Former President calls for action against parents defying contact orders

Lady Butler-Sloss suggests community service as enforcement measure.

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Rise in child emotional abuse case referrals

The number of child emotional abuse cases referred to police and children's services by the NSPCC has risen by 47% in a year, the charity has said.

Full story: BBC News

Single parent community interest company launches major family law panel

A community interest company which offers support to separating parents through its websites OnlyMums and OnlyDads, has launched a family law panel which it says could become “the place to go as the starting point for family law matters”.

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New rules to overhaul adoption

New rules to speed up the adoption system and ensure more children get a stable, loving home without delay will come into force in July.

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Couple who kept 19 dogs lose fight to have children returned from foster care

Judge dismisses application for care order to be discharged after parents say they have improved home conditions.

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Court interpreter contract ‘unacceptable’ – top family judge

The head of the Family Division has branded arrangements for providing court interpreters ‘unacceptable’ after he was forced to abandon a final adoption hearing as no one attended to translate for Slovak-speaking parents.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

President releases private law prescribed orders

Following the introduction of the Child Arrangements Programme on 22 April 2014, the President of the Family Division has released the private law prescribed orders.

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President releases final public law prescribed orders

The President of the Family Division has released the final public law prescribed orders: the Case Management Order and the Standard Directions Order.

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Pilot Scheme for Accelerated First Appointment Procedure in Financial Remedy Proceedings

The Financial Remedies Unit at the Central Family Court is running a pilot scheme for an accelerated First Appointment procedure in financial remedy proceedings.

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Five-month-old baby to be put up for adoption because father gets angry with social workers

A five-month-old baby who has still not been given a name will be put up for adoption because of his father’s hostility to social workers, a High Court judge has ruled.

Full story: The Independent

Major accountancy firm writes 'extraordinary' letter to High Court judge presiding over high-profile divorce case

Lawyers at Grant Thornton criticised Mr Justice Moor's decision to award property tycoon Scot Young's ex-wife £26 million.

Full story: The Independent

Slovak parents fail to block adoption by gay couple

Two Slovakian parents have failed to block the adoption of two of their sons by a same sex couple in Kent.

Full story: BBC News

Birmingham Children's Services 'inadequate' says Ofsted

Serious failures in Birmingham's Children's Services are leaving young people at risk, Ofsted has found.

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David Norgrove reappointed as Family Justice Board Chair

The architect of the major reforms which put children at the heart of the family justice system has been reappointed as chair of the Family Justice Board.

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Law Society intervention in Court of Appeal case supports children in family courts

The Court of Appeal has decided that the Legal Aid Agency was wrong to refuse to pay in full from the legal aid budget for an expert witness report ordered for a child by the family court.

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Charity: Domestic abuse in LGBT relationships on the rise

Members of the LGBT community are more than twice as likely to have experienced domestic abuse in the past year compared to those in heterosexual relationships, the charity Broken Rainbow has said.

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Wealthy fashionista has second husband jailed over £45 million divorce dispute

Former model Alisa Thiry, who won £32 million in her divorce from her first husband, is in a battle with her second spouse over multi-million pound marital assets.

Full story: The Telegraph

Child maintenance: Parents 'must agree or face fee'

Thousands of letters are to be sent to single parents in Britain informing them of changes to their child maintenance arrangements.

Full story: BBC News

Children’s minister hits back at child protection ‘privatisation’ claims

Amid concerns from social work academics that government proposals to allow the outsourcing of children’s services will see child protection services run by private firms and a petition against the plans from a major children’s charity, children and families minister Edward Timpson has said claims of ‘wholescale’ privatisation are a misrepresentation of the government’s ambitions.

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President’s Guidance on the use of Prescribed Documents (Private Law)

Guidance on use of the CAP forms and download the forms in Word format.

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Regional network to help boost adoption numbers

A network of regional adoption leadership boards is being created to assist national efforts to improve recruitment in the sector.

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Judge condemns council for 'unlawful detention' of pensioner moved to care home

A woman was “unlawfully deprived of her” liberty and her right to family life breached when she was removed from her home by a local council, a judge has ruled.

Full story: The Telegraph

Academics warn over child protection privatisation

A group of 37 academics say they have serious concerns at proposals to allow private contractors to take over some child protection services in England.

Full story: BBC News

The Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000 (Commencement No. 15) Order 2014

This Order brings into force section 25 of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000 in respect of the purposes for which it is not already in force.

