Take the DIY approach to the end of the affair

Independent

Divorce doesn't always have to be a difficult and expensive process. Chiara Cavaglieria reports

Lesbians given equal birth rights

BBC News

Women in same-sex relationships can now register both their names on the birth certificate of a child conceived as a result of fertility treatment.

Adoption parties aim to match parents with hard-to-place children

Guardian

Youngsters repeatedly passed over by potential adoptive parents are to meet families over food, drink and games

Lesbian partners allowed to name each other as parents on children's birth certificates

Daily Mail

Lesbian women undergoing fertility treatment will be able to name female partners as a 'second parent' on their children's birth certificates under controversial changes to be implemented next week.

Social worker shortage after Baby P puts children at risk

Guardian

In the wake of the Baby Peter case, child protection referrals have shot up – but vilification of social workers means there are now far too few to handle the caseloads

Women three times more likely to be arrested for domestic violence

Guardian

While the vast majority of perpetrators of domestic violence are men, women are arrested in three of every 10 incidents and men in only one of 10, a study says

Equal opportunities for family carers

Family Law Week blog

Some important rule changes have been made to allow relative carers the same entitlement as local authority foster carers to apply for residence or special guardianship by The Children and Young Persons Act 2008 (CYPA 2008) (amending the Children Act 1989 (the 1989 Act)).

Should SCRs be anonymised?

Community Care

Changes to the serious case review system are welcome but until the reports are published in full there will be limited opportunities for learning from mistakes, writes Amy Taylor

Women more likely to be victims of domestic violence, but more likely to be arrested

Telegraph

Women are three times as likely to be arrested over domestic violence allegations than men, even though they are more often the victims.

The Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2009

Statutory Instrument

These Regulations amend the Registration of Births and Deaths Regulations 1987 and the Registration of Births and Deaths (Welsh Language) Regulations 1987. They make amendments to allow for the recording of information in a birth, death or still-birth entry relating to an “other parent” which is the second female parent as defined by sections 42 and 43 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. They provide accordingly for alternative forms of birth and still-birth entry and associated prescribed forms.

Practice Direction: Supplements rules 8.A1 and 8.2 to 8.2G of the Family Proceedings Rules 1991

Family Law Newswatch

The Family Proceedings (Amendment)(No.3) Rules 2009 adjust Rules 8.A1 and 8.2 to 8.2G of the 1991 Rules so that those rules are able to accommodate deduction order appeals.

Practice Guidance: Preparing for Care and Supervision Proceedings

Family Law Newswatch

The Ministry of Justice in co-operation with the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Judiciary of England and Wales have issued a best practice guide, Preparing for Care and Supervision Proceedings, for all professionals involved in care proceedings.

European matrimonial property regimes

Family Law Newswatch

On the 28 September, the European Commission will hold a public hearing in Brussels on matrimonial property regimes and patrimonial aspects of other forms of union.

New guidance: Preparing for Care and Supervision Proceedings

Family Law Newswatch

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published a best practice guide for use by all professionals involved with children and families pre-proceedings and in preparation for applications made under section 31 of the Children Act 1989.

Specialist court helps victims of domestic violence

Ministry of Justice

Justice Minister Bridget Prentice has met with specially-trained domestic violence legal advisers and magistrates at Grays Magistrates' Court to congratulate them on their work helping the victims of domestic violence.

Murdered toddler Sanam Navsarka failed by care staff

Community Care

The murder of two-year-old toddler Sanam Navsarka may have been prevented if not for the failure of Kirklees looked-after children's staff to refer concerns received four weeks before her death to child protection colleagues.

The High Court and Appeal Court turn down care application from council

Community Care

Where do courts set the level of 'significant harm' in care proceedings? Ed Mitchell describes a case in which the High Court turned down a council's bid to take children into care despite evidence of harm to one child

Alcohol Concern quizzes social workers about parental drinking

Community Care

Social workers are being asked to give their views on how parental alcohol misuse affects child protection in a survey launched today by Alcohol Concern.

