Extra Dols assessments and living wage will contribute to £10 billion of funding pressures on councils by 2020

The Local Government Association has warned that extra Dols assessments will cost £172 million a year.

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Divorce party hit for £334k costs after ‘blatant dishonesty’

A High Court judge has made clear that his costs judgment against a dishonest party should act as a deterrent to others considering deceiving the court.

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High Court judge praises social worker’s ‘outstanding contribution’ to radicalisation case

A high court judge has praised a social worker’s handling of  a case in which a 16-year-old girl attempted to fly to Syria to join ISIS after being “fully radicalised”.

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Businessman wins divorce spat over vintage cars worth £20 million

The man's estranged wife laid claim to some of the 35 cars which included a 1928 Bentley racer and a Ferrari worth more than £5 million.

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Resolution invites members to participate in research into no fault divorce

Study should inform debate as to how the law might be reformed.

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40% decrease in number of children waiting to be placed with adopters

Average period between entering care and placement falls from 656 to 594 days.

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Woman made foster daughter kneel in scalding water

Judge at private hearing in Blackpool family court says foster parents, who made racist comments when giving evidence, had treated girl with ‘cold contempt’.

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Family justice review: special guardianship orders

Research on the effect of the family justice review on the use of special guardianship orders (SGOs).

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Family justice review: the effect on local authorities

Research on the effect of the revised public law outline (PLO) on the practice and processes of 6 local authorities.

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Long-term separated parents: developing support to encourage child maintenance arrangements

This report explores barriers to child maintenance arrangements for long-term separated parents and related support interventions.

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Rise in divorce cases signals mediation failure

A continuing rise in the number of new private law cases could signal that not enough divorcing couples are being channelled towards mediation, family law organisation Resolution has said.

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Oil trader given jail term over divorce dispute

An oil trader has been given a 21-month jail term by a High Court judge who concluded that he had broken promises after agreeing to pay millions of pounds to his former wife following the breakdown of their marriage.

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New £3.2 million domestic abuse fund now open

Local authorities can now bid for a share of a new fund to support the victims of domestic abuse.

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Child whose parents played too many video games 'removed from family home'

Social Services said to have believed their obsession with gaming amounted to neglect.

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Jail for ‘professional’ McKenzie Friend who defrauded clients of thousands of pounds

A ‘professional’ McKenzie Friend who targeted people unable to claim legal aid and then defrauded them of thousands of pounds has been jailed for three years.

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Court of Appeal re-states approach to implacable hostility cases

Father’s appeal is dismissed in 'tragic outcome'.

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Supreme Court to consider 1996 Hague Convention appeal

J (A Child) (1996 Hague Convention) (Morocco) to be heard in November.

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Wealthy four times more likely to marry than the poor

Marriage is increasingly the preserve of the rich, with fewer couples from poorer backgrounds tying the knot, new figures show.

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Big rise in over 18s staying at home with foster families

A record number of vulnerable young people are choosing to stay with their foster parents past their 18th birthdays, official figures suggest.

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Judge dismisses LIP's bid to get solicitor jailed

A litigant in person has failed with an attempt to have a solicitor acting for his ex-partner sent to prison.

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Bethnal Green pupil's passport to be held over 'risk of travelling to join Isis'

Court official to take document of unnamed girl, 16, believed to be close friend of four pupils from academy that have already left UK to join Islamic State in Syria.

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Circuit judge criticises LAA for lack of help

The Legal Aid Agency has been criticised for its unhelpful cooperation in determining who should bear the cost of translating documents during court proceedings.

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Grandparents take to the courts in droves to assume parental control

Last four years has seen an almost 50 per cent increase in the use of Special Guardianship Orders.

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Holman J calls for amendment to standard form Location Order following arrest of mother on plane

Guidance given regarding need for particular care in wording of location orders.

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