Don't date before divorce, judge tells women

Mr Justice Mostyn said women who begin new relationships soon after their marriage break-up risk harming their divorce settlement.

Full story: The Telegraph

Permission to appeal ‘ancillary relief’ decisions should be first sought from court of first instance: Mostyn J

In AB v CD [2014] EWHC 2998 (Fam) Mr Justice Mostyn has said that in ancillary relief cases 'at the very least' an application for permission to appeal must always be made to the judge at first instance before an approach is made to the Court of Appeal.

Full story: Family Law Week

Bid to save legal aid for domestic violence victims

The High Court today granted permission for a campaign group to challenge a government policy depriving victims of domestic violence access to legal aid.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Court to decide on domestic abuse legal aid challenge

The High Court is due to decide whether to allow a challenge to rules that determine whether victims of domestic abuse get legal aid in family cases.

Full story: BBC News

One in three women have suffered domestic violence, says Refuge

Refuge, the support charity for women and children suffering domestic violence, has teamed up with ITV's Loose Women to launch a new domestic violence campaign.

Full story: Family Law Week

Bar Council report claims LASPO damages access to justice

The Bar Council has today published a report, based on interviews and a survey of legal practitioners, assessing the impact of LASPO on the justice system a year after implementation in April 2013.

Full story: Family Law

Project is helping warring couples away from court battles to negotiate instead

Organisers of a Government-funded scheme say it is successfully diverting separated parents away from courtroom battles and helping them negotiate instead, enabling them to better support their children.

Full story: Family Law

£300m cost of failed returns for children in care revealed by NSPCC

Researchers found £56m investment in family support when a child returns from care could reduce reunification breakdowns.

Full story: Community Care

Cobb J gives guidance on out of hours and without notice hearings

In Local Authority 1 & Others v AF (Mother) & Others [2014] EWHC 2042 (Fam) Mr Justice Cobb has provided particular guidance to practitioners on the topics of (i) out of hours and without notice hearings and (ii) the preparation of bundles.

Full story: Family Law Week

Family mediation take-up rising, but not yet out of the woods

Autumn likely to signal further improvement on significant increases.

Full story: Family Law

DfE issues advice on child protection cases and care orders where the child has links to a foreign country

The Department for Education has issued guidance on handling child protection cases and care orders where the child has links to a foreign country.

Full story: Family Law

Couples hit hardest by the great recession are most likely to break up

Research shows couples who suffered most during the economic downturn are eight times more likely to have broken up than those least affected.

Full story: The Independent

New protocol launched for tackling stalking and harassment

CPS / ACPO protocol focuses on victims’ needs.

Full story: Family Law Week

The Law Commission extends its review of mental capacity and detention

Review will consider legislation underpinning DoLS under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Full story: Family Law Week

50,000 children set to benefit in child maintenance shake-up

Single and separated parents who have previously received no maintenance from their former partner could start receiving payments.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Care applications in August 2014

In August 2014, Cafcass received a total of 894 applications. This figure represents an 8% increase compared to those received in August 2013.

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Cafcass private law demand

In August 2014, Cafcass received a total of 2,516 new private law cases. This is a 37% decrease on August 2013 levels.

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High Court rules Ashya King to be freed from legal controls

Trust, communication and respect for individual beliefs by authorities are essential in similar cases, says legal expert.

Full story: Solicitors Journal