New pilot PD 36H for FGM and Forced Marriage Protection Orders

The Ministry of Justice are launching a new pilot Practice Direction 36H on Moday 23 July, applying to FGM and Forced Marriage protection orders (and variation, extension and discharge thereof).

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There's still no end in sight, says 'winning' husband in Mills v Mills

The ‘meal ticket’ phrase has long been loathed by family law specialists who see it as lazy journalism to describe a complex and nuanced area of their practice. But there was little comfort from this week’s Supreme Court ruling in Mills v Mills, trailed as the case that might do away with periodical payments for good.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Woman awarded £100k after husband's death mid-divorce

A woman whose husband was killed in the midst of the pair's divorce has been awarded more than £100,000 in damages.

Full story: BBC News

MPs cast severe doubt on court modernisation

MPs on the public accounts committee (PAC) said today that they have “little confidence” that the court modernisation programme can be delivered.

Full story: Legal Futures

Bar Council launches ‘LASPO: 5 years on’ survey

Participation of the Family Bar sought.

Full story: Family Law Week

Private Members Bill seeks to force review of divorce law

Baroness Butler-Sloss, former President of the Family Division, is sponsoring the Bill.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Supreme Court decision in Owens v Owens to be handed down next week

Judgment in wife's high profile appeal against refusal to grant a divorce on behaviour grounds will be handed down Wednesday 25th July.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Next President of the Family Division among family lawyers honoured at LALYs

The incoming President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, was awarded the Outstanding Achievement award at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2018 (LALYs).

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Chronic lack of secure accommodation demands urgent action, judge reminds government

Court told 'very serious' ongoing secure unit beds backlog means councils are unable to make adequate plans for extremely vulnerable young people.

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Husband wins Supreme Court appeal against order to pay all wife’s rental costs

First instance judge was entitled to decline to vary periodical payments order.

Full story: Family Law Week

Accommodation under s 20 agreement was lawful without parents’ informed consent

Parents’ appeal fails in Supreme Court.

Full story: Family Law Week

Joint call for urgent ban on cross-examination of domestic abuse victims by alleged perpetrators

Resolution, The Law Society and Women’s Aid have issued a joint call to the Government to urgently bring forward promised legislation banning the cross-examination of domestic abuse victims by alleged perpetrators in the family courts.

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Latest HCCH Judges Newsletter on International Child Protection focuses on the voice of the child

The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) has published Vol XXII of the Judge's Newsletter on International Child Protection.

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Implementation of Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 delayed indefinitely

The Government has confirmed that implementation of the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 has been delayed indefinitely.

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Courts Service to up the ante on digital divorce and probate

The next year of the court modernisation programme will see digital end-to-end services for divorce, probate, and money claims for under £10,000, according to HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

Full story: Legal Futures

Online note published on Habitual Residence and the Scope of the 1993 Hague Convention

Available in English, French and Spanish.

Full story: Family Law Week

Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples) Bill begins parliamentary passage

Second reading scheduled for 20 July.

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Commons to debate progress on protecting victims of domestic abuse in the family courts

House of Commons Library publishes research briefing.

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Commons Select Committee examines Domestic Abuse Bill

On 17 July 2018 the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee will hear from experts on what measures should be included in the Domestic Abuse Bill.

Full story: Family Law Week

Separated migrant children to be granted legal aid

MoJ written statement follows judicial review of legal aid cuts.

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Banker's wife whose husband took mistress to his office party wins right to divorce him in England

A multi-millionaire banker's wife who found out her husband had taken his mistress to his office party has won the right to divorce him in England.

Full story: The Telegraph

Supreme Court judgment in Mills due next week

The Supreme Court will hand down judgment in the case of Mills v Mills next Wednesday, 18th July.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Supreme Court to rule next week on use of section 20 Children Act

The Supreme Court will next week hand down a key ruling on the lawfulness of a council's accommodation of children under section 20 of the Children Act 1989.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Government U-turn on child maintenance avoidance is “welcome but not enough”

The government’s new child maintenance strategy shows it is listening to the concerns raised by Gingerbread and single parents, but still leaves question marks as to whether the Child Maintenance Service is fit for purpose.

Full story: Gingerbread

Home Office ordered to pay £50,000 after child separated from father

High court says parent placed in immigration detention illegally and daughter nearly placed for adoption.

Full story: The Guardian

'More law firm donations' needed to save pioneering drug court scheme

A Manchester boutique is hoping more firms will follow its lead and pledge £12,500 for three years to safeguard the future of a pioneering substance-abuse problem-solving court scheme to show government ministers that the legal profession is willing to put is money where its mouth is.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Vulnerable children at risk due to social care 'postcode lottery', MPs warn

Children's safety is being put at risk due to differing thresholds across England for intervening and offering support to families, a report by a group of MPs and peers has warned.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Court of Protection application and appeal fees reduced

The Court of Protection, Civil Proceedings and Magistrates' Courts Fees (Amendment) Order 2018.

Full story: Family Law Week

Justice Committee calls for changes to Sentencing Council’s guidelines on child cruelty offences

The Justice Select Committee has made a number of observations regarding the Sentencing Council's draft guideline on child cruelty offences, including that changes should be made to the section on failure to protect.

Full story: Family Law Week

There is a newly recorded case of FGM in the UK every two hours

Much more needs to be done to support survivors of female genital mutilation and protect girls at risk, as the latest NHS statistics reveal there is a newly recorded case of FGM every two hours in the UK.

Full story: Barnardo's

Local agencies are failing to spot the signs of neglect in older children, finds report

Growing up neglected: a multi-agency response to older children.

Full story: Family Law Week

House of Commons debate on the practice of forced adoption

Research briefing to be produced for the debate.

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Children lawyer becomes Law Society President

Christina Blacklaws calls for legal aid to be reinstated for family cases.

Full story: Family Law Week

Two million children growing up in families where there are serious risks, says Children’s Commissioner

Million vulnerable children being let down by a system that doesn’t recognise them.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge blasts social workers’ ‘wholly inappropriate’ record-keeping in case that saw family split for six months

Council advised to look at 'significant training improvements' for social workers after withdrawing care application due to flawed evidence.

Full story: Community Care

Government introduces bill to overhaul deprivation of liberty law in bid to save councils £200m

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill will replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards with Liberty Protection Safeguards scheme designed to streamline system.

Full story: Community Care

Thousands misusing abuse orders to get legal aid, says parenting charity

Thousands of parents falsely claim domestic abuse in order to access legal aid and stop estranged partners from seeing their children, a shared parenting charity claims.

Full story: BBC News

Applications for legal aid supported by domestic or child abuse increase by 21 per cent

Applications granted rise by 14 per cent.

Full story: Family Law Week

36,000 children suffering ‘revolving door’ cycle of repeated referrals

Action for Children report spells out consequences of fall in early intervention.

Full story: Family Law Week