Cafcass: Post-baby Peter hike in care case hike continues

Community Care

Cafcass has revealed that the increase in care order applications to the family courts in the wake of the baby Peter case shows no sign of slowing, with July’s total just below the record high of June.

Family mediation website goes live

Ministry of Justice announcement

Justice Minister Bridget Prentice launches a new advice website for families involved in disputes. The Family Mediation Helpline website gives advice on how to avoid damaging and expensive court battles by using mediation.

The courts took my children away from me because I'm a working mother

Daily Mail

"Jo has become part of a worrying phenomenon . Courts are increasingly ruling that women live apart from their children after a divorce."

Are the odds stacked in favour of ‘gold diggers’?

Marilyn Stowe Blog

"Wives are not servants or chattels to return to the council house from whence they came when they are no longer of use, on a reduced pay out."

New law gives legal status to parents of children born using surrogates

Pannone Family Blog

On 1st September 2009 section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 comes into force. This section allows a married couple, two civil partners, or two people living as partners in an enduring family relationship (who are not closely related) to make an application to the court for a parental order. A parental order would provide for a child to be treated in law as the child of the two applicants, where that child is born as a result of the placing of an embryo, or sperm and eggs, in another woman by way of artificial insemination.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Commencement No.2 and Transitional Provision) and (Commencement No.1 Amendment) Order 2009

Statutory Instrument

Brings into force certain provisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

Businessman sues ex-wife for money spent on children after finding out they were not his

Telegraph

A millionaire businessman is suing his ex-wife for the money he spent on two of their children after finding out they were not his, according to reports.

Family breakdown damaging children, say Tories

Telegraph

Family breakdown and the devaluation of marriage has led to a generation of children with no concept of right and wrong, the Tories have warned.

Academics say Social Work Task Force statement lacks social context

Community Care

A draft statement on the roles and tasks of children's social workers fails to reflect the social factors affecting communities, experts have said.

'Excessive' caseloads dog councils scolded by Ofsted

Community Care

Large caseloads for social workers are a problem in most of the councils told by Ofsted to take urgent action to improve child protection after its first round of unannounced inspections.

Lib Dems back full publication of most serious case reviews

Community Care

The Liberal Democrats have joined the Conservatives in proposing publication of serious case reviews in full, in a paper setting out policy on safeguarding children.

Councils' failure to properly brief foster carers endangers families and foster children

Community Care

Councils are still not giving foster carers the information they need to care safely despite two court rulings, finds Gordon Carson

Downturn encourages Britons to delay divorce

The Times

Study reveals that fewer people are starting and completing divorce proceedings because of the recession

Welsh government selects family support team pilots

Community Care

The Welsh government has selected three councils to pilot a scheme to provide integrated support to families where parents have complex needs and children are at potential risk, through multi-agency teams.

Speculating on Future Trusts Interests: The judgment in C v C

Family Law Week

What is "foreseeable" when including trust assets in ancillary relief proceedings? Punam Denley, of the International Family Law Group, looks at the recent judgment in C v C

Blawg Review #226

Pink Tape

This week Pink Tape is proudly hosting Blawg Review, and in keeping with longstanding tradition I will be entering into the spirit of transatlantic competition.

'Secret agenda to score adoptions'

Telegraph

A judge has condemned the "disgraceful" conduct of social workers over an adoption case, says Christopher Booker.

Child Support and Overseas Parents – by guest blogger Rachel Baul

Marilyn Stowe Blog

I recently heard a case about a father, living overseas, who was billed £12,000 for child maintenance by the Child Support Agency (CSA) when he returned to England. My first thought was there had been an administrative error.

Restraining orders for violent partners

Telegraph

Suspected violent partners or stalkers could be handed restraining orders even if they are cleared of offences.

National domestic violence delivery plan: annual progress report 2008-09

Home Office

This annual report sets out the progress that has been made against our national domestic violence delivery plan.

Restraining order powers to protect victims of domestic violence

Home Office

A powerful tool to help protect victims of harassment including domestic abuse will come into effect next month, the government confirmed today.

Violent partners set to face restraining orders

Guardian

Abusive partners could face restraining orders, even if they are acquitted of assault under new powers to be introduced next month.

