Government ‘washing its hands’ of legal aid problem for vulnerable parents

Senior judge calls on justice secretary Chris Grayling to attend hearing to answer how justice can be delivered.

Full story: The Guardian

First ever ‘families test’ for government published

All new laws or government policies will face a new ‘families test’ to make sure they support strong and stable families.

Full story: Family Law

Children's social work to have new set of standards

The government has announced changes to children's social work in England, to restore confidence in the service.

Full story: BBC News

Judge defends media blackout over death of Poppi Worthington

Secrecy over 13-month-old’s death in 2012 to protect siblings and avoid prejudicing possible future trial, says high court judge.

Full story: The Guardian

Referrals to children’s social care up by 10%

The Department for Education has published information as to the characteristics of children referred to and assessed by children's social services as children in need between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014.

Full story: Family Law Week

Care leaver strategy: 1 year on

A new report documents the progress that has been made 1 year since the Care Leaver Strategy was launched and sets out how the Government intends to further improve support for care leavers.

Full story: Family Law

Troubled Families programme turning 117,000 lives around

Eric Pickles has welcomed the latest success of the Troubled Families programme, a crucial part of the government’s long-term economic plan to the turn the country around and help bring security and opportunity to families and communities.

Full story: Family Law

Tiger charity director 'fabricated' divorce claims against husband, judge rules

A conservationist who falsely claimed her millionaire husband used donations to a tiger charity to fund their lavish lifestyle was “blinded by her desire for revenge”, a divorce judge has ruled.

Full story: The Telegraph

Groundswell of support building for cohabitation law reform, says Resolution

In recent weeks there has been a groundswell of support for much needed reform of the law on how unmarried couples are treated when they separate.

Full story: Resolution

English court refuses to enforce foreign custody order

Holman J refuses to enforce Turkish custody order because, in the circumstances, to do so would be incompatible with English family law principles.

Full story: Family Law Week

Voice of the child not heard in transparency debate, claims Resolution

Resolution have published their response to Transparency - the next steps, claiming that the view of the individual child who is the subject of family proceedings is becoming lost in the debate.

Full story: Family Law

Charity aiding male victims of DV supports proposed law change

The ManKind Initiative, a charity supporting male victims of domestic violence, is supporting the recommendation that there should be a specific offence of domestic abuse that sets out that coercive and controlling behaviour in an intimate relationship as a criminal offence.

Full story: Family Law Week

The President discharges location order due to failure to comply with the direction as to the service of the order

Order should have been served by Tipstaff.

Full story: Family Law Week

Grayling shelves plan to double the fee for getting a divorce

The Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, has quietly shelved plans to nearly double the fee for filing a divorce petition.

Full story: The Independent

New Government court support a ‘sticking plaster' for a wounded family justice system, says Resolution

Family law organisation Resolution believes that today’s announcement by Government for court support for litigants in person will help some people who have already reached the stage of litigation, but will not address the wider issues stemming from the loss of legal aid.

Full story: Resolution

Initiative promises legal advice for those without lawyers in courts

Ministry of Justice scheme will cover family law and civil cases, and aims to fill the gap left following cuts in legal aid.

Full story: The Guardian

Judge rules pregnant paranoid schizophrenic woman must undergo Caesarean section

A judge has ruled a pregnant woman who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia will undergo a Caesarean section.

Full story: The Independent

Government publishes response to consultation on looked-after children

The government has published its response to the Consultation on Looked-after Children: Improving Permanence, which took place from 30 September 2013 to 29 November 2013.

Full story: Family Law

Breaking the cycle of repeat care proceedings

£3m has been set aside by the Government to fund projects aimed at breaking the cycle of births and repeat care proceedings.

Full story: Family Law

Parental involvement must be about what is best for the child, not what parents see as their ‘rights', says Resolution

Resolution today welcomed the launch of the new parental involvement clause of the Children and Families Act 2014, but said professionals and the public needed to be clear about what this means in practice.

Full story: Resolution

A wider definition of domestic abuse will help social workers safeguard more adult victims

Social work organisations respond to a Home Office consultation on strengthening the law around domestic abuse.

Full story: Community Care

Female genital mutilation: proposal to introduce a civil protection order

Following the consultation ‘Female genital mutilation: proposal to introduce a civil protection order’ launched by the Prime Minister at the Girl Summit on 22 July 2014, the government is taking forward provisions in the Serious Crime Bill to implement this proposal.

Full story: Family Law

Marriage is no better than cohabiting and legal rights should be abolished, says judge

Sir Nicholas Mostyn said that there was no difference between the relationships of married and unmarried couples, and condemned the divorce system that gives special protection to wives.

Full story: Daily Mail

Government rejects calls by MPs for a ban on B&Bs for care leavers

The Department for Education tells the Education Committee that a total ban on bed and breakfasts risks leaving young people with nowhere to go in emergencies.

Full story: Community Care

Child witnesses of domestic violence need better support, claim

Not enough support is being offered to the one in four children experts say will witness domestic violence by the age of 18, it is claimed.

Full story: BBC News