'Access Denied': Law Society's 25-point plan to salvage civil justice

The Law Society is calling for a root-and-branch overhaul of civil legal aid provision to help repair the damage inflicted by deep cuts four years ago.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Fate of children and young people brought up in the UK but unable to secure permanent status highlighted in report

Coram Children’s Legal Centre report makes recommendations for improvement.

Full story: Family Law Week

Resolution emphasises the need for more specialist financial advisers

Report encourages financial advisers to enter divorce and separation market.

Full story: Family Law Week

President of Family Division issues guidance for judges on Ofsted inspections

The President of the Family Division has issued guidance for judges on speaking to Ofsted staff conducting inspections of local authority children’s services.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Length of care proceedings begins to creep up

New cases started in family courts up 4% on a year ago.

Full story: Family Law Week

New measures to allow ratification of Istanbul Convention

Government announces measure as part of Domestic Abuse Bill.

Full story: Family Law Week

MIAMs down 5% on year ago

Mediation starts also down on a year ago.

Full story: Family Law Week

Paid McKenzie’s conduct ‘utterly inconceivable’, says judge

A paid McKenzie friend has been denied permission to appeal against a decision that banned him from being involved in a family dispute and criticised for describing himself as a ‘quasi-solicitor’.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Resolution teams up with Personal Finance Society for new financial adviser report

Resolution, who represent 6,500 family justice professionals, has published a report highlighting the growing need for specialist financial advisers in family law.

Full story: Resolution

Charlie Gard parents lose European court appeal

Judges at the European Court of Human Rights have rejected a plea from the parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard to intervene in his case.

Full story: BBC News

British Sikh couple take legal action after being advised not to adopt

A British Sikh couple are bringing a legal case, claiming they were advised by an adoption agency not to apply because of their “cultural heritage”.

Full story: The Guardian

“Children Deserve More” – Child Maintenance Service loopholes deny children the support they deserve

The child maintenance system is failing to ensure children receive the appropriate level of support they are entitled to, according to a new report by Gingerbread.

Full story: Gingerbread

Woman loses £50m divorce fight after claiming husband 'set up sham offshore trust'

A woman has lost a £50 million divorce court battle after failing to prove her millionaire husband’s offshore trust was a sham.

Full story: Evening Standard

Court of Appeal to hear father’s appeal in Charedi community contact case

Hearing listed for November 2017.

Full story: Family Law Week

Government announces draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill

Queen’s Speech includes draft legislation to transform approach to domestic violence.

Full story: Family Law Week

Divorces in 2015 fell by 9 per cent compared with previous year

Fall in divorces is consistent with decline in new marriages.

Full story: Family Law Week

Child emotional abuse reports surge 200% amid cuts to child protection services

The number of children being reported as victims of emotional abuse has soared by 200 per cent in seven years, more than any other form of child abuse, according to new figures released by the NSPCC.

Full story: The Independent

The Transparency Pilot: A note from the Vice President of the Court of Protection

On 20 June 2017 Mr Justice Charles, Vice President of the Court of Protection, issued the following note.

Full story: Family Law Week

Life support must continue for baby at centre of legal battle

Terminally ill Charlie Gard to remain on life support for three weeks while European court of human rights considers case.

Full story: The Guardian

Court of Appeal determines that application of ‘sharing principle’ is unfair in short marriage

Julie Sharp has been successful in her appeal against the lower court's order which had awarded capital totalling £2.725 million to the husband, which represented exactly 50% of the total matrimonial assets of £5.45 million (after deductions and concessions). The award to the husband has been reduced to £2 million.

Full story: Family Law Week

Hedge fund manager's charity will pay £282m to ex-wife's new foundation after divorce battle

A hedge fund manager's charity must pay £282m to his ex-wife's foundation after one of Britain's most expensive divorce battles came to an end in a landmark ruling.

Full story: The Telegraph

Abusive parents who try to shift blame may face tougher sentences

Draft guidelines for England and Wales say seeking to blame others should be considered an aggravating factor.

Full story: The Guardian

European court to decide whether to hear more evidence on ill baby

Charlie Gard, 10 months old, has been offered experimental therapy in US, but UK judges have ruled he must be allowed to die with dignity.

Full story: The Guardian

McKenzie Friends tread ‘fine line’ providing non-legal advice

What it means to conduct litigation is not clear, researchers find.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Jehovah's Witness agrees not to show son religious cartoons because of risk of 'emotional damage'

A Jehovah's Witness has agreed not to show his son religious cartoons and has been banned from taking the six-year-old to some church events because it could cause him "emotional damage".

Full story: The Telegraph

Strasbourg court to consider Gard case after Supreme Court refuses appeal

Pre-emptive application to ECHR questions possible breach of article 8 rights.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Supreme court rejects appeal in Charlie Gard case

Parents had hoped to persuade judges their baby should be kept alive to receive treatment in US for rare genetic condition.

Full story: The Guardian

CCLC publishes guide on legal routes to status and permanence for undocumented children

Coram Children's Legal Centre has today published an updated guide called Securing permanent status: existing legal routes for children and young people without leave to remain in the UK.

Full story: Family Law Week

Child Support Agency case closures: June 2014 to March 2017

Quarterly experimental statistics on the progress of the Child Support Agency case closure programme from June 2014 to March 2017.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Judge agrees natural father should not be given notice of care proceedings

A natural father need not be given a copy of a notice of care proceedings where this would create a risk for the mother, HHJ Bellamy has ruled in the Family Court.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Social worker struck off after lie caused children to be removed into care

The social worker told her manager the children's mother had threatened to kill herself and her children, when she hadn't.

Full story: Community Care

Children of messy divorces three times as likely to catch a cold

Children whose parents have a messy divorce are three times more likely to endure a lifetime of colds as adults, a  scientific study suggests.

Full story: The Telegraph

New guidance on changes in the use of Cafcass professional time

New guidance has been issued by the chief executives of Cafcass and Cafcass Cymru, dealing with changes in the use of Cafcass professional time to bring most benefit to children within the resources available.

Full story: Family Law

About 350,000 children benefiting from 2012 child maintenance scheme

Intake of cases increases by 15 per cent over the last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

Serious case review criticises ‘incident-focused’ social work response to domestic abuse

A review into the death of a four-week-old baby also criticised 'subtle hierarchies' between local agencies.

Full story: Community Care

Foster carers facing ‘poverty’ over inadequate Staying Put funding

The Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers said improperly supporting children to stay with foster carers leaves them unable to pay bills.

Full story: Community Care

Children accommodated in secure children's homes: 31 March 2017

Statistics on approved placements by type, gender, age and length of stay.

Full story: Department for Education