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.

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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.

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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.

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£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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New protocol launched for tackling stalking and harassment

CPS / ACPO protocol focuses on victims’ needs.

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The Law Commission extends its review of mental capacity and detention

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

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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.

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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

Woman wins permission to look at late father's adoption files

Court grants request on basis that father, his birth mother and adoptive parents are all known or assumed to be dead.

Full story: The Guardian

One in three children split up from siblings in foster care

A third of UK children have been separated from their brothers and sisters when placed in foster care during the last financial year, Action for Children has found by a Freedom of Information request.

Full story: Family Law Week