Resolution submits evidence to Bach Commission on Access to Justice

Resolution has recently submitted evidence to the Bach Commission on Access to Justice as part of its continued campaigning work on legal aid in the aftermath of LASPO.

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Serious case review to probe whether toddler battered to death by foster mother could have been saved

Social services are facing questions after a “barbaric” woman beat an 18-month-old girl in her care to death, inflicting 200 injuries on her and trying to blame her eldest son for the child’s death.

Full story: The Telegraph

Mother who tried to move family to Syria ordered to give up children

The high court has ruled that the three children of a Leicester woman who tried to take them to Isis-controlled territory must live with their grandmother.

Full story: The Guardian

Man refusing treatment in bid for hospital care closer to home

A man with learning difficulties is refusing medication which could save his life because he wants to be in a hospital nearer home, a judge has been told.

Full story: Hereford Times

Judge rejects challenge over refusal of support under s.17 Children Act

A High Court judge has rejected a judicial review challenge brought by a claimant via her mother over a London borough’s decision to refuse to provide accommodation and support.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Legal Aid Agency changes standard cost limits in family law cases

Substantive certificates for family work issued after 1 May 2016 will have a £5,000 cost limitation as standard, the Legal Aid Agency has announced.

Full story: Family Law Week

Vulnerable children turned away from mental health treatment report finds

The Education Committee's report on the mental health and well-being of looked-after children notes that a significant number of local authorities and health services are failing to identify mental health issues when children enter care.

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Child Maintenance Service’s caseload rose by 21% in 3 months to February 2016

88% of money due has been paid under the 2012 scheme.

Full story: Family Law Week

Man who ‘controlled every aspect of victim's life’ convicted for controlling or coercive behaviour

Six months imprisonment and two years restraining order for perpetrator.

Full story: Family Law Week

Marriage in 2013 fell by 8%

First annual decline since 2009.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge to decide treatment of two-year-old disabled boy who 'no longer giggles'

Doctors want a ruling that limiting treatment to palliative care would be lawful and in the boy's best interests.

Full story: The Independent

Lawyers hit back at Gary Lineker’s divorce claims

Family solicitors have defended the profession after Gary Lineker accused lawyers of fuelling hate between divorcing couples.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Police pensions: transfer values and pension sharing on divorce

Addenda to scheme guidance published.

Full story: Family Law Week

FGM toolkit for family lawyers launched

At its annual conference in Gateshead, family law organisation Resolution has published a new screening toolkit on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

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Woman who died after 'losing sparkle' cannot be named, court rules

Court of protection declines to name 50-year-old who died after refusing life-saving kidney treatment.

Full story: The Guardian

‘Only a fraction’ of forced marriage investigations result in a prosecution

FoI request uncovers evidential difficulties of investigations.

Full story: Family Law Week

New Resolution chair aims for no fault divorce

New Resolution national chair Nigel Shepherd used his first speech in the role to issue a rallying cry for family lawyers to continue to call for no fault divorce.

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Police force fined for passing on personal details in domestic violence case

Contents of mobile phone given to suspect’s solicitor.

Full story: Family Law Week

Increased need for translation services in civil and family courts

Polish is the language for which most requests for interpreter services are made.

Full story: Family Law Week

Muslim man loses high court bid to have sons circumcised

Father went to court after mother of the boys, aged four and six, objected to the procedure at a young age.

Full story: The Guardian