Government seeks social workers to join ICS expert panel

Community Care

The government is looking for social workers to join an expert panel designed to help reform the Integrated Children's System to ensure it supports rather than hinders practitioners.

'Recession and Baby P fuelling abuse claims against councils'

Community Care

The recession and the baby Peter case have led to a sharp increase in the number of compensation claims lodged against councils for historic child abuse, law firm Browne Jacobson has said.

Ofsted identifies child protection concerns in Leeds

Community Care

Leeds Council’s child protection services have been slammed by Ofsted following an unannounced inspection last month that identified two issues requiring urgent improvement.

Sign a pre-nup to pre-empt the risk of financial meltdown

Benussi Blog

John Cleese’s divorce from wife number three, Alyce Faye Eichelberger, has reportedly culminated in the actor and comedian being forced to hand over nearly £12.5 million of his fortune. The payout is expected to reduce the 69-year-old’s overall wealth to about £10 million and may mean that she is worth more than he is.

Tougher stance on domestic abuse

BBC News

Domestic violence victims will be able to get greater protection from courts in England and Wales from next month.

Children 'not properly protected'

BBC News

Leeds City Council is failing to protect some children who are at risk of abuse, an inspection has found.

Legal aid reforms

Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice today set out proposals to rebalance the legal aid budget to ensure that the £2 billion currently spent every year goes as far as possible in favour of civil help for those who need it most.

Children and Families Select Committee and taskforce propose overhaul of social work training

Community Care

The case for better training for social workers is gathering momentum. Amy Taylor examines what changes the Social Work Task Force and MPs believe are needed

Scotland: SNP rebuffs Labour calls to take more children into care

Community Care

The Scottish government has rebuffed calls to make it easier to take children into care in the wake of yesterday's two reports into the Brandon Muir case.

Academics criticise Families Need Fathers' guidance

Family Law Newswatch

Guidance produced by Families Need Fathers (FNF) has come under criticism for giving the impression that they might have emanated from, or were approved by, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF ) or Cafcass.

Calls for specialist foster care for all trafficked children

Family Law Newswatch

A new study has revealed that a large section of British people are unaware that child trafficking occurs in the UK.

New Common Law and Commonwealth Judicial Network

Family Law Newswatch

The International Family Justice Judicial Conference was hosted by Lord Justice Thorpe at Cumberland Lodge between 4 and 8 August. Present were over 50 judges and experts from 22 different common law and Commonwealth jurisdictions.

Media access to reports in family cases considered

Family Law Newswatch

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is considering providing media with access to reports and papers filed in family proceedings.

European Commission to hold public hearing on matrimonial property regimes

Family Law Week

Hearing to consider the 2006 Green Paper on matrimonial property

Baby P three in sentence appeal

BBC News

The three people responsible for the death of Baby Peter Connelly have appealed against their sentences.

Death of Dundee toddler Brandon Muir 'could not be predicted', says report

The Times

Social work chiefs have denied allegations of a whitewash after a report out today concluded that the violent attack on a toddler by his mother's drug-addicted boyfriend could not have been predicted.

The Silly Season?

Family Law Week blog

Lest you think that along with half the world I have been on holiday throughout August which might explain the lack of posts to this blog, let me instantly disabuse you.

Children and Families Select Committee and taskforce propose overhaul of social work training

Community Care

Last month saw the publication of a parliamentary select committee report into the training of children's and families' social workers and a second interim report from the Social Work Task Force, set up in the wake of the baby Peter case, covering social work training generally.

Fast-track social work qualifying for professionals from other sectors

Community Care

Craig Kenny gauges the arguments surrounding the plan for professionals to switch careers and become social workers

Brandon Muir review slams information sharing and recording

Community Care

The killing of Brandon Muir by his mother's partner could not have been predicted by child protection agencies in Dundee, although their ability to investigate concerns was undermined by poor information-sharing and recording.

