Families travelling to join Isis should be allowed to keep custody of their children, says judge

Families suspected of attempting to travel overseas to join Isis should be allowed to keep custody of their children – as long as the parents wear electronic tags, a High Court judge has ruled.

Full story: The Independent

Social workers criticised for ‘reprehensible’ behaviour in adoption case

A High Court judge criticised social workers and Brighton and Hove Council accused them of making claims they "weren't qualified to make".

Full story: Community Care

Greece joins EU law of applicable law on divorce

Today, 29 July 2015, Greece becomes the 16th EU country to incorporate European legislation known as the Rome III Regulation into its own domestic law.

Full story: Family Law

Mr Justice Cobb appointed as Family Division Liaison Judge for the North Eastern Circuit

The President of the Family Division, in consultation with the Lord Chancellor, has appointed Mr Justice Cobb as Family Division Liaison Judge for the North Eastern Circuit.

Full story: Family Law

Regulators report no evidence for Bar’s attack on family law solicitor-advocates

Barristers’ call for a review of the standards of solicitor-advocates’ work in family cases has been received coolly by regulators, who have told Legal Futures they have seen no evidence of the kinds of problems that would justify an investigation.

Full story: Legal Futures

Ilot v Mitson ruling means will disputes could rise

Court of Appeal case clarifies rules on reasonable provisions for adult children in Ilot v Mitson [2015] EWCA Civ 797.

Full story: Family Law

Heiress repaid £3m she gave husband after he cut children out of will

A rich heiress is to be re-paid more than £3m she gave her husband when their marriage collapsed after she discovered he had left nothing to their children following his suicide.

Full story: The Telegraph

Policy of council on retaining child protection records was lawful: High Court

A High Court judge has ruled that it was lawful for a local authority to have a policy of retaining child protection records for a period of 35 years after a case has been closed.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

North south divide in how divorces are heard forces wives to seek justice in London

An unofficial north-south divide in how divorces are arranged is driving growing numbers of wives to have their cases heard in London in the hope of obtaining more favourable settlements.

Full story: The Telegraph

Judge bans father taking daughters to Nigeria for female genital mutilation

Court issues protection order preventing three sisters, aged six to 12, from being taken out of UK after mother testifies she has ‘never recovered’ from FGM herself.

Full story: The Guardian

Nearly a thousand children in care repeatedly forced to move school

The Centre for Social Justice collects data from 124 local authorities.

Full story: Family Law Week

Wife who made £2m home into 'fortress' after divorce is told to 'move on' by judge

A wife who turned her £2 million home into a “fortress” after her husband divorced her has been ordered to “move on” by an Appeal Court judge.

Full story: Evening Standard

Voice of the Child conference

Family Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage today addressed the third annual Family Justice and Young People’s Board Voice of the Child conference.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

MoJ proposes new round of court fee rises

Fees for some courts could double under plans revealed by the Ministry of Justice today – the day after the House of Commons adjourned for the summer recess.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Italy violated human rights of gay couples by refusing marriage licences, court rules

A European court has ruled that Italy breached the rights of three gay couples by refusing to let them get married.

Full story: The Independent

Couple told they are 'too old' to look after their granddaughter

Grandparents claim that social services obtained a court order to put the girl in foster care.

Full story: The Telegraph

Separating couples ‘giving up on courts’ due to firm closures

Firm closures as a result of legal aid cuts are leaving separating parents without access to legal advice, with many giving up on settling disputes through the courts, family lawyers have warned.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Solicitor-advocates threatening family justice – bar

The bar has called for an independent review of advocacy in family law, over 'a growing concern' that an increase in the number of solicitors in conduct hearings has led to a decline in standards and ‘unjust’ outcomes.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Resolution ‘disappointed' at unapologetic MOJ response on legal aid cuts

MoJ 'fails to acknowledge seriousness of the situation'.

Full story: Family Law Week

DfE seeks views about the use of special guardianship orders

The Department for Education is seeking views about the use of special guardianship orders.

Full story: Family Law

Councils 'turning their backs on care leavers'

England's local authorities are "turning their backs" on young people leaving their care, the chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee says.

Full story: BBC News

Adoptions in Wales rise five per cent

Report by the National Adoption Service also found a reduction in the time taken to place children with adoptive families.

Full story: Community Care

Courts Minister Shailesh Vara announces consultation on the closure of 91 courts and tribunals in England and Wales

Written Ministerial Statement by Courts Minister Shailesh Vara on the HMCTS Estate.

Full story: Family Law

HHJ John Altman launches Family Solutions Court

The Family Solutions Court is being launched in London today, 16 July 2015.

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‘Delboy’ loses £900,000 divorce battle

Millionaire market trader Michael Harris loses £900,000 divorce battle against his ex-wife after sacking her from his business.

Full story: The Telegraph

High Court finds Exceptional Funding scheme unlawful

The High Court has today handed down a judgment in a test case which will have profound implications for access to justice.

