Fewer couples think an affair is a reason to divorce

Extramarital affairs are no longer the main reason for divorce, according to research suggesting that unfaithful celebrities have made infidelity more acceptable.

Full story: The Telegraph

LegalZoom preparing to launch in UK

Online self help legal service unveils plans which may impact on UK family lawyers.

Full story: Family Law Week

£6m funding boost for new family intervention projects

The government has announced an extra £6m per year to fund the development of intensive family intervention programmes across 37 local authorities.

Full story: Community Care

MPs launch parliamentary inquiry into online child protection

A cross-party group of more than sixty Members of the Houses of Parliament, under the chairmanship of Claire Perry MP, are to carry out a Parliamentary Inquiry into online child protection.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children whose parents divorce 'more likely' to become binge drinkers

Children with parents who divorce or separate before they are five are more likely to become binge drinkers when they reach 16 than children with parents who remain together, a major new study has found.

Full story: The Telegraph

Judge Wall, the secrecy rules, and another stinging attack

The most senior judge in the Family Division, Lord Justice Wall, takes an unprecedented step.

Full post: The Telegraph

Forced marriages: Bristol area sees 'significant rise'

The number of people involved in forced marriages in the Bristol area has risen "significantly", police have said.

Full story: BBC News

Conflict between couples rarely changes after marriage, according to new study

A new academic study has found that conflict between couples rarely changes after marriage.

Full story: Family Law

Mother coached daughter to make sex abuse claims, court rules

A renowned horse trainer and former jockey “coached” her daughter to falsely claim she had been sexually abused by her father, one of the country’s most senior judges disclosed yesterday.

Full story: The Telegraph

Legal aid: plan for 10% cut raises fears of more law centre closures

Proposal due before parliament as Law for All charity blames planned legal aid cuts for pushing it into liquidation.

Full story: The Guardian

Clean breaks in Middle Income Divorces Proving to be unachievable in Recession Hit Britain

Increasingly, divorcing “stretched middle” couples have to resort to Mesher orders or even House sharing agreements.

Full story: Family Law Week

Mixed Reception for Google’s Rocket Lawyer from UK Family lawyers

Google’s venture capital arm’s recent substantial investment in Rocket Lawyer seems to have been greeted with a widely varied response by family lawyers.

Full story: Family Law Week

Record number of care cases puts courts under strain

Record numbers of care cases are putting ‘intense’ pressure on the family justice system, according to the head of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Divorcing couples now argue over supermarket loyalty cards as recession bites, claim lawyers

Divorces in England and Wales are being delayed by couples rowing over supermarket and airline loyalty points as the recession continues to bite, a leading family law firm said.

Full story: Daily Mail

Judges weaken rules on paedophiles

Paedophiles have won unsupervised access to their own children because it would breach their human rights to keep them apart, judges have ruled.

Full story: The Telegraph

Thousands of children to lose "vital" child maintenance payments

Almost 15,000 youngsters in Birmingham could lose vital child maintenance payments if single parents are charged for the Government’s help to secure the cash, two charities warned.

Full story: Birmingham Mail

SCR: agencies could not have predicted child stabbing

Child protection professionals acted correctly in the case of an 11-month girl stabbed to death by her mother last year, a serious case review concludes today.

Full story: Community Care

Yorkshire councils combine legal teams

Five West Yorkshire councils have combined their legal teams in an attempt to maximise resources and save around £1.6m a year in legal spend.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Australian sperm donor forced to remove name from child's birth certificate

A District Court in Australia has ordered the removal of a sperm donor's name from the birth certificate of a child born to a lesbian couple.

Full story: Family Law

Childhood maltreatment linked to long-term depression

New study by King's College strengthens the argument for early intervention.

Full story: Family Law Week

Government to apply "family test" to all domestic policy

Following last week's riots, Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a review of Government policies "to fix a broken society".

Full story: Family Law

Family Law Bar Association criticises legal aid cuts

The Family Law Bar Association (FLBA), which represents the interests of approximately 2,300 barristers nationally who specialise in family law, has said that it is deeply concerned about the impact on vulnerable members of society from the Government's proposals to cut legal aid fees by 10%.

Full story: Family Law

Social workers accused parents of bone disease baby of child abuse

Two children who were taken into care after social workers mistook a baby's brittle bone disease for evidence of abuse have been reunited with their parents.

Full story: The Telegraph

Husband keeps family wealth in divorce ruling

A wife is not entitled to a £7 million share of her husband’s £24 million fortune after 25 years of marriage because he inherited it from his father, a divorce judge has ruled.

