Judge Sir Paul Coleridge quit because of lack of ‘support’ over marriage stance

Sir Paul Coleridge, the High Court judge who set up the Marriage Foundation, discloses he decided to step down from the bench because of opposition to his stance on marriage.

Full story: The Telegraph

Holman J calls for maintenance enforcement rules to be simplified

In Constantinides v Constantinides [2013] EWHC 3688 (Fam), Mr Justice Holman has said that the law concerning enforcement of maintenance by imprisonment are 'in dire need of modernisation, simplification and reform'.

Full story: Family Law Week

Research shows how children’s guardians are fulfilling their role

New research by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, The Work of Cafcass Guardians in Care Cases, sheds light on how children's guardians fulfil their role of being the 'voice of the child' in care proceedings.

Full story: Family Law Week

Family 'foster carers' losing out, says watchdog

People who look after young relatives or friends' children are being treated unfairly by some councils, a local government watchdog says.

Full story: BBC News

Numbers on Welsh child protection registers increase slightly

There were 2,950 children (including unborn children) on local authority child protection registers in Wales at 31 March 2013.

Full story: Family Law Week

Supreme Court to hand down judgment in Hague Convention appeal on 4th December

The Supreme Court will hand down judgment in Re KL (A Child) on Wednesday, 4th December.

Full story: Family Law Week

New figures show smaller rise in adoptions

The rise in the number of children adopted last year was not as high as previously thought, new data analysis suggests.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Police receive new orders to tackle domestic abuse

Tough powers to tackle domestic violence are to be introduced across England and Wales, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

ECtHR rules on duty to carry out ‘in-depth examination’ in Hague Convention child abduction cases

The European Court of Human Rights has delivered a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of X v Latvia in which reunite International Child Abduction Centre intervened.

Full story: Family Law Week

Mediation – the best option for children

Children can be spared the trauma of stressful court battles if their parents use mediation Family Justice Minister Lord McNally said today.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Family courts ‘are not a talking shop’, Ryder LJ says

He gives guidance on 'more inquisitorial process' for litigants in person.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

New Child Maintenance Service opens to all new applicants

The new Child Maintenance Service for separated parents to support their children has opened to all new applicants.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

2012 statutory child maintenance scheme: Aug 2013 to Sept 2013: experimental statistics

Experimental statistics on the 2012 child maintenance scheme administered by the Child Maintenance Service for Aug 2013 and Sept 2013.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

“Worrying lack of awareness” about divorce process risks increasing cost & stress of break-ups

Couples risk increasing the stress and cost of divorce settlements because of a “worrying lack of awareness” about a wide variety of non-court based solutions according to relationship experts, following the publication of new polling published today (25 Nov).

Full story: Resolution

'Clare's Law' to cover all of England and Wales after pilot scheme

"Clare's Law", which enables women to check the police record of a new boyfriend, will be expanded to cover all of England and Wales.

Full story: BBC News

Businessman Scot Young hid £40m from estranged wife, judge rules

Mr Justice Moor says £20m should go to Michelle Young in divorce after she claimed husband had fortune of 'a few billion'.

Full story: The Guardian

Divorcee begs judge to save her from financial ruin after ex husband stole £700,000 from friends and family

Husband used bank and Betfair accounts in his ex wife's name to run a "Ponzi" scheme.

Full story: The Telegraph

The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No. 12 and Savings Provisions) and the Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 15) Order 2013

This Order brings into force provisions of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 for the purpose of applying new rules for calculating child support maintenance to all cases other than existing cases.

Statutory Instrument

Russian court rules 'abducted' children to return to UK

A north London mother has won a landmark ruling to get her children back from Russia after they were abducted by their father.

Full story: BBC News

New draft standard Financial Remedy Orders out for consultation

Latest draft standard orders for family cases released for consultation, including a comprehensive financial remedies 'omnibus' consent order.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Hundreds of thousands of children could lose over £70 of child maintenance per year in collection charges, show latest statistics

As the government prepares to open the new Child Maintenance Service (CMS) for all new applicants, and starts the countdown to the introduction of fees to use the new CMS and the phased shut-down of all existing Child Support Agency cases, new government statistics published today show just how many children – who currently depend on the CSA to collect child maintenance – could lose out.

Full story: Gingerbread

Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics: September 2013

A statistical report providing figures on caseloads, enforcement, appeals, collections and outstanding arrears.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Social workers under 'phenomenal pressure'

Child protection services in England are under more pressure than ever, the Association of Directors of Children's Services is warning.

Full story: BBC News

Britain's 130,000 estranged fathers

Study reveals one in eight divorced fathers has lost all contact with their children.

Full story: The Telegraph

Judge says bankrupt tycoon Scot Young has 'a serious problem'

The penniless tycoon embroiled in Britain’s most high-profile divorce has a “serious problem”, according to the judge who is set to determine whether is a billionaire or a bankrupt.

Full story: The Independent

Women’s Aid tells Michael Gove: domestic violence is not a ‘life choice’

Women's Aid is challenging statements made by Michael Gove in a speech on reforms to social care which, it says, imply that domestic violence is a 'life choice' that women should take responsibility for.

Full story: Family Law Week

Domestic violence survivors are being abandoned after spending cuts

Survivors and experts campaign for new approach to law as support services face huge budget cuts.

Full story: The Observer

Judge issues £10,000 warning to London man in divorce row

A judge has given a man a £10,000 incentive to help his ex-wife find four pieces of missing jewellery.

Full story: BBC News

Mrs Justice Pauffley appointed as the Senior Family Liaison Judge

Mrs Justice Pauffley DBE has been appointed as the Senior Family Liaison Judge, with immediate effect, for a 3 year term.

