Foster care 'boosts vulnerable children's grades'

Children in foster care make better educational progress than vulnerable children who remain with troubled families, research suggests.

Full story: BBC News

'Rude’ and 'unfair' Liverpool family judge Robert Dodds reprimanded over 'serious misconduct'

Disciplinary investigation completed into 'unprincipled' Merseyside family court judge.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Government ‘still failing to protect women against violent men’

End Violence Against Women coalition says male abuse of women and girls is still going unchecked as services struggle.

Full story: The Guardian 

Court of Appeal overturns High Court ruling on civil legal aid residence test

Public Law Project seeks leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Full story: Family Law Week

House of Commons Library publishes research briefing on legal aid for domestic violence victims

The House of Commons Library has published a very useful research briefing on legal aid for victims of domestic abuse.

Full story: Family Law Week

CoramBAAF consults on future of fostering in England

Charity believes that ‘an effective care system needs to prioritise fostering’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Guidance published by NICE focuses on child attachment

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published guidelines regarding attachment difficulties experienced by children who are currently part of the care system in England.

Full story: Family Law

Three children die in Lancashire's care system, says Ofsted

Three children died during an inspection into a council's "inadequate" children's services, an Ofsted report has revealed.

Full story: BBC News

Judge criticises 'minimal investigation' into death of 13-month-old girl

Mr Justice Jackson found Poppi Worthington’s death was not properly investigated for nine months.

Full story: The Guardian

Father’s appeal allowed by Supreme Court in 1996 Hague Convention case

The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by a Moroccan father whose son was brought to the UK by his mother against the father's wishes.

Full story: Family Law Week

Resolution launches new advice for dealing with divorce and domestic abuse to mark White Ribbon Day

Today on White Ribbon Day, 25 November, Resolution releases its new guide for divorcing and separating parents in relationships where domestic abuse is, or has been, a feature.

Full story: Resolution

NACCC in urgent government funding plea

Government aid desperately sought to continue ensuring that children have safe contact.

Full story: Family Law

Views of children in care highlighted by Ofsted

For the first time ever, Ofsted has used the findings of its annual survey to highlight the views of children and young people in care homes and foster care placements.

Full story: Family Law

Judge names social workers and recommends disciplinary investigation

A social worker and her manager were found to have lied under oath and changed the report of another social worker.

Full story: Community Care

President's practice guidance on Arbitration in the Family Court

Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, has today (23 November 2015) issued practice guidance on Arbitration in the Family Court.

Full story: Family Law

CoA considers English court's jurisdiction under EU Maintenance Reg following previous proceedings in another EU member state

Thought to be first time court has considered spousal maintenance in such circumstances.

Full story: Family Law Week

Divorce rate falls in latest ONS figures

The number of people divorcing in England and Wales decreased by 2.9 per cent in 2013, according to the latest statistical bulletin published today (23 November 2015) from Office for National Statistics.

Full story: Family Law

Children of divorce: 82% rather parents separate than 'stay for the kids'

Poll by Resolution also finds nearly a third would have liked if divorcing parents did not criticise each other in front of them.

Full story: The Guardian

Girl better off living in Peshawar where Taliban killed 130 children than Southampton, judge rules

Judge rules in favour of woman who wants to take daughter from home in Hampshire city and move to Pakistan despite ex-husband warning of terror attacks.

Full story: The Telegraph

Landmark report shines light on the practice of surrogacy in the UK and calls for legal reform

The first ever report of its kind gives unprecedented insight into how surrogacy is practised in the UK and busts a number of pervasive myths that have informed debate in recent years.

Full story: Family Law

Family court sends ‘strong message’ over non-disclosure with sentence for contempt

The rule of law depends on compliance with court orders, says Mr Justice Mostyn.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Allow 'minimally conscious' MS sufferer to die, says judge

A 68-year-old woman "locked into the end stage" of multiple sclerosis should be allowed to die, a judge has ruled.

Full story: BBC News

Birth within marriage or civil partnership remains most common family setting

Steady fall in the percentage of births registered to married couples since the 1960s.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children’s services could be hit by deprivation of liberty burden after High Court ruling

A judge confirmed a local authority cannot consent to the deprivation of liberty of a child in its care.

Full story: Community Care

Court of Protection to test increased access for public and media

Public and media will gain greater access to Court of Protection hearings after a pilot scheme starting next year.

Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Afghan war hero wins divorce battle with wife who 'wasted' part of his £1m injuries payout

A soldier brain damaged in a Taliban attack has welcomed a judge's divorce ruling that prevented his wife receiving most of what's left of his compensation payments.

Full story: The Telegraph

Appeal decision protects solicitor offering ‘unbundled’ advice

Solicitors instructed on a limited retainer do not have a broader duty of care to their clients, the Court of Appeal has ruled, asserting the importance of ensuring that lawyers can offer unbundled services.

Full story: Law Society Gazette