'Unlawful' family court agreement axed

A joint agreement aimed at tackling delays in care proceedings has been ditched amid concerns it is unlawful and could lead to collusion between social workers and family court guardians.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Counselling domestic abusers cuts offending by third, say researchers

A radical counselling scheme for some domestic abusers cuts offending by a third, researchers say.

Full story: BBC News

Some children stuck in a' revolving door' of referral and assessment

Action for Children says vulnerable children are increasingly receiving help only at crisis point.

Full story: Family Law Week

Supreme Court to consider applications to vary periodical payments orders under MCA s31(7)

Permission given to husband to appeal by Mills v Mills.

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DIY divorce form could lead to more adultery accusations, lawyers warn

A new "DIY" divorce form designed to speed up the process could lead to thousands more people being accused of adultery, lawyers warn.

Full story: The Telegraph

Children's social care at breaking point, council leaders warn

Analysis by the Local Government Association reveals pressure on budgets.

Full story: Family Law Week

‘Every government department should have ministerial family leads to boost family stability’

Report on prison reform calls for wider support for positive family relationships.

Full story: Family Law Week

Cafcass private law demand

In July 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,709 new private law cases. This is a 10% increase compared with those received in July 2016.

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Care applications in July 2017

In July 2017, Cafcass received a total of 1,238 care applications. This figure represents a 5% decrease compared with those received in July 2016.

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Supreme Court to hear argument that 'unreasonable behaviour' in divorce is a 'linguistic trap'

Supreme Court grants permission to appeal in Owens case.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Judge approves suicidal girl care plan

A judge who said society should be "ashamed" for not protecting a suicidal girl has approved a care plan for her.

Full story: BBC News

Family Procedure Rules amended as of today

New divorce form D8 may be used from today.

Full story: Family Law Week

Senior judge: Fathers with valuable homes should pay more child support

Estranged fathers with expensive homes should be forced to pay more towards the upbringing of their children, one of Britain's most senior family judges has said.

Full story: The Telegraph

Proposal to extend Child Support Agency case closure programme

The government is  proposing to extend the Child Support Agency case closure programme.

Full story: Family Law

Judge warns of 'blood on our hands' if suicidal girl is forced out of secure care

Sir James Munby, head of high court’s family division, says he is ‘ashamed and embarrassed’ that no hospital place has been found for 17-year-old.

Full story: The Guardian

12% rise in Childline counselling sessions about forced marriage

Recent figures from Childline show growing concern over forced marriage among young people.

Full story: Family Law Week

Multi-million fund reaches record number of adoptive families

Over £52 million has now been released through the Adoption Support Fund, which has helped 22,000 children.

Full story: Department for Education

Government updates child maintenance application fee guidance

The Department for Work and Pensions has updated its guidance which sets out how it will decide if a victim of domestic violence or abuse is exempt from the Child Maintenance Service application fee.

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Judge dismisses council’s bid to block parents’ adoption petition

Parents' right to campaign outweighs risk to children, court finds.

Full story: Community Care

Effective family-based child maintenance arrangements: data to March 2017

Children benefiting from effective family-based maintenance arrangements after contacting the Child Maintenance Options service.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions