Forum shopping in spotlight as divorce battle reaches Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is preparing to hear a divorce case that could have significant implications for the controversial practice of forum shopping.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Baby P’s mother to remain in jail following latest review by Parole Board

The mother of Baby P, who died after months of abuse, should stay in jail, the Parole Board has decided.

Full story: Care Appointments

Domestic abuse survivors twice at risk of long-term illnesses

Study by the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick published.

Full story: Family Law Week

Transparency order templates

The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has published the following templates for the benefit of the judges and practitioners who will be making the template orders.

Full story: Family Law Week

Police mailbox for family court protection orders abandoned

A mailbox set up to inform police of protection orders made against forced marriage and female genital mutilation was abandoned after a year due to a lack of resources.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 5

Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Anarkali Musgrave.

Podcast: Family Law Week

140 children’s organisations urge political leaders to solve social problems that leave children ‘scarred for life’

Over 140 children's organisations have called on political leaders to set out their solutions to the social problems that "can leave millions of children scarred for life, including child poverty, mental health, domestic abuse and serious youth violence".

Full story: Family Law Week

European Parliament adopts resolution assessing the many challenges children and youth face

Following the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution, assessing the many challenges that children and youth face today.

Full story: Family Law Week

Criticism deterring medical specialists from being expert witnesses

Criticism from lawyers, judges and the press may be deterring health professionals from being expert witnesses in family cases, a working group looking into a chronic shortage has said.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Divorce rate falls for heterosexual couples in England and Wales

Applications backlog partly blamed for drop to lowest level in 50 years, while same-sex couple figure rises.

Full story: The Guardian

Judge asked to decide whether man lacking mental capacity can visit prostitute

A judge is set to decide whether a man with mental health difficulties who admits having fantasies involving sexual violence and children can visit a prostitute.

Full story: Care Appointments

LiP support unit shuts branches

The president of the Family Division has called on lawyers to help fund a support scheme for litigants in person.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 4

Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Hannah Markam QC of The 36 Group.

Podcast: Family Law Week

Almost 2.5 million in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse in last year

ONS publishes statistics on domestic abuse in England and Wales for year ending March 2019.

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British women ‘being forced into polygamous relationships’ because law lets them down, campaigners say

British women are increasingly being pressured into polygamous relationships or left without child support when relationships break up because UK law does not offer adequate protection to spouses in religious marriages, campaigners have warned.

Full story: The Independent

Study explores damaging impact of domestic violence on women’s careers

The damaging impact of domestic abuse on women’s careers has been highlighted in a new report which suggests that many women take time off work after suffering violence.

Full story: Care Appointments

Financial Remedies Courts: Structure document and Good Practice Protocol published

An Overall Structure of the Financial Remedies Courts and the Role and Function of the Lead Judge has been published for the Financial Remedies Courts.

Full story: Family Law Week