LAA releases guidance on legal aid for victims of domestic violence and abuse

The Legal Aid Agency has released guidance to help victims of domestic violence or child abuse find out whether they are eligible for legal aid.

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Father who insisted he had a right to smack his children has son and daughter taken into care

The father, from Rotherham, was completely open with social workers about his conviction that children benefit from corporal punishment.

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Local Government Association advocates ‘disruption orders’ to stop CSE

The Local Government Association is calling for the introduction of 'disruption orders', which is supported by children's charity Barnardo's.

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Cases on threshold must be supported by stated facts: Court of Appeal

Court summarises principles set out by the President in Re A (A Child).

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Wife loses £2million divorce battle with business tycoon ex-husband worth £38m because she signed a 'post-nup agreement'

A wife has lost her £2million divorce battle with her property tycoon ex-husband - who is worth £38million – because she had signed a 'post-nuptial agreement'.

Full story: Daily Mail

President’s Guidance: The Role of the Attorney General in Appointing Advocates to the Court or Special Advocates in Family Cases

On 26 March 2015, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has issued guidance on the Role of the Attorney General in Appointing Advocates to the Court or Special Advocates in Family Cases.

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Government admits 26-week care proceedings target 'unlikely' to be met

The government has admitted the 26-week target to decide whether a child is taken into care is "highly unlikely" to ever be met for all cases.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Practice Direction: Committal for Contempt of Court – Open Court

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales has today issued a Practice Direction governing the process of hearings for committal to prison, including suspended committal, for contempt of court.

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Resolution welcomes recommendations for mediation to include children

Family justice organisation Resolution welcomed the recommendation that children be included in family mediation sessions in the Voice of the Child Advisory Group report published today.

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The Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2015

These Rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010.

Statutory Instrument

Ex-wife of construction millionaire awarded 80 per cent of husband's property in divorce ruling

A millionaire businessman has claimed a divorce ruling that gave his ex-wife 80 per cent of their property has left him too poor to get on London’s housing ladder.

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Family court statistics quarterly: October to December 2014

This is the second edition of a new statistical bulletin presenting statistics relating to the family courts in the fourth quarter of 2014 (October to December).

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Voice of the Child: government response to Dispute Resolution Advisory Group report

The government’s response to the report and recommendations of the external Voice of the Child: Dispute Resolution Advisory Group.

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Supreme Court allows appeal in S (A Child) [2015] UKSC 20

The Supreme Court has today unanimously allowed the appeal In the matter of S (A Child) [2015] UKSC 20, ruling in favour of the local authority and setting aside the costs order made in the Court of Appeal.

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Half of homeless teenagers turned away by local authorities

Charity calls for all homeless teenagers to be assessed for housing needs.

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UK’s commitment to children’s rights doesn’t go far enough

In a report published Tuesday, 24 March 2015, the Joint Committee on Human Rights welcomes the progress made by the Government in recognising children’s rights in law and policy but says that more still needs to be done.

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Children's services in Leicester judged 'inadequate'

Children's services in Leicester are "inadequate" and in urgent need of improvement, according to a damning inspection report by Ofsted.

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Arrange family court open days’ – judiciary

Family courts should have annual open days for children, a report from the judiciary recommends.

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Home Secretary announces review of application of Shari’a law

Wives divorced under Shari’a law ‘left in penury’.

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£40,000 damages awarded to husband misled over IVF birth

A lecturer has been awarded £39,000 damages and costs against his former wife who had misled him into believing that he was the father of a boy born as a result of IVF treatment.

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Syria fears prompt travel ban on five teenage girls

Five teenage girls who had shown an interest in going to Syria have been barred from travelling abroad by a judge at London's High Court.

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‘No evidence’ of risk from online divorce services

Research into online divorce has found no evidence of regulatory risks arising from the service.

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Supreme Court to rule next week on appeal by council over costs in care case

A local authority will find out next week (26 March) whether it has won its appeal to the Supreme Court over a ruling that it should pay a father’s appeal costs in care proceedings.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Satanic cult claims dismissed by High Court judge

Mrs Justice Pauffley says claims circulating on internet are 'baseless' as she describes people who seek to perpetuate them as 'evil' or 'foolish' after fact-finding exercise.

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Judge hits out at Court of Appeal over consent order in deprivation of liberty case

A High Court judge has accused the Court of Appeal of apparently taking a “procedurally impermissible route” and making a consent order that was ultra vires, in legal proceedings over whether a woman looked after at home had been deprived of her liberty.

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LAA publishes preview copies of new civil claim forms

The Legal Aid Agency has published preview copies of updated civil claim forms which come into force 1 April 2015.

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Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group final report – evidence in Family Courts

The final report and recommendations of the Vulnerable Witnesses and Children Working Group has been published.

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