NACCC in urgent government funding plea

Government aid desperately sought to continue ensuring that children have safe contact.

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Views of children in care highlighted by Ofsted

For the first time ever, Ofsted has used the findings of its annual survey to highlight the views of children and young people in care homes and foster care placements.

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Judge names social workers and recommends disciplinary investigation

A social worker and her manager were found to have lied under oath and changed the report of another social worker.

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President's practice guidance on Arbitration in the Family Court

Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, has today (23 November 2015) issued practice guidance on Arbitration in the Family Court.

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CoA considers English court's jurisdiction under EU Maintenance Reg following previous proceedings in another EU member state

Thought to be first time court has considered spousal maintenance in such circumstances.

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Divorce rate falls in latest ONS figures

The number of people divorcing in England and Wales decreased by 2.9 per cent in 2013, according to the latest statistical bulletin published today (23 November 2015) from Office for National Statistics.

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Children of divorce: 82% rather parents separate than 'stay for the kids'

Poll by Resolution also finds nearly a third would have liked if divorcing parents did not criticise each other in front of them.

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Girl better off living in Peshawar where Taliban killed 130 children than Southampton, judge rules

Judge rules in favour of woman who wants to take daughter from home in Hampshire city and move to Pakistan despite ex-husband warning of terror attacks.

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Landmark report shines light on the practice of surrogacy in the UK and calls for legal reform

The first ever report of its kind gives unprecedented insight into how surrogacy is practised in the UK and busts a number of pervasive myths that have informed debate in recent years.

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Family court sends ‘strong message’ over non-disclosure with sentence for contempt

The rule of law depends on compliance with court orders, says Mr Justice Mostyn.

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Allow 'minimally conscious' MS sufferer to die, says judge

A 68-year-old woman "locked into the end stage" of multiple sclerosis should be allowed to die, a judge has ruled.

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Birth within marriage or civil partnership remains most common family setting

Steady fall in the percentage of births registered to married couples since the 1960s.

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Children’s services could be hit by deprivation of liberty burden after High Court ruling

A judge confirmed a local authority cannot consent to the deprivation of liberty of a child in its care.

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Court of Protection to test increased access for public and media

Public and media will gain greater access to Court of Protection hearings after a pilot scheme starting next year.

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Afghan war hero wins divorce battle with wife who 'wasted' part of his £1m injuries payout

A soldier brain damaged in a Taliban attack has welcomed a judge's divorce ruling that prevented his wife receiving most of what's left of his compensation payments.

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Appeal decision protects solicitor offering ‘unbundled’ advice

Solicitors instructed on a limited retainer do not have a broader duty of care to their clients, the Court of Appeal has ruled, asserting the importance of ensuring that lawyers can offer unbundled services.

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Court confirms Calderbank offers are admissible on appeal

FPR 28.3(8) applies only to first instance proceedings.

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Social worker criticised for flawed Re-BS assessment in care proceedings

A judge said the social worker put too much emphasis on the report of a psychologist who did not know all of the evidence, rather than making her own assessment.

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Review of residential care ‘unnecessary and costly repetition’

Review is an ‘attempt to extend the Government’s privatisation agenda’.

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Judge vows to end secrecy in baby death case

Judge says new hearing will allow public to know about 'troubling circumstances' of Poppi Worthington's death.

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Husband wins right to argue that his 30-year marriage should be nullified

A husband has been given the go-ahead to argue that his marriage should be nullified on the grounds that his wife is a bigamist.

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Multi-millionaire businessman sued by his former wife for 'spousal maintenance'

Hetem Ramadani has labelled his ex-wife a "divorce tourist" for taking advantage of the English courts.

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Court of Appeal rules on liability of councils for foster care abuse

The Court of Appeal has handed down a key ruling on the liability of councils for foster care abuse, concluding that local authorities do not owe a child in such care a non-delegable duty.

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Domestic violence victims 'put at risk' by erratic handling of cases

HMIC says dangers to vulnerable witnesses not properly dealt with in a third of cases, including instances of racial abuse.

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Care applications in October 2015

In October 2015, Cafcass received a total of 1,079 care applications.  This figure represents a 7% increase compared to those received in October 2014.

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Cafcass private law demand

In October 2015, Cafcass received a total of 3,311 new private law cases.  This is a 2% decrease on October 2014 levels.

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