Pre Nuptial Agreements In English Courts Update

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Further to our last bulletin where we highlighted the pending appeal of Granatino v Radmacher, involving a signed Pre Nuptial Agreement made in Germany between a German wife and French husband which was deemed unenforceable in English courts, we now bring you our take on the widely reported recent Court of Appeal decision.

John Cleese finally accepts his marriage has ceased to be and pays £12m to ex-wife

The Times

The bitter 18-month saga of John Cleese's financial settlement with his former wife appears to have come to an end.

Local authorities facing rise in 'failure to remove' claims

The Times

There has been a rise in personal injury claims against local authorities by people who claim they failed to protect them from physical and sexual abuse, according to Browne Jacobson.

Divorce laws are a gold-digger's charter

Telegraph

A 2000 landmark case opened the floodgates to huge payouts for the less deserving, says Liz Hunt.

Top 10 divorce settlements

Telegraph

John Cleese's £12 million settlement is small change compared to some other divorces.

White Ribbon Foundation: a passion to change

Australian Divorce Blog

I am a White Ribbon Ambassador. Every year, on 25 November, is White Ribbon Day. The White Ribbon movement is a movement driven by men opposed to violence against women.

John Cleese in £12 million divorce settlement

Telegraph

John Cleese has reached a £12 million settlement in his acrimonious divorce from his third wife Alyce Faye Eichelberger.

Divorce and its Effects on Children

Marilyn Stowe Blog

Dirk Lindner’s edgy portrait of Jean-Christophe Novelli and Novelli’s daughter Christina caught my eye as I was scanning The Sunday Times Magazine yesterday.

Judicial Office Business Plan published

Family Law Week

The Judicial Office has published its first annual business plan setting out its targets and priorities for the coming year.

Tender Years Doctrine

Pink Tape

I have been looking at the interesting website Eventoddlersneedfathers. There is extensive reference to something called the ‘Tender Years Doctrine’ which the website suggests is routinely and wrongly relied upon in the family courts.

Baby P: born into a nightmare of abuse, violence and despair, he never stood a chance

The Observer

The tangled family history of Baby P is a graphic warning of the horrors that generations of neglect and savage abuse can visit on children. Andrew Anthony spent months investigating the case – speaking to the boy's grandmother, social workers and police to find out how we can protect children from damaged families in an atomised society.

UK 'abandons trafficked children'

BBC News

Children who have been trafficked into the UK are being let down by the care system, a leading child protection charity has said.

Protecting All Children – jus’ like that

Pink Tape

Jill Kirby, Director of the Centre for Policy Studies writes a piece in the Opinion section of Wednesday’s Times entitled ‘It’s not hard to spot the children really at risk’.

Divorce and Grandparents’ Rights

Marilyn Stowe Blog

The Mature Times asked me to write about divorce and grandparents’ rights. My article also offers advice to grandparents who are caught up in such a situation and are concerned that they may lose contact with their grandchildren.

Co-Op to promote legal services in store

Divorce-Online Blog

The Co-operative has launched a nine-week awareness raising campaign to promote the legal services it offers to its 17m shoppers.

The Tories are progressive on poverty

Guardian

The Conservatives have proposed restoration of tax advantages for marriage and are also looking at the Australian model for divorce.

Tory spokesperson Tim Loughton slams Birmingham U-turn

Community Care

Shadow children's minister Tim Loughton has criticised Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board's failure to publish serious case reviews in full despite an apparent pledge to do so from a leading local councillor.

GSCC criticised for 'lamentable' delay in bringing conduct case

Community Care

The General Social Care Council has been strongly criticised by one of its own independent conduct committees for a three-year delay in bringing a case to hearing.

Children in care fear being socially stigmatised

Family Law Newswatch

Almost 50% of children in care worry about other people knowing their background, mainly because they fear being judged, bullied or treated differently, according to the latest report by Children's Rights Director for England, Dr Roger Morgan.

President issues Interim Guidance to assist Cafcass

Family Law Newswatch

The President of the Family Division, Sir Mark Potter, has issued Interim Guidance setting out short-term measures intended to create a framework to assist Cafcass to deliver their services to children, families and the courts.

