'Hostile' divorce judge thrown off case

High court judge Sir Nicholas Mostyn, Sir Paul McCartney’s former divorce barrister, has been thrown off a case for showing too much “hostility” after threatening to imprison a husband suffering from cancer for failing to keep up divorce payments.

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Ombudsman warns of risk of determining mental capacity without proper assessment

Family left believing their father was being ‘held prisoner’ against his wishes.

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Conveyancers overtake family lawyers in complaints league table

Conveyancers have usurped family lawyers as the main cause of complaints to the Legal Ombudsman, its annual report has revealed.

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Dead tycoon's former partner fights over £6m estate in unique 'divorce' battle

Helen Roocroft is fighting for a bigger share of her ex's estate claiming Carol Ann Ainscow misled her about her wealth when they split.

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Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings and mediation in private family law disputes: quantitative research findings

This is the second and final report from a programme of research to provide evidence on the use and client experience of MIAMs and mediation in private family law disputes.

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Family Justice Research Bulletin: 5 January 2015

A summary of the findings of recent research relevant to family justice.

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Women with disabilities excluded from domestic abuse law, say campaigners

Male carers who can prove they are acting in their partners’ interests would escape punishment under ‘coercive control’ legislation.

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New Children’s Commissioner for Wales announced

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, has today announced the appointment of Professor Sally Holland as the new Children’s Commissioner for Wales.

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Cohabiting couple families are the fastest growing family type in the UK, according to ONS data

According to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), cohabiting couple families are the fastest growing family type in the UK.

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House husband battles divorce ruling which would force him to sell home and get a job

A house husband who was supported by his millionaire wife for years is fighting a divorce court ruling he claims is forcing him to quit their £1 million home — and get a full-time job.

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Final Report of the Financial Remedies Working Group 15 December 2014

The Financial Remedies Working Group (‘the group’) was established by the President of the Family Division in June 2014.

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Clare's Law: 1,300 domestic abuse disclosures made

A scheme allowing people to find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence has been used more than 1,300 times in less than a year.

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A third of siblings in care 'forced to live apart'

More than a third (37%) of children in care in England who have siblings are having to live apart from any of them, suggests research by a charity.

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LGA criticises Ofsted’s ‘blinkered approach’ to inspecting children’s services

The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, is calling for an overhaul of the way children's services are inspected, so the roles of everyone involved in protecting vulnerable children are monitored and included in a judgment.

Full story: Family Law Week

£2.9bn unpaid child maintenance 'uncollectable'

Billions of pounds owed in child maintenance may never be recovered, government accounts show.

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Absent parents now paying maintenance cash at record levels

The number of absent parents who are now paying towards the cost of their children through the Child Support Agency has hit an all-time high.

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Sharp rise in number of children adopted by gay and lesbian couples

Last year 180 infants were adopted by gay couples and another 150 went to live with lesbian parents, according to the Department of Education.

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The Gender Recognition Register (Marriage and Civil Partnership) Regulations 2015

These Regulations provide for the registration of marriages and civil partnerships in which one or both parties have obtained a full gender recognition certificate under the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

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Court deals blow to rights of domestic violence survivors to access justice

The High Court today rejected a legal challenge over the lawfulness of Government changes to legal aid for domestic violence victims.

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£60k compensation for pensioner, 91, locked away from his cat

Judge says it is 'hard to imagine a more depressing and inexcusable' case than that of the WWII veteran taken from his home against his wishes by Essex council.

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Former beauty queen in Laura Ashley divorce battle complains she is too poor to decorate dolls' houses

Pauline Chai told a court she needed £85,000 of her husband's money each month to pay for holidays and chauffeurs.

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Judge orders father to take his children to church

Child care proceedings challenged after judge tells father he has a legal requirement to take his sons to Catholic mass.

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Supreme Court to hear appeal by council over costs award in children case

The Supreme Court will next week hear a local authority’s challenge to being ordered to pay a father's appeal costs in a children’s case.

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