Research review on parental alienation published

Cafcass Cymru publication provides an evidence base to guide practice.

Full story: Family Law Week

Cafcass new board members appointment

The Secretary of State for Justice announces the appointment of 3 new board members of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass).

Full story: Ministry of Justice

First-ever Chartered Legal Executive appointed Vice Chair of Resolution

Juliet Harvey of Birketts has become the first the first Chartered Legal Executive to serve as Vice Chair of Resolution.

Full story: Resolution

New legislation will modernise the courts

The first step in legislation to modernise courts and tribunals across the country will today be introduced in the House of Lords.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Mother found guilty of forcing her daughter into marriage

Victim brought back to the UK from Pakistan.

Full story: Family Law Week

Law firm launches diploma in psychological supervision of family lawyers

A law firm in London has launched what it believes is the first training scheme in psychologically based supervision to help family lawyers manage work-related stress.

Full story: Legal Futures

MoJ study backs retention of two representatives for children in care proceedings

A government-commissioned study has concluded that children should continue to receive dual representation during care proceedings, despite increasing demands on resources.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Woman who asked court to allow disabled daughter to die changes mind

A woman who thought that her severely disabled 11-year-old daughter should be allowed to die has told a family court judge that she has changed her mind.

Full story: BBC News

Court Service to use lessons of online divorce pilot to develop digital family law service

The Courts Service has laid out how it will develop its new online divorce facility, starting with enabling lawyers to submit petitions on behalf of clients.

Full story: Legal Futures

Tandem model of child representation in pubic law proceedings is working well, finds study

Guidance as to the respective roles of solicitor and guardian may be beneficial.

Full story: Family Law Week

Family Justice Research Bulletin 7

A summary of the findings of recent research relevant to family justice.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

End the Blame Game, say family lawyers as landmark divorce case heads to Supreme Court

Senior family lawyers will gather outside Parliament today to call on Government to reform outdated divorce laws and remove the need for blame from the process.

Full story: Resolution

LGO urges councils to support special guardians as 70% of complaints upheld

Seven out of ten complaints received about the problems faced by special guardians are upheld, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has revealed.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

President of the Family Division agrees protocol on communicating with UK Visas and Immigration in Family Proceedings

Protocol agreed between the President of the Family Division and the Home Office issued on 16 May 2018.

Full story: Family Law

Care improves life for two thirds of children, study finds

Being taken into care improves the life chances of more than two thirds of children, a study has found.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics: March 2018

Quarterly statistics on the progress of the Child Support Agency (CSA) child support schemes up to March 2018.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Practice Guidance: Standard financial and enforcement orders (addendum no 2)

On 30 November 2017 I issued ‘Practice Guidance: Standard financial and enforcement orders’. Since then I have received a handful of representations about some of the paragraphs in these orders. In the light of them I have decided to issue the following amendments.

Full story: Family Law

Client's negligence claim over £465k divorce payout is kept alive

A property owner who tried to sue his divorce solicitors over the relief he had to pay his ex-wife has been told his case may still have a prospect of success.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Barrister ABS offers couples ‘single joint expert’ approach to divorce

Two family law barristers have set up what is believed to be the first service allowing separating couples to obtain advice from a single legal expert at any point in the process.

Full story: Legal Futures

Munby praises teenager in 'blood on our hands' case

The outgoing president of the family division has alluded to how important it is that children and young people have access to proper mental health support as he congratulated a teenager, once at risk of taking her own life, for the progress she has made in a case which he warned could have left society with 'blood on our hands'.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Civil Partnership case goes to Supreme Court today

Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan's appeal hearing due to last two days.

Full story: Family Law Week

UK plan to extend civil partnerships revealed in government report

Now-abandoned policy proposal emerges as heterosexual couple take legal fight to supreme court.

Full story: The Guardian

Wife fails in attempt to increase award of £51.4 million plus share of business assets

CoA gives weight to pre-marital agreement.

Full story: Family Law Week

Court of Appeal upholds decision to imprison husband in serious contempt of court

‘Disregard of the orders was motivated by resentment’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Care applications received by Cafcass in April 6 per cent ahead of last year

1,110 care applications received.

Full story: Family Law Week

New private law cases received by Cafcass in April up 13 per cent on last year

Highest demand for the month of April in the last four years.

Full story: Family Law Week

Owens v Owens Supreme Court hearing begins 17 May

Hearing scheduled to last one day.

Full story: Family Law Week

Consultation launched on revised statutory guidance for LAs on family and friends care

Guidance includes asylum seeking children brought to UK under Dublin III Regulation.

Full story: Family Law Week

Child Mental Health Green Paper is unambitious and ignores hundreds of thousands of children, say Select Committees

New “Trailblazer” pilot projects to be rolled out too slowly.

Full story: Family Law Week

More than 1,000 cases of forced marriage in UK last year, report says

Official unit says issue is hidden crime and figures may not reflect full scale of abuse.

Full story: The Guardian

Reform for the Family jurisdiction

A message to family judges from the President of the Family Division.

Full story: Family Law

Revised forms A & A1 in use from 4 June

Changes made to allow for fast track procedure.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Decline in adoptions continues, figures show

The number of adoptions continued to fall last year but the rate of decline has slowed, latest official figures show.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Family Division judge refuses council permission to withdraw care proceedings

A Family Division judge has refused an application by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to have care proceedings for child C either dismissed or withdrawn.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Delays and spiralling costs hamper MoJ's digital courts project

Audit office says full ambition of programme will ‘prove to be undeliverable in time available’.

Full story: The Guardian

Experts call for poorest to keep physical access to court

Leading judges and academics have urged the government not to abandon the principle of physical court hearings in pursuit of modernisation.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Rise in children being 'farmed out' to care homes, MP says

Ministers have been accused of breaking a promise to cut the number of children being "farmed out" to children's homes huge distances from where they live.

Full story: BBC News

MPs seek to guarantee grandparents' rights to see children

Cross-party support to enshrine children’s rights to a relationship with members of extended family.

Full story: The Guardian

Log in, break up – new ‘easy’ way to get a divorce online

Ministry of Justice website will allow couples to avoid stress of appearing in court, but worries persist over ‘trial by Skype’.

Full story: The Observer

Surrogacy laws set for reform as Law Commissions get Government backing

The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have started work on a review of the laws around surrogacy after Government funding was agreed.

Full story: Law Commission

Jon Venables: Judge rules legal challenge against killer's anonymity by James Bulger's family cannot be granted in current form

'It is not clear what the applicants want,' judge says after murdered toddler's father and uncle launch bid.

Full story: The Independent

6,500 jobs to be lost in modernisation of UK courts

Number of staff to be cut to around 10,000 by 2022 as part of £1bn overhaul of system.

Full story: The Guardian