Children’s services’ ‘fundamental lack of understanding’ of domestic abuse risks slammed by case review

Social workers involved with Gloucestershire couple where man later killed baby failed to explore criminal history or injuries to mother.

Full story: Community Care

Assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases

A public call for evidence on how the family courts protect children and parents in private law children cases concerning domestic abuse and other serious offences.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Domestic abuse survivors invited to shape future of family court

Survivors of domestic abuse and other harmful conduct are being invited to share their experiences of how well the family courts protects them and their children in private family law proceedings.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Judge highlights ‘serious procedural problem’ in efforts to prevent forced marriage

A High Court judge says guidance may be needed to solve a “serious procedural problem” related to efforts to prevent forced marriage.

Full story: Care Appointments

Woman wins right to late partner's military pension in landmark ruling

A woman has won the right to her late partner's military pension in a landmark ruling for unmarried couples.

Full story: BBC News

Judge decides woman has mental capacity to consent to sex with husband of 25 years

A judge has decided against ruling that a woman with learning difficulties is no longer able to consent to making love with her husband of more than 25 years.

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Domestic abuse report exposes hidden side of rural life

A "deeply hidden and disturbing side to rural life" has been laid bare by an 18-month inquiry into domestic abuse in the English countryside.

Full story: BBC News

Consultation in relation to the treatment of Calderbank offers when determining issues relating to costs

This consultation seeks views as to whether the Family Procedure Rule 2010 should be amended in relation to the treatment of Calderbank offers when determining issues relating to costs.

Full story: Ministry of Justice and Family Procedure Rule Committee

Transgender man who gave birth loses high court privacy ruling

Guardian journalist loses right to anonymity in legal action seeking to be registered as father.

Full story: The Guardian

“Landmark moment” as Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament

Domestic Abuse Bill to receive first reading in the House of Commons.

Full story: GOV.UK

Councils can investigate parents’ complaints without consent of minors

Ombudsman clarifies local authority’s obligation.

Full story: Family Law Week

Refuge awarded grant to run National Domestic Violence Helpline

Domestic abuse charity Refuge has been awarded a grant to operate a helpline to provide confidential advice for domestic abuse victims.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge who approved abortion did not factor in vulnerable woman’s feelings

A judge who gave specialists permission to perform an abortion on a pregnant woman with learning disabilities did not pay enough heed to her feelings, appeal judges have said.

Full story: Care Appointments

Trend of falling care applications continues

Numbers of care applications have fallen again for the first quarter of this year, new figures show.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Heterosexual couples may be allowed to convert marriages to civil unions

Ministers in England and Wales are considering how to extend civil partnerships.

Full story: The Guardian

Hale risks political storm by questioning legislation before parliament

The president of the Supreme Court has taken the constitutionally unusual step of publicly criticising a bill that is making its way through parliament.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Judge moves to protect sisters living in Africa after social workers raise concerns

A High Court judge in London has taken steps to protect two sisters living more than 4,000 miles away in Africa after social workers said they were at risk.

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