarifies route for applications for permission to appeal

Application should be to judge at first instance ‘as a matter of good practice’.

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Cafcass private law demand

In April 2015, Cafcass received a total of 2,942 new private law cases.  This is an 8% decrease on April 2014 levels.

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April care demand statistics and rates of application breakdown by local authority

Statistics released today by Cafcass, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, show that in April 2015 Cafcass received a total of 946 care applications, representing a 18% increase when compared to figures from April 2014.

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Judge urges divorcing couple to end 'awful' court fight and reach settlement

Mr Justice Holman, due to start analysing evidence in multi-million pound separation case, tells Ekaterina and Richard Fields battle is ‘unedifying’.

Full story: The Guardian

Adoption rates in freefall after court ruling leaves children languishing in unsuitable homes

The number of children being put forward for adoption has plummeted over the past year following a series of court rulings that have left local authorities frightened of removing them from birth families.

Full story: The Independent

Deprivation of liberty safeguards caseloads rose ten-fold in year after Supreme Court ruling

Figures indicate councils are running up backlogs of cases as less than half of applications have been completed.

Full story: Community Care