Fostering Network finds councils are failing to provide foster carers with information to care safely

Community Care

Children in care and foster families are being put at risk because of councils' failure to provide carers with sufficient information about children placed with them, the Fostering Network warned today.

Private law referrals rise by 30% in year to June

Community Care

Cafcass has been hit with a major rise in referrals of private family law cases, such as contact and residence arrangements when parents separate, at a time when it is already dealing with a surge in care applications following the baby Peter case.

Baby P's father says he will sue 'negligent' Haringey Council

The Times

The father of Baby Peter is preparing to sue Haringey Council for failing to protect his son.

DNA kits to go on sale

Telegraph

DNA tests used by courts to settle family disputes are to go on general sale over the counter in chemist shops for the first time.

Baby P: We must confront the truth about his killers

Telegraph

For Baby P, the revulsion and shame of a nation have come too late. Now we must confront the truth about his killers to protect other children from a similar fate.

It’s not hard to spot the children really at risk

The Times

We know the factors common to most cases of abuse. Let’s cut through the complexity that stops them being identified

Douglas: Struggling Cafcass team should have faced scrutiny

Community Care

Cafcass chief Anthony Douglas has admitted that he and other senior managers should have kept a closer eye on its North Yorkshire and Humberside service, which has been rated as “inadequate” by Ofsted inspectors.

Baby Peter and the uncertainty principle

Mark Easton's UK

When one sees the faces of those who tortured and ultimately killed Baby Peter, we are looking into the eyes of the devious. Tracey Connelly in particular was a skilled liar, able to deceive and manipulate others.

Caution over domestic abuse alarm

BBC News

An organisation which helps women suffering domestic abuse says it has concerns over a new alarm scheme being used for the first time in Wales.

Social workers on Baby P fallout

BBC News

The public identification of Baby Peter's abusers has renewed focus on the role social workers played in his death, and a wider interest in the job.

The Family Law Wiki

The Family Law Wiki, a new resource for family lawyers, students and others interested in family law has now gone live. The Wiki aims to cover all aspects of family law and procedure in England and Wales and, wherever possible, link to other free online resources. Content is initially limited, but will be increased and expanded.

Baby P: legal restrictions provoked Facebook backlash

Telegraph

The legal restrictions concealing the names of Tracey Connelly and Steven Barker provoked a backlash on the internet, with Facebook campaigners challenging their right to anonymity.

Judge lifts ban on identification of Baby P's mother

Guardian

The reporting restrictions which protected the identity of the mother of Baby Peter were lifted today after a ruling by a high court judge who said it was a necessary move to maintain public confidence in the judicial system.

Internet hate campaign that made a mockery of the High Court

Independent

Foremost among the grounds of appeal being sketched out by lawyers representing the killers of Baby Peter will be the claim that prejudicial coverage on the internet denied their clients a fair trial.

Couple behind Baby P death named

BBC News

The couple responsible for the death of 17-month-old Baby Peter have been named after a court anonymity order expired.

Staffordshire says new Ofsted regime is tough but fair

Community Care

Children’s services in England face a “heavyweight” process of announced inspections under the new Ofsted regime but the exercise is fair and transparent.

Cafcass and Nagalro in care case priority row

Community Care

The professional body for children’s guardians has hit out at Cafcass for saying it could prioritise care applications involving children living at home over those who are in foster care.

FNF & CAFCASS Draft Shared Care Docs Criticised

Pink Tape

Thanks to Family Law Week for notice of this article on Community Care regarding the role Families Need Fathers is playing in drafting CAFCASS Guidance.

Baby P couple to be named

Guardian

The couple responsible for the death of Baby P will be publicly identified tonight after the expiry of a court order protecting their anonymity.

500 children a year abducted from UK

Guardian

Almost 500 children were abducted from the UK and taken abroad illegally last year, according to figures released to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act.

Fathers' group tackles 'misunderstanding' over Cafcass guide

Community Care

Campaign group Families Need Fathers has moved to quash a “misunderstanding” over the status of new guidance on shared parenting for Cafcass staff following strong criticisms by two leading academics.

