Judge hits out at gay couple whose marriage ran into difficulties after having surrogate daughter

Two married men whose union ran into difficulties after they arranged to have a child by surrogate "abdicated their responsibilities" to the little girl, a High Court judge told them.

Full story: The Telegraph

Police 'not equipped' to enforce new domestic abuse laws

Just eight of 43 forces in England and Wales have provided training since controlling behaviour was made criminal offence.

Full story: The Guardian

Court of Protection: New Practice Directions

The Practice Directions hitherto supplementing the Court of Protection Rules 2007 have been revoked.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judges to revisit case of transgender Jewish woman refused right to see her children

High court judge ‘gave up too easily’ in ruling that woman who left ultra-Orthodox Haredi community in Manchester should not see her five children, appeal court says.

Full story: The Guardian

Alfie Evans: Parents in legal fight to take brain damaged son to Vatican doctors

A hospital has prevented parents from sending their brain damaged toddler to the same Vatican doctors who offered to help Charlie Gard, a court has heard.

Full story: The Telegraph

Child Maintenance Group FIU: complex earners investigations, Apr 2016 to Sept 2017

Statistics on the Financial Investigations Unit (FIU) investigations into cases of complex earners who are suspected of evading their child maintenance.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Children's experts urge Government to protect children throughout Brexit

Children’s experts from across the UK, including the Children Society and Barnado’s, have come together to form the ‘Brexit and Children’ coalition and have published a report which explores the specific implications of Brexit on children and young people.

Full story: Family Law

Magistrates Say Children Suffer In Family Court Hearings When Their Parents Have No Lawyers

An exclusive survey by the Magistrates Association for BuzzFeed News found that in magistrates' most recent family court hearings, 68% of people represented themselves, up from 41% in 2014.

Full story: Buzzfeed News

Law Commission to consider the law of surrogacy

The UK law ‘is outdated and unclear and requires comprehensive reform’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Family Justice Council 11th Annual Debate transcript and podcast available

‘Parental autonomy and a child’s best interests: Should the courts have the final say?’

Full story: Family Law Week

Child maintenance arrears: proactive use of part payment

Trial indicates that discussion of part payment in settlement of arrears is not cost-effective.

Full story: Family Law Week

Rise of LiPs “key challenge for family lawyers and courts system”

The rise in the number of litigants-in-person in the family courts since the 2013 legal aid reforms has topped a poll of the causes of discontent among family law practitioners for the fifth year running.

Full story: Legal Futures

MIAMs between July and September down 5% on a year ago

Mediation starts down 14%.

Full story: Family Law Week

Councils dealing with 500 child protection investigations every day

The number of child protection investigations being started by councils has risen at an ‘alarming’ rate of more than 500 a day, according to new figures.

Full story: LocalGov

Child maintenance consultation launched

Tough new powers to help tackle child maintenance arrears are being proposed in a consultation that launched today (14 December 2017).

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Care applications in November 2017

In November 2017, Cafcass received a total of 1,228 care applications. This figure represents a 5% decrease compared with those received in November 2016 but is the second-highest monthly total for a November on record.

Full story: Cafcass

Cafcass private law demand

In November 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,811 new private law cases. This is a 9% increase compared with those received in November 2016 and is the highest demand for the month of November since 2012.

Full story: Cafcass

Child maintenance arrears: proactive use of part payment

This research analyses the outcome of calling Child Support Agency clients to discuss part payment of child maintenance arrears.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Family court statistics quarterly: July to September 2017

Statistics relating to family courts.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Mother whose two children died has third child taken away

A mother must have her 18-month-old daughter taken from her and placed for adoption even though she has not harmed her, a judge has ruled.

Full story: BBC News

Tri-borough collapse set to raise children's services staff costs

Westminster City Council's children's services are facing an annual bill in excess of £420,000 to establish a partnership with Kensington and Chelsea following the collapse of the tri-borough arrangement.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

‘Shocking’ toll of women killed by men renews call for safe spaces

Women’s Aid census shows nine out of 10 victims were murdered by someone they knew.

Full story: The Observer

Select Committee examines proposed HFEA order to remedy discrimination against single parents

Call for submissions on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial Order) 2018.

Full story: Family Law Week

Concern over adopter numbers as figures show ‘no continued decline’ in adoptions

Adoption decisions and placement orders have stabilised since landmark court judgements caused a slump, the Adoption Leadership Board has said.

Full story: Community Care

Financial Remedies Courts should lead to ‘greater predictability’

Legal experts believe new Financial Remedies Courts should provide claimants and respondents with greater predictability, when resolving financial claims on relationship breakdown.

Full story: Family Law

Justice minister pours cold water on growing calls to fund early legal advice

The government yesterday damped down hopes that it would consider funding greater access to early legal advice.

Full story: Legal Futures

MoJ scraps legal aid restrictions for victims of domestic violence

New rules removing time limit and allowing admission of fresh categories of evidence will come into force in January.

Full story: The Guardian

Social worker to take legal claim over impact of ‘unfair’ criticism from judge to European Court

The social worker was given permission to disclose documents relating to her case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Full story: Community Care

Single parent surrogacy – remedial order goes to Parliament

Law likely to be changed in 2018.

Full story: Family Law Week

President's circular: Financial Remedies Courts

Circular released by the President on 1 December 2017 in which he proposes to pilot the FRC in three places starting in February 2018.

Full story: Family Law Hub