High Court affirms declaration that Charlie Gard’s life support may be withdrawn

Parents withdraw objection to GOSH’s application.

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Cuts cannot have been intended to leave parents struggling - Charlie Gard judge

Legal aid reforms cannot have been intended to leave parents struggling to access legal representation in cases similar to that of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard, the judge ruling in the case said today in an unusually outspoken intervention.

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Further Family Court closures

5 more court closures confirmed before September 2017.

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Consultation on changing legal gender to be launched

The UK government is considering plans to make the process of changing legal gender easier.

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New D8 and other divorce procedure changes

The Family Procedure (Amendment No 2) Rules 2017 are due to come into force on 7 August 2017.

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International meeting addresses domestic / family violence and the 1980 Child Abduction Convention

New Guide to Good Practice on Article 13(1)(b) developed.

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Mr Justice Peter Jackson appointed to Court of Appeal

Seven new appointments to Court of Appeal.

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Lady Hale appointed next President of Supreme Court, alongside three new Justices

Baroness Hale of Richmond will succeed Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury as President of the UK Supreme Court, it was announced today, alongside three additional appointments to the UK's top appeal court.

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Judge allows council to submit evidence on family gained from private investigator

But Judge Moradifar ruled allegations the covert surveillance breached parents' human rights should be dealt with separately.

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Supreme Court ruling in Birch v Birch variation appeal due next week

The Supreme Court will hand down judgment in the Birch v Birch appeal next week on Wednesday 26th July.

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The Child Abduction and Custody (Parties to Conventions) (Amendment) Order 2017

This Order revokes the Child Abduction and Custody (Parties to Conventions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2011 and amends the Child Abduction and Custody (Parties to Conventions) Order 1986.

Statutory Instrument

HMCTS turns in £100m civil justice 'surplus' as fees add up

Fee income from civil courts reached almost £800m in the last financial year, new figures have revealed.

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Judge praises ‘significant changes’ made by parents during care proceedings

A local authority withdrew its recommendation that a child be removed into care after the parents made changes during proceedings.

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Marriage and divorce on the rise at 65 and over

Increases explained by longer life expectancy.

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Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004: rights of victims

Guidance for clinicians where perpetrator is mentally disordered offender.

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The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2017

These Rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010 from 7 August 2017.

Statutory Instrument

Consultation launched to facilitate de-linking of financial applications from divorce / dissolution proceedings

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on proposed amendments to Part 9 of the Family Procedure Rules (FPR): Application for a financial remedy.

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Police and not council must pay for special advocates in family case, says judge

The police and not a local authority must pay for the provision of special advocates in a rare example of them being required for a Family Court case, Cobb J has ruled.

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Judge warns double-booked lawyers: We will start case without you

A family judge has issued a public warning to solicitors and barristers to avoid 'cross courting' that impacts on the progress of a case.

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Proportion of the population who are married has decreased by 3.9 per cent since 2002

51 per cent of population (over 16) married.

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Experts’ Group recommends new Hague Convention on recognition and enforcement of family agreements

New instrument would build on the 1980, 1996 and 2007 Hague Conventions.

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Children’s Commissioner urges EU not to use children’s residency status as ‘bargaining chip’

Issue of ECJ jurisdiction needs to be separated.

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Outdated law of wills needs 'overhaul'

Law Commission consults on proposals to ease strict rules.

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Pension inequality ended for same-gender couples

Supreme Court judgment finds Equality Act exemption unlawful.

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