Councils react to no extra funding for children's services

‘We’ve reached a tipping point,’ says Local Government Association.

Full story: Family Law Week

Child Support Agency caseload falls to just over 900,000

Closure process reduces caseload by 44,000 in quarter.

Full story: Family Law Week

Domestic abuse: 10% of young women affected - ONS

More than 10% of women aged between 16 and 19 in England and Wales say they have experienced domestic abuse in the past year, research suggests.

Full story: BBC News

Budget gives divorced couples exemption on stamp duty surcharge

Divorcing couples who faced paying higher stamp duty rates will be given reprieve in a moved which reversed one of the unintended consequences of previous legislation.

Full story: The Telegraph

MoJ warns on reliability of old forensic tests in family cases and issues guidance for concerned clients

Warning concerns cases carried out by Trimega between 2010 and 2014.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Man who murdered adopted daughter was 'Jekyll and Hyde' character

Family court judge raises concerns about how injuries sustained by Elsie Scully-Hicks were dealt with.

Full story: The Guardian

Potential client met with top family law solicitor “to conflict him out” of acting for other side

A leading family law solicitor’s meeting with a potential client was for the purpose of conflicting him out of acting for the other side, the High Court has said as it rejected an application to stop him from doing just that.

Full story: Legal Futures

Surrogate mother who changed her mind must hand baby to gay couple, court rules

A surrogate mother has lost custody of her child after a court ruled he would be better placed with the gay couple who arranged for her to have the baby.

Full story: The Telegraph

Divorcing parents could lose children if they try to turn them against partner

Measures being trialled to prevent ‘parental alienation’ feature penalties including permanent loss of contact with child.

Full story: The Guardian

Police response to victims of domestic abuse ‘has improved markedly’

Inspectorate publishes progress report on police response to domestic abuse.

Full story: Family Law Week

9 out of 10 clients with a family-based child maintenance arrangement thought it worked well, says DWP

DWP publishes estimates of child maintenance outcomes for February to April 2017.

Full story: Family Law Week

Munby orders unsealing of abdicated king's will - but won't read it

The seals of the envelope containing the will of the abdicated King Edward VIII, who died in 1972, can be broken to identify who holds the copyright of his literary works, the president of the family division has said in an unusual ruling.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Progress report on police response to domestic abuse causes concern

Organisations working to support victims of domestic abuse have expressed concerns over a progress report on police response to such abuse.

Full story: Family Law

Court hears transgender woman's appeal over access to her Jewish children

Lower court previously ruled the children risked greater psychological harm by being ostracised than if direct contact ceased.

Full story: The Guardian

Review to examine rise in care order applications and number of children in care

A sector-led review of the rise in applications for care orders and the number of children in care has been announced.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Don't abandon separating families in Brexit, say legal groups

Three influential family law bodies have today warned that a lack of progress on Brexit negotiations could leave tens of thousands of families and children in limbo.

Full story: Resolution

'Urgent' appeal to find missing baby

An eight-month-old baby is thought to have gone missing with her two older siblings.

Full story: BBC News

Domestic violence 'masks' other threats to children, Cafcass finds

Domestic abuse can 'mask' other risk factors faced by children, an analysis of serious case reviews by Cafcass has found.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Judges reject challenge over adoption and special guardianship for half-brothers

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a case brought against Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council over whether a child should be adopted when his older half-brothers, who lived with the same couple, were to be the subject of a special guardianship order.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Sick baby's treatment 'should continue', High Court told

A mother and father are fighting a High Court battle to stop their eight-month-old son's life support machine being switched off.

Full story: BBC News

Cafcass private law demand

In October 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,916 new private law cases. This is a 16% increase compared with those received in October 2016 an is the highest monthly demand since October 2013.

Full story: Cafcass

Care applications in October 2017

In October 2017, Cafcass received a total of 1,198 care applications. This figure represents a 4% increase compared with those received in October 2016 and is the highest monthly total for an October on record.

Full story: Cafcass