Statutory Instrument

Supreme Court rules in favour of grandmother in In the matter of K (A Child) (Northern Ireland) [2014] UKSC 29

The Supreme Court by a majority (Lord Wilson dissenting) allows the appeal, finding that the grandmother did enjoy ‘rights of custody' such that K's removal from Lithuania was wrongful and that K should be returned to Lithuania forthwith.

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High Court to make landmark ruling on whether to allow brain damaged man to die

A High Court judge will decide this week whether doctors should stop feeding a brain damaged man and allow him to die.

Full story: The Independent

Judges criticise impact of legal aid cuts

Judicial Executive Board says cuts are often leading to increased costs elsewhere in court system, with extra litigation and longer cases.

Full story: The Guardian

Prosecutors given guidance on teen and elderly abuse

New guidelines are to be introduced for prosecutors handling cases of domestic abuse among the elderly and teenagers.

Full story: BBC News

National picture of care applications in England for 2013-14

Cafcass releases statistics for care applications for the 152 English local authorities.

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Cafcass private law demand

In April 2014, Cafcass received a total of 3,267 new private law cases. This is a 24% decrease on April 2013 levels.

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Care applications in April 2014

In April 2014, Cafcass received a total of 797 applications. This figure represents a 13% decrease compared to those received in April 2013.

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Rise in couples seeking pre-nups

Law firms report an increase in people seeking pre-nuptial agreements in the wake of new guidance from the Law Commission.

Full story: The Telegraph

Girl, 13, can make her own decision about termination, says judge

A High Court judge has ruled that a 13-year-old girl is capable of making her own decision about whether or not to terminate a pregnancy.

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Judge’s anger adds to acrimony of £500m divorce acrimony of Laura Ashley boss Khoo Kay Peng

Malaysian tycoon accused of ‘playing games’ with the High Court after missing second hearing.

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Report reveals damage to children and families caused by debt

Problem debt is putting stress on family relationships, damaging children and trapping families in a downward spiral of borrowing, according to The Debt Trap: Exposing the impact of problem debt on children, a new report from The Children's Society and StepChange Debt Charity.

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Call from public sector for local government to ‘reclaim children’s services’

Solace, the UK representative body for Chief Executives and senior managers working in local government and the public sector, is calling on local government to 'reclaim children's services' from national Government and inspectorates.

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Litigants in person make life ‘infinitely more difficult’ - CoA judge

A Court of Appeal judge has spoken of the ‘infinitely more difficult’ task of dealing with litigants in person in the family court.

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Appeal judge urges councils to help with bundles in care cases involving LIPs

It should be “standard practice” for local authorities in care proceedings to contact a court and see if they should supply alternative bundles where those provided by an unrepresented appellant are deficient or non-existent, a Court of Appeal judge has said.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Disabled people being deprived of their liberty 'vastly greater' than previously assumed

The most senior family judge in England and Wales has warned of the consequences of a 'landmark' Supreme Court ruling on the rights of disabled people living in care facilities.

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Quickie Divorce website told to drop ‘leading provider’ claim

A website boasting promoting the ‘leading providers’ of online divorces has been told to stop making the claim as it cannot be substantiated.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Forced marriage a problem for all religious minority communities in Britain

Forced marriage is not confined to Britain’s Muslim communities but exists among all minority groups, the head of a commission into the issue has said.

Full story: The Independent

Court of Appeal clarifies guidance on Judges meetings with child in Hague Convention cases

The Court of Appeal has delivered a unanimous judgment in Re KP (A Child) [2014] EWCA 554 allowing the appeal against the decision of Mrs Justice Parker which ordered the return of the mother's 13 and a half year old daughter to Malta pursuant to the Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985.

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Husband may be jailed for hiding fortune

Oil executive and second wife fight in a London hotel in row over his affair with a woman 36 years younger.

Full story: The Telegraph

Elderly woman banned from talking to the press for life in court ruling

A 94 year-old woman is subject to a permanent court order banning her from talking to the press after judge ruled she lacked 'mental capacity'.

Full story: The Telegraph

DWP launches a Child Maintenance Toolkit

The DWP has today launched a Child Maintenance Toolkit, in response to "the views of many of our stakeholders, who asked for tools and information to be available online".

Full story: Family Law Hub

Thousands contact adoption agencies after visiting national website

Nearly 7,000 people who have visited England's national adoption service website since it launched last year have gone on to contact an adoption agency, it has emerged.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Study praises Family Drug and Alcohol Court pilot

A new approach to care proceedings that tackles the substance misuse of parents has been successful in reducing the number of children taken into care and enabling more families to remain together safely.

Full story: Family Law