Full story: The Telegraph

UK Child abduction campaigners urge Japan to improve its procedures

The Japan Times reports that campaigners in the United Kingdom, including Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, have expressed concerns that the current legal framework in Japan will not ensure effective implementation of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Full story: Family Law Week

Wife divorces High Court judge 'over barrister affair'

A High Court judge who started a relationship with the wife of shot barrister Mark Saunders was divorced by his wife today on the grounds of his adultery.

Full story: The Telegraph

Bar Council responds to MoJ Funding Order consultation

The response expresses the Bar Council's dismay at the Ministry's decision to press ahead with further cuts to barristers' fees in the face of overwhelming opposition within responses to the legal aid consultation.

Full story: Family Law Week

Care application demand remains at all-time high

Cafcass has published care application statistics for July 2011. During the month there were 856 care applications.

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UK rejects EU-wide rules on matrimonial property rights

On 30 June 2011, the Ministry of Justice made a statement in Parliament saying the Government had decided not to opt in to the European Commission's proposals to bring legal clarity to the property rights for married international couples and for registered partnerships with an international dimension.

Full story: Family Law

British Association for Adoption & Fostering rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted

The British Association for Adoption & Fostering 's work as a voluntary adoption agency and adoption support agency in England has been rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted in its recent inspection.

Full story: Family Law Week

LSC family tender consultation with representative bodies has closed

LSC publishes update on consultation about its planned approach to the family tender.

Full story: Family Law Week

Hull council failed over child protection concern - report

Hull City Council's failure to deal with concerns about the safety of a brother and sister could have had "very serious consequences", a report says.

Full story: BBC News

Court of Protection case to be reported in real time after landmark legal ruling

Judge rules son's battle with local authority to care for his elderly father is of 'specific public interest'.

Full story: The Guardian

Anglesey child policies 'serious shortcomings' - report

A report has highlighted "serious shortcomings" in the way Anglesey council deals with the needs of vulnerable children.

Full story: BBC News

Office of the Public Guardian calls for evidence on Deputies

Care charities and other not-for-profit organisations are being asked whether they think they can better meet the needs of people who lack mental capacity.

Full story: Family Law Week

No need for renewal of interim guidance, say Sir Nicholas Wall and Anthony Douglas

In a joint message signed by Sir Nicholas Wall, President of the Family Division, and Anthony Douglas CBE, the Chief Executive of Cafcass, it has been agreed that there is no need to renew the interim guidance, originally entered into on 1 October 2009 ('PIG1') and again on 1 April 2010 ('PIG2').

Full story: Family Law Week

Social care hubs found to speed up interventions

Partnerships between social workers, police and health workers could speed up interventions for children, an evaluation of a multi-agency safeguarding hubs has found.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Children's services deputy quits after Ofsted criticism

The deputy director of children and young people's services at Waltham Forest has left the council after an Ofsted report exposed safeguarding failings.

Full story: Community Care

UK marriage equality consultation delayed

The British government says a consultation on the future of marriage equality and civil partnerships will be held this autumn.

Full story: Pink News

Medway Council sees 26% increase in children in care

The number of young people in local authority care in Kent has increased by 26% over the past 15 months.

Full story: BBC News

Guidance Note to Family Proceedings Courts Issued by the Justices’ Clerks Society

Guidance on making a child party to proceedings, the appointment of a guardian, the ability to appoint a litigation friend or the official solicitor in protected party cases and the option to retain jurisdiction in such cases, and when to exercise the power to stay proceedings.

Full story: Family Law

Gove and Haringey refused appeal over Shoesmith sacking

The Supreme Court has refused secretary of state Michael Gove and Haringey Council permission to appeal against the ruling that Sharon Shoesmith was unfairly sacked as director of children's services at Haringey following the Baby P court case.

Full story: Community Care

Increase of 25% of children in social care in Somerset

The number of children in social care has increased by 25% to 475 since 2009, Somerset County Council has said.

Full story: BBC News

President's Interim Guidance not to be formally renewed

The President of the Family Division, Sir Nicholas Wall, and the Chief Executive of Cafcass, Anthony Douglas, have announced that Interim Guidance first introduced in October 2009 designed to provide short-term assistance to Cafcass, will not be formally renewed when the most recent agreement comes to an end on the 30 September 2011.

Full story: Family Law

Allocation and continuity of case managers in the Family Proceedings Courts (Bulletin Number 4)

The purpose of this Guidance is to set out the expectations on FPCs in relation to the allocation and continuity of case managers and to provide some practical guidance.

Full story: Family Law

Social worker struck off after exposing child to risk

A social worker who failed to act on concerns raised by a child's teacher has been struck off the register in Wales.

Full story: Community Care

Important paper published on media access to the family courts for use by judges, journalists and practitioners

The President of the Family Division, the Judicial College and the Society of Editors have produced a joint publication on media access to and reporting of the family courts.

Full story: Family Law Week