Record number of children adopted by LGBT families

Minister thanks lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender community for ‘selfless dedication’ to vulnerable children.

Full story: Department for Education

Order prohibiting involvement of children in political activities set aside

Application for prohibited steps order to be re-heard.

Full story: Family Law Week

Divorce man 'not on same planet'

A highly successful businessman from the United States "not willing to pay a penny" in a multimillion-pound divorce battle has been told by a judge: "I am not sure you and I are on the same planet."

Full story: Belfast Telegraph

President outlines MOJ research on LIPs cross examining witnesses in private family proceedings

I am pleased to report that the Ministry of Justice is intending to gather information, and subsequently undertake a research study, on private law cases where direct cross examination of a vulnerable witness by a litigant in person is, or threatens to be, an issue.

Full story: Family Law

‘Tough’ new inspection regime for children’s homes from April 2015

Inspections to focus on progress and experiences of children and young people.

Full story: Family Law Week

DfE publishes report on Children’s Social Work Workforce

The Department for Education has published a statistical report on the Children’s Social Work Workforce for year ending 30 September 2014.

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The Children and Families Act 2014 (Commencement No. 6) Order 2015

This is the sixth Commencement Order under the Children and Families Act.

Statutory Instrument

Munby turns his guns on excess bundles

An exasperated senior judge has said surplus court documents will be destroyed without notice if lawyers cannot keep to practice directions on bundle sizes.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Referrals to children’s services rise by more than 10%

Child protection plans have increased by almost a quarter since 2010.

Full story: Family Law Week

The Child Support (Miscellaneous and Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2015

These Regulations make miscellaneous and consequential amendments to various Child Support Regulations.

Domestic violence could be stopped earlier, says study

Victims are abused for almost three years on average before they get the help they need and are often in contact with professionals in that time.

Full story: The Guardian

UK approves three-person babies

The UK has now become the first country to approve laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

Full story: BBC News

Divorced wife told to get a job and stop living off her ex

In a decision which signals an end to leisurely living for ex partners of wealthy spouses, Lord Justice Pitchford says divorcees with children aged over seven should work.

Full story: The Telegraph

Specialist support set to benefit 3,000 adopter families

More than 3,000 families that have adopted a child are set to benefit from the government’s £19.3m Adoption Support Fund, latest figures suggest.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Seven grandparents a day seek court order to see grandchildren

Government should shoulder blame, says National Family Mediation.

Full story: Family Law Week

Resolution call for sweeping changes to laws on divorce and separation

Resolution, which represents family justice professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, will today call for sweeping changes to the laws surrounding divorce and separation.

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Children’s Society urges child protection changes to Serious Crime Bill

Teenagers aged 16 and 17 are more likely to be abused or neglected than any other age group, but are given the least protection, according to new analysis by The Children's Society.

Full story: Family Law Week

Marriage tax allowance registration opens

A scheme to offer tax breaks to some married couples and civil partners has opened for registration.

Full story: BBC News

Children to be given a voice in family court care proceedings

Those aged 10 and over will be able to express views about what should happen to them in cases where they face being taken into care.

Full story: The Guardian

Legal aid cuts exposing domestic abuse victims to court ordeal, says report

Citizens Advice says victims may face being cross-examined by their abuser because they have to represent themselves in court.

Full story: The Guardian

Challenge to domestic violence legal aid ruling

The Law Society is supporting an appeal against the High Court’s backing for reforms which have the effect of restricting access to legal aid for victims of domestic violence.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Family Drug and Alcohol Courts to be extended in England

Courts which help parents deal with drug or alcohol addiction so they can keep their children are to be opened in more areas of England.

Full story: BBC News

Judge criticises council after toddler taken into care over father's links to English Defence League

Sir James Munby says approach taken by Darlington Borough Council 'almost a textbook example of how not to pursue a care case' over fears of links to EDL.

Full story: The Telegraph

DNA tests to cut courtroom battles

DNA tests in family courts will be provided across England from later this year, Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Family court judges given power to order DNA tests

Family court judges in England will be able to order DNA tests to determine a child's parentage from September, Justice Minister Simon Hughes has said.

Full story: BBC News

Process evaluation of the private law children cases expert evidence pilot

This report gives findings on the evaluation of the pilot to fund DNA, drug and alcohol tests in private law children cases.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Wife’s MPS application rejected because interim budget exceeded standard of living of marriage

Court intervention not required to ensure interim needs met.

Full story: Family Law Week

Online courts could increase access to justice and reduce court costs by 2017, according to report

A new Online Dispute Resolution system should be developed in England and Wales to increase access to justice and to streamline the court process, a report recommends today.

Full story: Family Law