Full story: Family Law Week

Family Drug and Alcohol Court to expand into Buckinghamshire and northern England

London’s Family Drug and Alcohol Court is being operations in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes from next April.

Full story: Community Care

Wealthy family 'tearing itself apart' over divorce as £50m fortune hangs in balance

A divorce between millionaire engineering tycoon, Richard Shield and his wife of 43 years, Susan, has rung up a £700,000 legal bill before the case has even gone to court.

Full story: The Telegraph

Birmingham children's services under takeover threat

The children's services department at Birmingham City Council could be taken over by the Department for Education, the BBC has learned.

Full story: BBC News

Serious case review for Hamzah Khan: government response

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson writes to the Chair of Bradford Safeguarding Children Board.

Full story: Department for Education

Hamzah Khan: Starved boy's death 'could not be predicted'

The death of four year-old Hamzah Khan, who starved to death in Bradford, could not have been predicted, a report has said.

Full story: BBC News

'Feckless fathers should be put in chains and made to work,' says Conservative MP

David TC Davies, a Conservative MP, has said fathers who abandon their children should be made to work to pay back the costs of their care.

Full story: The Telegraph

Private Law Working Group report published

The Private Law Working Group, which was set up by the President of the Family Division in August 2013 under the chairmanship of Mr Justice Cobb, has now reported.

Full story: Judiciary of England and Wales

Care leavers get 'raw deal', says MPs' report

Young people leaving care are given a "raw deal", according to research for an all party group of MPs.

Full story: BBC News

Gove urges 'systematic' child protection reform

Michael Gove is calling for "systematic" and "radical" reform of England's child protection system so it can meet the challenge it faces.

Full story: BBC News

Judge vows to open up family courts to the public

One of the country’s most senior judges has vowed to “open to the world” the workings of the family courts and the shadowy Court of Protection.

Full story: The Independent

Government not doing enough to support family mediation

The government is failing to support divorcing couples, a leading mediator has said as he urged the Ministry of Justice to deliver on its flagship family mediation policy.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Bill amendment prompts social work competition fears

A late amendment to the Children and Families Bill could open up children’s social work to much greater competition, the National Children’s Bureau has warned.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Relationship breakdown costs UK £50bn a year

A new group of politicians and charities call on the Government to create a national relationship strategy.

Full story: The Telegraph

Court refuses declaration of non-recognition of forced marriage of 14 year old girl

Mr Justice Holman has dismissed an application, brought by a local authority in the course of care proceedings, for a declaration of non-recognition of the marriage of a British girl, then 14, conducted in Pakistan under circumstances of extreme duress.

Full story: Family Law Week

Care applications in October 2013

In October 2013, Cafcass received a total of 972 applications. This is the second highest month this year and a 2% increase compared to those received in October 2012.

Full story: Cafcass

Cafcass private law demand

In October 2013, Cafcass received a total of 3,975 new private law cases. This is a 8% decrease on October 2012 levels.

Full story: Cafcass

New standards aim to promote quality expert evidence

Vulnerable children will be helped by new national standards which will raise the quality of expert evidence in family courts and end unnecessary delays, Justice Minister Lord McNally has announced.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Ofsted's single inspection of children’s services takes effect

Ofsted's single inspection framework is now in effect on a universal, three-year cycle. It brings together into one inspection: child protection; services for looked after children and care leavers; and local authority fostering and adoption services.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children set to lose out as government confirms child maintenance charges

The government has confirmed that it intends to deduct a proportion of child maintenance from families who need to use the new child maintenance collection service.

Full story: Gingerbread

Cafcass transfer to the Ministry of Justice

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) will transfer to the Ministry of Justice in April 2014.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Pioneering family court on the edge

A trailblazing family judge has described as ‘tyranny’ the government’s demand for rigid adherence to a 26-week time limit for care cases.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Triennial Review of the Civil Justice Council and Family Justice Council

The Judicial Office is carrying out a review of the Civil and Family Justice Councils as a part of a new Triennial Review for non-departmental public bodies.

Full story: Family Law

Scot Young and the $4.5 billion Post-It note: Court hears of bankrupt tycoon's Facebook 'profit' in high-profile divorce case

A hand-written note seized from the home of the bankrupt tycoon at the centre of Britain’s most high-profile divorce suggested he made “$4.5 billion profit” in Facebook, the High Court heard on Monday.

Full story: The Independent

Not reporting child abuse 'should be criminal offence'

Failing to report allegations of child abuse should be made a criminal offence, according to the former director of public prosecutions.

Full story: BBC News

Pre-care proceedings protocol deserves urgent consideration

Bridget Lindley, Deputy Chief Executive and Principal Legal Adviser of the Family Rights Group, has called for urgent consideration to be given to the publication of a pre-proceedings protocol in conjunction with the revised Public Law Outline.

Full story: Family Law Week

Separating couples are rejecting mediation

The number of separated couples undergoing publicly-funded mediation has dropped by almost a third, compared to the same period last year, since the removal of legal aid from divorce lawyers in April 2013.

Full story: Family Law Week

Call for national approach to pre-proceedings work

A legal expert is calling for the introduction of a national approach for working with vulnerable families before care proceedings are launched.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Young domestic abusers need better support, say experts

A new approach is needed to stop teens committing domestic violence, according to a group of experts.

Full story: BBC Newsbeat

Missing girl's family jailed for not revealing her location

The grandparents and aunt of a five-year-old girl at the centre of a custody battle have been sentenced to 12 days jail for contempt of court.

Full story: BBC News