One-stop courts to help women confront abuse

Sunday Times

ONE-STOP courts to help victims of domestic violence win legal redress are to be established across the country to encourage battered women to come forward and identify their abusers.

The “Agunah”, Jewish Divorce and the Right to Choose

Marilyn Stowe Blog

On Sunday I watched a Channel 4 documentary called Revelations: Divorce - Jewish Style. It focused upon the get: this is a divorce document, presented by a husband to a wife to effect the couple’s divorce in Jewish law.

How is the Public Law Outline being implemented?

Community Care

Although many professionals broadly support the aims of the Public Law Outline, there is concern about the pre-proceedings process, according to a study.

Workloads make it hard for social workers to take holiday

Community Care

For some social workers high caseloads and lack of cover make planning holidays very stressful. Louise Tickle reports

Warning: divorce can seriously damage your health (but so can staying in an unhappy marriage)

Benussi Blog

Divorce severely damages people’s long-term health, even if they remarry, according to new research.

Social workers' morale 'hits rock bottom' after Baby P

Family Law Newswatch

Unison, the union representing 40,000 social workers, has warned that morale has hit rock bottom as vacancies for social workers were standing at "a danger level" of 12 percent across the Britain.

Father's custody rights against grandmother to be heard in Supreme Court

Family Law Newswatch

A test case to decide the strength of a father's rights over other members of a child's extended family to bring up his children is to go to the highest court in the land, the new Supreme Court which opens for business in October.

Court of Appeal rule on what is reasonable punishment for children

Family Law Newswatch

The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision to dismiss care proceedings for three siblings, after one girl said she had been kicked and slapped by her parents.

Lessons about wife-beating at five: In the week Harriet Harman takes charge, yet another feminist initiative

Daily Mail

Pupils as young as five will be taught about the evils of 'wife beating' and the need to form healthy relationships.

Birmingham SCRs point to parental mental health failings

Community Care

Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board has highlighted major concerns over the treatment of mothers with mental health problems in three serious case reviews into child deaths and serious injuries.

Webster v Webster: why cohabiting couples need Living Together Agreements and Wills

Family Law at Lawson West LLP

Ms and Mr Webster met and became friends before Mr Webster married another woman with whom he had three children. Mr Webster’s marriage ended and he began cohabiting with Ms Webster and they had two children together. Mr Webster’s relationship with Ms Webster lasted 27 years, ending with his death.

First the civil partnerships, now the civil dissolutions

Independent

Fourfold increase in number of same-sex couples breaking up

SCRs 'to focus more on systemic than individual failings'

Community Care

Serious case reviews (SCRs) into child deaths and severe abuse should in future be better able to identify systemic failings, rather than focus on individual practitioners, under new government guidance, an expert has said.

Catholic Care makes High Court bid for gay adoption opt-out

Community Care

Catholic Care has applied to the High Court to appeal a ruling by the Charity Tribunal that prevents it from discriminating against homosexuals - and could lead to it closing its adoption service.

How Divorce Is Done Elsewhere: Scotland

Sam Hasler's Indiana Divorce & Family Law Blog

One great advantage gained from writing this blog is learning about family law in other states and countries. I will admit nowadays that this blog has allowed me to see both the trees and the forest, and that was not so true as before I began writing this blog.

ContactPoint database could put 11 million children at risk

Telegraph

Every child in England could be at risk because of security failings in the Government’s controversial children’s database, experts have claimed.

NSPCC calls increase by a third since death of Baby P

Telegraph

Calls to the NSPCC Helpline about serious child abuse have increased by more than a third since the death of Baby P two years ago, the charity has said.

More children than ever benefiting from child maintenance.

CMEC Press Release

Almost 794,000 children are benefiting as the Child Support Agency collected or arranged £1,136 million in child maintenance across Great Britain over the past twelve months.

International Relocation: The Reality Check

Family Law Week article

What actually happens after a child is relocated? Clare Renton, of 29 Bedford Row, looks at new research suggesting some received wisdom can be challenged.

When should a party state their case in ancillary relief?

