40 per cent of 2014-15 Dols applications not signed off within the year

Health and Social Care Information Centre report provides latest evidence of Supreme Court ruling's impact on caseloads.

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Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton divorce details to remain secret

High Court judge rules on divorce money fight involving rock star and his pop star ex-wife.

Full story: The Telegraph

Mediation starts in the last quarter up by a third

Legal aid statistics published for April to June 2015.

Full story: Family Law Week

ALC publishes response to SGO consultation

Concerns expressed about the appropriateness of encouraging private law applications.

Full story: Family Law Week

Vulnerable teenagers forced out of local authority accommodation

The Children’s Society seeks guarantees that all LA accommodated children are properly safeguarded.

Full story: Family Law Week

House of Commons briefing paper published on transparency in the family court

Useful summary produced of current rules and history of reform.

Full story: Family Law Week

Exceptional legal costs imposed on council in unlawful deprivation of liberty case

Judge makes rare order for council to pay costs of family in case where it multiply breached human rights of woman following 'bungled' safeguarding investigation.

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Family court statistics published for second quarter of 2015

The Ministry of Justice has published its most recent statistical bulletin presenting statistics relating to family courts.

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Gallagher-Appleton divorce triggers dispute over family court reporting

An application to lift reporting restrictions on the proceedings between Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton is being strongly resisted.

Full story: The Guardian

Lord Bach to lead review into Legal Aid

Lord Falconer, Labour’s Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Justice Secretary, today announced that Labour has appointed Lord (Willy) Bach to carry out an immediate review into legal aid.

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Public law outline needs more flexibility to allow for special guardianship orders, charity says

In The Fostering Network's response to the government's special guardianship order consultation, it also called for comprehensive support for special guardians.

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Police given advice on spotting domestic abuse patterns

Police officers will receive specialist advice on how to spot patterns of domestic abuse under new guidance.

Full story: BBC News

'Foster children harmed by frequent moves'

Vulnerable children are too often shuttled between foster homes, harming them further, says a charity.

Full story: BBC News

Brain damaged war veteran risks losing £1.1 compensation in divorce battle

Corporal Simon Vaughan, who was left severely brain damaged and unable to walk after a bomb blast in Afghanistan, is involved in a long-running divorce battle over his compensation.

Full story: The Telegraph

‘Unbundling’ family legal services 'can make them more accessible'

Research presents practitioners’, consumers’ and judges’ experiences of unbundling.

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Nagalro responds to government’s consultation on special guardianship

Association calls for best practice to be more consistently applied.

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Being in care is not detrimental to children’s educational outcomes

Low educational outcomes are partly explained by pre-care experiences.

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Timpson: special guardianship orders will be improved

Improvements will be made to special guardianship orders (SGOs) in the wake of concerns about their use, children’s minister Edward Timpson has said.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Children’s voices should be heard, Local Government Ombudsman urges

Complaint upheld after LA fails to pursue foster children’s allegations.

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Couple win damages from Hackney after children wrongly kept in care

Civil court awards parents £10,000 each following eight-year dispute with council over separation from their eight children.

Full story: The Guardian

Duncan Smith launches relationship support pilot

A pilot project designed to help parents stay together has been launched by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Social encounters with barristers “no reason” for a judge’s recusal

There is no basis for seeking the recusal of a specialist judge because they may socialise with barristers that appear before them, the High Court has said.

Full story: Litigation Futures

Court fee hikes will make legal rights 'meaningless'

Law Society president says it is wrong for the courts to make a profit for government.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Judge condemns Gloucestershire children’s services in foster case

Family court judge criticises social workers’ decision to recommend adoption for six-year-old boy without having first explored other options.

Full story: The Guardian

Care not damaging to children’s education, research finds

A review carried out at Oxford University suggests that being in care does not directly affect children's educational attainment.

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The Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/1685)

These Regulations amend the Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) Regulations 2005 which make provision for the purposes of assisting persons adopted before the 30 December 2005 to obtain information about their adoption.

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Demand for free help almost doubles since cuts to legal aid

Charities feel strain as lawyers warn pro bono work cannot fill funding gap.

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Parental status 'lost to incompetence in IVF sector'

Dozens of people who had fertility treatment might not be the legal parents of their children as a result of "widespread incompetence" in the sector, a judge has said.

Full story: BBC News

FGM order made to protect Kent girl taken to Sudan

A judge has ordered the return of a 13-year-old girl who has been taken to Sudan and is feared to be at risk of female genital mutilation.

Full story: BBC News

Court fees 'punish domestic violence victims', magistrates group says

Magistrates Association warns that criminal courts charges introduced in April ‘take money out of poorer families by punishing victim and perpetrator’.

Full story: The Guardian

Cafcass private law demand

In August 2015, Cafcass received a total of 2,954 new private law cases.  This is an 18% increase on August 2014 levels.

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Care applications in August 2015

In August 2015, Cafcass received a total of 943 care applications.  This figure represents a 4% increase compared to those received in August 2014.

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The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements 2005) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/1644)

The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements 2005) Regulations 2015 was published on 7 September 2015.

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National Adoption Service to run Wales adoption register after BAAF closure

Relevant staff from BAAF Cymru will transfer to the National Adoption Service, Welsh government says.

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Law Commissioner appointed for property, family and trust law

The Lord Chancellor today announced the appointment of Professor Nicholas Hopkins as Law Commissioner for property, family and trust law.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

High Court rules it cannot grant birth certificates to single dads through surrogacy

In a High Court decision today, the President of the Family Division has ruled that UK law cannot be stretched to recognise children born to single parents through surrogacy.

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Woman sentenced for posting person's intimate images on Facebook

First female prosecuted under new law.

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Grandparents jailed for assisting abduction to Costa Rica

Two grandparents from West Midlands have been jailed in connection with the abduction of their two grandchildren by their mother, who had taken them to Costa Rica.

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Controlling parents can damage children’s mental wellbeing

Parenting can have long-term positive impacts on wellbeing through to older age.

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Judge removes child from disabled mother over costs of care

Boy removed from disabled mother’s care over costs as judge dismisses an allegation of ‘social engineering’.

Full story: The Telegraph

Concerns over two missing boys in family court case

East Sussex officials believe boys aged five and two, who were subject of child protection plans, have been taken to north Cyprus by their mother.

Full story: The Guardian

Extra Dols assessments and living wage will contribute to £10 billion of funding pressures on councils by 2020

The Local Government Association has warned that extra Dols assessments will cost £172 million a year.

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