Unmarried NI mother wins access to widowed parent's allowance after death of her partner

Mother's appeal against a Court of Appeal decision that s39A of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 was not incompatible with article 14 read with article 8 ECHR or the protection of property rights in Article 1 of the First Protocol (A1P1) was allowed.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Commons to hold debate on LASPO and the post-implementation review

Briefing prepared for the debate on 4 September.

Full story: Family Law Week

Repatriation of victims of forced marriage: FOI release

In 2017, 27 of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Forced Marriage Unit's cases involved the repatriation of victims from abroad.

Full story: Family Law Week

Emma Thompson film prompts independent advocacy call

Today's release of the film adaptation of author Ian McEwan's novel The Children Act, starring Oscar-winning Emma Thompson as a High Court judge, has prompted a children's charity to call for the mandatory provision of independent advocates for children.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Legal bloggers allowed to report on family proceedings

Five years after former family division president Sir James Munby highlighted a pressing need for greater transparency in the family justice system, the government and judiciary are to allow certain 'legal bloggers' to report on proceedings.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Mr Justice Hayden appointed as Vice-President of the Court of Protection

Mr Justice Hayden has been appointed as Vice-President of the Court of Protection by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, following consultation with the Lord Chancellor.

Full story: Court of Protection Hub

Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics: June 2018

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

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Overall ‘cost of a child’ is £150,753 for a couple

CPAG’s Cost of a Child in 2018 report released.

Full story: Family Law Week

Institutional neglect: 50,000 children in care where council services are failing

Social Market Foundation accuses politicians of ignoring “silent crisis” in care services.

Full story: Family Law Week

Rise in deathbed weddings prompts call to protect cohabiting couples

Charities say many cohabiters mistakenly believe they have same rights as married couples.

Full story: The Guardian

Man and woman charged with FGM of three-year-old girl

Two people have appeared at Thames Magistrates' Court charged with the female genital mutilation (FGM) of a three-year-old girl.

Full story: Family Law Week

Domestic abuse victims increasingly refused right to remain in UK

FOI request reveals doubling of refusals between 2012 and 2016.

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Divorcing couples admit to ‘exaggerating’ foul play

Slater and Gordon survey finds that 30 per cent ‘bend truth’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Financial order reforms set to boost unfairly treated former partners and families

The Government has agreed to improve the enforcement of financial orders, in response to a Law Commission report.

Full story: Law Commission

Civil partnerships in England and Wales: 2017

Annual statistics on formations and dissolutions of civil partnerships analysed by the sex, age, and previous marital status of the couples and the place of registration.

Full story: Office for National Statistics

Football used as scapegoat for domestic violence

Over-simplified reports risk trivialising the issue.

Full story: Family Law Week

New pilot scheme announced for easier court entrance for legal professionals

The Ministry of Justice has announced a new pilot scheme for practising legal professionals which will allow for them to get direct entrance to courts without the need to be searched.

Full story: Family Law

1,224 new care applications received by Cafcass in July

Applications 2 per cent down on a year ago.

Full story: Family Law Week

Private law cases received by Cafcass in July up 4 per cent on a year ago

3,768 new private law cases in the month.

Full story: Family Law Week

Child maintenance: new steps to improve compliance and to allow arrears to be written off

The House of Commons library has written a useful summary of recent changes to child maintenance enforcement.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Supervision orders unsuccessful in a quarter of cases, research finds

Review of 26-week care proceedings reforms underlines impact of Re B and Re B-S case law and raises questions around decision-making.

Full story: Community Care

All supported housing funding to be retained in welfare system

Housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing, the government has announced.

Full story: GOV.UK

LSB responds to MoJ's LASPO review

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has responded to the Ministry of Justice's (MoJ) post-implementation review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).

Full story: Legal Services Board

Paediatricians as Expert Witnesses in the Family Courts in England and Wales: Standards, competencies and expectations

Produced by the Family Justice Council and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, this guide directs the reader to discipline specific information with regards to paediatricians as expert witnesses.

Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Nagalro publishes guide to Cafcass's professional time guidance

Nagalro explains its action to secure change.

Full story: Family Law Week

Defendants 'gaming system' to get domestic violence cases dropped

Complainants who do not appear at court may have been intimidated, report says.

Full story: The Guardian

Home secretary vows to take action over forced marriages

Charities warn Home Office fails to protect victims, issuing visas to abusive husbands.

Full story: The Guardian

Guidance regarding legal aid for unaccompanied and separated children

Applications should be made for Exceptional Case Funding.

Full story: Family Law Week

Russian oligarch in contempt of court over unpaid £453m divorce bill

Farkhad Akhmedov has taken elaborate steps to avoid paying ex-wife ‘one cent’, court hears.

Full story: The Guardian

Call for Government to act on domestic abuse risk under Universal Credit

The Work and Pensions Committee has warned that single household payments of Universal Credit could put claimants living with domestic abuse at risk of harm as they enable perpetrators to take charge of potentially the entire household budget, leaving survivors and their children dependent on the abusive partner for all of their basic needs.

Full story: Family Law

Solicitors' phase of online divorce pilot given green light

The solicitors' application of the online divorce pilot has been approved to go live.

Full story: Family Law

English law applies to Islamic marriage, judge rules in divorce case

Husband tried to block divorce petition, arguing couple were married only under sharia law.

Full story: The Guardian