Family Law Week article

In the absence of formal pleadings, when should a party in ancillary relief state their case and what penalties exist if the rules are breached? Alexander Chandler, of 1 Garden Court, summarises the position.

New chairman of Law Commission appointed by Lord Chancellor

Ministry of Justice

The Secretary of State for the Ministry of Justice and Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw, has appointed Sir James Munby to be Chairman of the Law Commission for three years from 1 August 2009.

Reports of child abuse soar since Baby P death

Guardian

The NSPCC has seen a dramatic increase in calls about suspected cases of child abuse since the death of Baby P, with the number deemed serious enough to warrant referral to social services or the police rising by more than a third in two years.

Baby P case sees abuse calls rise

BBC News

The NSPCC has seen calls about serious child abuse to its helpline rise by more than a third since the death of Baby Peter, the charity has said.

'Questions remain' in Baby P case

BBC News

Serious questions remain over the circumstances which led to the death of Baby Peter and the processes in place to protect him, an MP has said.

Lack of guardians leaves abused children at risk

Independent

Youngsters given court protection orders face a long wait for a social worker to support them

Baby P warnings still ignored

Guardian

At least 30 children have been murdered or died as a result of child abuse in the two years since the death of Baby P

Weird cases: who's the Daddy?

Times Online

Where the issue of paternity actually goes to law courts the claims can be extraordinary. A woman in Poland is bringing a civil negligence action in which she alleges that her daughter has been impregnated by a swimming pool.

Children put in care over father's abduction fears return to family

Telegraph

Children who were taken into care by social workers after their father asked to pick them up from inside the school gates have been reunited with their parents by a judge.

DCSF pushes for SCRs to focus on learning lessons

Community Care

The Department for Children, Schools and Families today produced draft revised guidance on serious case reviews to ensure they help agencies learn the lessons from child deaths.

Scandal of women trapped in marriages by Jewish courts

Independent

Orthodox Beth Dins in Britain not doing enough to help 'chained wives', say campaigners

Divorce and Stress: Where Are You Going?

Marilyn Stowe Blog

Do you ever have days when you are so low, you feel like you have hit the floor? Divorce is one of life’s most stressful experiences, ranked alongside bereavement and debt. As a family lawyer I have noticed that the clients who find it easiest to move on are those who are able to concentrate on the future, rather than the past.

Twitter

Family Law Week blog

Family lawyers are rather under-represented on twitter but if you are wondering whether to join and who to follow here are a few suggestions.

Quakers to conduct gay weddings

Independent

The Quakers have put themselves on a collision course with both the Government and fellow Christians by becoming the first mainstream religious organisation in the country to approve gay marriages.

Nicking "hubbies" financial documents

Family Law Blog

You are in the middle of a difficult financial divorce settlement. Your spouse is being either very slow or very unreasonable and it seems that he/she may well be hiding some financial info...

Reports from the audit trail ... Number 4

LAG News Blog

In May 2009, as part of the Access to Justice Audit, LAG hosted an event nicknamed the ‘divorce law summit’. It was a roundtable discussion involving a dozen people - half were ‘ordinary people’ and half were divorce ‘professionals’, including representatives from the family lawyers group Resolution, a barrister, a mediator and even a self-styled ‘passion coach’.

Coming Soon to a Court Near You…

Pink Tape

I should avoid the obvious opportunity to make a sexist remark about the inherent improbability of some men doing anything remotely useful with a hoover but it’s just slipped out.

What happens after the relocation of a child?

Pannone Family Blog

Reunite International, the UK’s leading charity specialising in international parental child abduction and the movement of children across international borders, has published a report this month (which was funded by the Ministry of Justice) on the effect of such relocation on children.

The Children and Young Persons Act 2008 (Commencement No. 2) (Wales) Order 2009

Statutory Instrument

This Order brings into force on 1 September 2009 sections 36, 37, 38 and 42 of, and Schedule 4 to, the Children and Young Persons Act 2008, to the extent specified in the Order. The reference in Article 2(d) of the Order to the repeal in part of section 91(10) of the Children Act 1989, is a reference to the omission of the words “or 12(5)” from that section.