Father accused of rape granted exceptional funding in family proceedings

Bar Pro Bono Unit notes steep rise in family applications.

Full story: Family Law Week

All divorce petition processing to be centralised by October 2015

Final decisions to be made by end of November.

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Law Commission seeks to simplify the law of child abduction and kidnapping

In a report published today, the Commission is recommending reforms that will clarify the offences of kidnapping and false imprisonment, and allow for the prosecution of parents who keep their children overseas in contravention of a court order or without permission of the other parent or guardian.

Full story: Family Law Week

Lack of legal aid in child cases soars

Increasing number of family law cases being heard without parties having legal representation, official auditors reveal.

Full story: The Guardian

Free relationship counselling for parents to rescue marriages

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith says ministers will announce guidance for health visitors on how to 'recognise and respond to the signs of relationship difficulties'.

Full story: The Telegraph

Confusion for social workers as judge urges Supreme Court to reconsider deprivation of liberty stance

Expert says Court of Protection ruling "flies in the face" of landmark Cheshire West judgement handed down in March by Supreme Court.

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70,000 troubled families have had their lives turned around, report says

The government has issued a report detailing the progress it has made since it published 'Social Justice: transforming lives' in 2012.

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Parents face funding test to stop their children going into care

Parents facing the prospect of having their children taken away from them should have legal aid to fight their case, the Bar Council has said.

Full story: The Bar Council

New Practice Direction on deprivation of liberty comes into force

Practice Direction 10AA (Deprivation of Liberty Applications), supplementing the Court of Protection Rules 2007, comes into force today.

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Mostyn J calls for fixed pricing in ancillary relief cases

‘Totally disproportionate’ costs of £920,000 consume 32% of assets.

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McKenzie Friends’ trade association introduces new rules

Society of Professional McKenzie Friends responds to Legal Services Board recommendations.

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£19 million of support available for adoptive families

The new funding will be available to help adoptive families across the country settle their children into their new home.

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New association established for child abduction lawyers

CALA welcomes specialist practitioners as members.

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Serious case reviews to be commissioned by the government, says Timpson

Children's minister criticises the efficacy and quality of Local Safeguarding Children Boards and serious case reviews.

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Gohil goes to Supreme Court

Appeal against ‘non-disclosure’ decision to be heard with Sharland.

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Education Committee endorses Anne Longfield’s candidacy as new Children’s Commissioner

The House of Commons Education Select Committee has endorsed the candidacy of Anne Longfield as the new Children's Commissioner for England.

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High Court judge blasts lack of judicial resources to meet care proceedings timings

A High Court judge refused to embark on a final hearing in a complex child care case because of lack of time and the absence of any slack in the family court system to allow for an early hearing, it has emerged.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Marriage becoming 'preserve of the wealthy'

Since 2001 those in the top social class have gone from being 24 per cent more likely to be married to 50 per cent more likely, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Full story: The Telegraph

Couple rack up legal bills of nearly £1m fighting divorce battle (over assets worth just £2.9m)

High Court judge presiding over case says he was 'almost lost for words when the scale of this madness was revealed to me.

Full story: The Telegraph

Care applications in October 2014

In October 2014, Cafcass received a total of 999 applications. This figure represents a 2% increase compared to those received in October 2013.

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Cafcass private law demand

In October 2014, Cafcass received a total of 3,419 new private law cases. This is a 13% decrease on October 2013 levels.

Full story: Cafcass

Judges’ 'resentment' toward Government adding to adoption slump, ex-minister warns

Tim Loughton, the former Children’s Minister, argues that ‘blame-game’ between judges and social workers lies behind fall in adoption requests.

Full story: The Telegraph

Domestic violence should be specific criminal offence, says Law Commission

Consultation paper suggests move as response to concerns that violence within relationships is not being effectively policed.

Full story: The Guardian

Number of adoptions plunges to crisis level after Michael Gove reforms

Adoption reform watchdog warns of ‘alarming’ decline after judges voice concern over ‘lamentable’ failings in assessments.

Full story: The Telegraph