Grayling shelves plan to double the fee for getting a divorce

The Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, has quietly shelved plans to nearly double the fee for filing a divorce petition.

Full story: The Independent

New Government court support a ‘sticking plaster' for a wounded family justice system, says Resolution

Family law organisation Resolution believes that today’s announcement by Government for court support for litigants in person will help some people who have already reached the stage of litigation, but will not address the wider issues stemming from the loss of legal aid.

Full story: Resolution

Initiative promises legal advice for those without lawyers in courts

Ministry of Justice scheme will cover family law and civil cases, and aims to fill the gap left following cuts in legal aid.

Full story: The Guardian

Judge rules pregnant paranoid schizophrenic woman must undergo Caesarean section

A judge has ruled a pregnant woman who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia will undergo a Caesarean section.

Full story: The Independent

Government publishes response to consultation on looked-after children

The government has published its response to the Consultation on Looked-after Children: Improving Permanence, which took place from 30 September 2013 to 29 November 2013.

Full story: Family Law

Breaking the cycle of repeat care proceedings

£3m has been set aside by the Government to fund projects aimed at breaking the cycle of births and repeat care proceedings.

Full story: Family Law

Parental involvement must be about what is best for the child, not what parents see as their ‘rights', says Resolution

Resolution today welcomed the launch of the new parental involvement clause of the Children and Families Act 2014, but said professionals and the public needed to be clear about what this means in practice.

Full story: Resolution

A wider definition of domestic abuse will help social workers safeguard more adult victims

Social work organisations respond to a Home Office consultation on strengthening the law around domestic abuse.

Full story: Community Care

Female genital mutilation: proposal to introduce a civil protection order

Following the consultation ‘Female genital mutilation: proposal to introduce a civil protection order’ launched by the Prime Minister at the Girl Summit on 22 July 2014, the government is taking forward provisions in the Serious Crime Bill to implement this proposal.

Full story: Family Law

Marriage is no better than cohabiting and legal rights should be abolished, says judge

Sir Nicholas Mostyn said that there was no difference between the relationships of married and unmarried couples, and condemned the divorce system that gives special protection to wives.

Full story: Daily Mail

Government rejects calls by MPs for a ban on B&Bs for care leavers

The Department for Education tells the Education Committee that a total ban on bed and breakfasts risks leaving young people with nowhere to go in emergencies.

Full story: Community Care

Child witnesses of domestic violence need better support, claim

Not enough support is being offered to the one in four children experts say will witness domestic violence by the age of 18, it is claimed.

Full story: BBC News

Multi-million pound divorce 'can be heard in England'

A multi-million pound divorce between a wealthy Malaysian couple can be heard in an English court, a judge has ruled.

Full story: BBC News

Fewer than one in four couples seeking counselling to save marriage

Survey reveals women more open to seeking specialist help to avoid divorce.

Full story: Family Law Week

Munby urges radical reform of family courts

The president of the Family Division has publicly questioned whether divorce should remain subject to judicial supervision.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

No need for human rights proportionality evaluation in private law children proceedings

Legislative mechanism for such decisions is ‘human rights compliant’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Order for security of costs granted against Michael Prest

Order made in respect of husband’s appeal against committal.

Full story: Family Law Week

Revised regulations set out the process for the conversion of civil partnerships into marriages, giving couples more choice

Couples in a civil partnership will have the option to convert it into a marriage before Christmas once regulations laid before Parliament yesterday are approved.

Full story: Family Law

The Children and Families Act 2014 (Commencement No. 5 and Transitional Provision) Order 2014

This Order brings into force section 11 (welfare of the child: parental involvement) of the Children and Families Act 2014 on 22nd October 2014 subject to the transitional provision set out in Article 4.

Statutory Instrument

High-flying housewife seeks larger slice of ex's £11m fortune in divorce courts

Julia Hammans says she "sacrficed" her career during marriage to husband Nicholas, who went on to become a partner in Price Waterhouse Coopers while she is being forced to sell the family home.

Full story: The Telegraph

Care leavers' 'emotional needs unmet'

The emotional needs of children who have been in care are not being well looked after, a charity suggests.

Full story: BBC News

Presumption of parental involvement to come into force on 22 October 2014

The President of the Family Division has today announced that the presumption of parental involvement at section 11 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (which inserts new sections 1(2)A, 1(2)B, 1(6) and 1(7) into the Children Act 1989) will come into force on 22 October 2014.

Full story: Family Law

Practice Guidance: Family Court – Duration of ex-parte (without notice) orders

Practice guidance issued by the President of the Family Division on 13 October 2014.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Over 60% of parents unrepresented in private children proceedings

Over sixty percent of parents are now without a lawyer when going to court to contest arrangements for their children, new government figures reveal.

Full story: Family Law Week