Full story: Family Law

Government response to post LASPO assessment - wider objectives for reforms have not failed

The Government has provided a response to the Justice Committee’s Eighth Report of Session 2014–15 regarding the impact of changes to civil legal aid under Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

Full story: Family Law

Civil Justice Council and Family Justice Council: triennial review

The review has recognised a need for both Councils to be separate Non-departmental Public Bodies.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Husband ordered to hand over all assets to wife in divorce case

Lawyer for Essam Ali, a hospital consultant, attacks court ruling on £550,000 assets as a 'departure from equality'.

Full story: The Telegraph

Private family law cases suffering as a result of court reforms

Resolution members say delays cause long-term conflict between parents.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Care applications in June 2015

In June 2015, Cafcass received a total of 1,104 care applications.  This figure represents a 25% increase compared to those received in June 2014.

Full story: Cafcass

Cafcass private law demand

In June 2015, Cafcass received a total of 3,466 new private law cases.  This is a 33% increase on June 2014 levels.

Full story: Cafcass

The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Maintenance) and International Recovery of Maintenance (Hague Convention 2007 etc) (Amendment) Order 2015

This Order makes amendments to the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Maintenance) Regulations 2011 and to the International Recovery of Maintenance (Hague Convention 2007 etc) Regulations 2012.

Statutory Instrument

Leading charities warn of over 10,000 children at risk

91% of UK adults do not know what private fostering is.

Full story: Family Law Week

£3.2 million funding to help victims of domestic violence and abuse

Budget announces a £3.2 million funding boost to help ensure no victim of domestic abuse is turned away from help.

Full story: Family Law

New figures reveal divorce and cohabitation trends over last 12 years

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show the marital status and living arrangements of people aged 16 and over in England and Wales from 2002 to 2014.

Full story: Family Law Week

Government loosens restrictions imposed on domestic abuse victims

The Government has loosened restrictions imposed on victims of domestic abuse which were preventing them from accessing legal aid in family cases, even when it was accepted by the Government that a victim had suffered violence.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children in care should stay until 25 - children's commissioner

Vulnerable young people should be allowed to stay in care until they are aged 25, the government's children's commissioner for England has said.

Full story: BBC News

Prest continues: Multi-millionaire businessman loses latest stage in divorce battle

Court of Appeal upholds High Court's suspended jail sentence for husband who failed to pay ex-wife divorce settlement.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Law Commission consultation paper concludes DoLS are 'deeply flawed'

The Law Commission is today opening a consultation on the law of mental capacity and deprivation of liberty.

Full story: Family Law

Public ignorance of domestic abuse highlighted as Gove promises reform

The government can review the restrictions placed on legal aid for domestic abuse cases, says national charity.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Budget to pledge £30m for quicker adoptions

The Government has pledged £30m to speed up finding adoptive parents for children in care in England.

Full story: BBC News

Keehan J grants ‘life-long’ reporting restriction order

No public interest in identifying victim of CSE.

Full story: Family Law Week

Film-maker exaggerated earnings to reassure wealthy wife-to-be, family judge rules

Judge Nicholas Cusworth hears the man claimed he was pocketing £80,000 a year in royalties - when the real figure was £8,000.

Full story: The Telegraph

Charity chief warns of ‘tragedy’ if adoption progress is reversed

Adoption UK chief made warning after statistics showed a sharp decline in the number of children placed for adoption.

Full story: Community Care

Mother asks judge to choose whether her baby son should live or die

The mother was 'in turmoil' and did not want to 'participate' in the decision to turn off her son's life-support machine.

Full story: The Telegraph

Charities launch damning report on children’s rights in the UK

‘Children are bearing the brunt of Government’s spending decisions’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Mr Justice Mostyn issues new statement on the efficient conduct of financial remedy hearings

Mr Justice Mostyn has released a 'Statement on the Efficient Conduct of Financial Remedy Hearings Allocated to a High Court Judge whether Sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice or Elsewhere'.

Practice Guidance: Family Law

Police must reassess their approach to child protection

HMIC warns of risk of failing a new generation of children.

Full story: Family Law Week

Domestic abusers to wear GPS tracking devices

Northumbria Police unveil a pilot scheme that will allow victims of domestic abuse to be warned when there ex-partners are close by.

Full story: The Telegraph

SRA to probe solicitor in relationship with client during “shameful” contact battle

A solicitor who is in a relationship with his client while she goes through an acrimonious contact dispute is to be investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, with a High Court judge saying that the lawyer is “in a situation where he cannot give independent professional advice”.

Full story: Legal Futures

Mr Justice Mostyn: Nobody anticipated “savagery” of legal aid cuts

Mr Justice Mostyn has delivered some of the strongest judicial criticisms yet of the legal aid cuts and warned that “more are in prospect” under a majority Conservative government.

Full story: Legal Futures