10% decrease in number of children with a placement order waiting to be placed

Number of children adopted from care has decreased.

Full story: Family Law Week

Court of Appeal: Divorcée can be identified

Appeal judges lift an order protecting parties’ anonymity.

Full story: Family Law Week

UK judges change court rules on child contact for violent fathers

Reforms aim to end presumption that a father must have contact with a child when there is evidence of domestic abuse.

Full story: The Guardian

January 2017 Practice Note Official Solicitor Appointment in Family Proceedings

This Practice Note replaces the Practice Note dated March 2013 issued by the Official Solicitor.

Full story: Family Law Week

Sir Oliver Heald QC outlines LASPO review timetable

Justice minister working ‘within straitjacket’ of UK’s finances.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Practice Direction: Family Court – Duration of Ex Parte (Without Notice) Orders

This Guidance was originally issued on 13 October 2014. This revised Guidance, issued on 18 January 2017, supersedes the previous Guidance.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children unnecessarily removed from parents, report claims

Dossier indicates drive to increase adoptions is punitive for low-income families and alternatives exist.

Full story: The Guardian

Bristol launches new scheme to help litigants in person

A new scheme aimed at helping litigants in person appearing before the Bristol Family and Civil courts is being launched next week.

Full story: Family Law

MOJ publishes report on implementation of Law Commission proposals

The Ministry of Justice has published their 2015-2016 Report on the implementation of Law Commission proposals.

Full story: Family Law

Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill fails in Commons

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill, sponsored by Tim Loughton MP, has failed at its second reading in the House of Commons.

Full story: Family Law Week

Three-quarters of social workers oppose ‘power to innovate’ provisions

LAs should not be permitted to opt out of statutory duties to children and families.

Full story: Family Law Week

Sixteen new family law silks appointed

Sixteen family lawyers have been included among the new Queen's Counsel appointed today (12 January 2017).

Full story: Family Law

Civil partnership for only same-sex couples is ‘discriminatory’

Private members bill receives cross-party support ahead of Commons debate.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Care applications in December 2016

In December 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,068 care applications.  This figure represents a 3% decrease compared with those received in December 2015.

Full story: Cafcass

Cafcass private law demand

In December 2016, Cafcass received a total of 2,938 new private law cases. This is a 1% increase on December 2015 levels.

Full story: Cafcass

Foster carer left with no support for 6 years following dispute with local authority over placement

A family and friends foster carer who took on three vulnerable children after their mother was unable to care for them, failed to get council support for the arrangement for 6 years.

Full story: Family Law

Government fund for 'exciting' adoption initiatives opens

The Department for Education has launched a fresh push to improve the adoption system, inviting bids for grant funding to "spark new innovations".

Full story: Children & Young People Now

'Bonfire of children's rights' Bill opposed

A Bill described as "a bonfire of child protection rights", which would let councils opt out of key legal duties to children, is being debated on Tuesday.

Full story: BBC News