Spending on children in care exceeds £4bn for first time

The amount spent by councils supporting children who have been taken into care is set to rise by more than £370m this year, breaking the £4bn barrier for the first time.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Family Court Statistics Quarterly: April to June 2018

Volume of cases dealt with by family courts over time, with statistics also broken down for the main types of case involved.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Napo warns that private probation providers failing to keep domestic violence victims safe

Napo, the largest trade union within the probation service has reacted with anger to the latest findings from a report by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Probation into the services offered to perpetrators of domestic violence and the potential impact on victims.

Full story: Family Law

Divorce rate for heterosexual couples hits 45-year low, figures show

Opposite-gender couples divorcing at lowest rate since 1973 after figure drops by 6 per cent in a year.

Full story: The Independent

History to be made in the Supreme Court on 3 October

Next month, for the first time, an appeal will be heard in the Supreme Court before a majority of female Justices.

Full story: Family Law Week

Resolution heralds ‘landmark moment' for divorce law

Resolution has welcomed the news that the government intends to introduce no-fault divorce, and says the change will reduce conflict among separating couples.

Full story: Family Law Week

New figures show welcome rise in men reporting domestic abuse to the police: ManKind Initiative

Reporting of incidents has doubled in five years.

Full story: Family Law Week

One in four children in need of protection who left the UK continued to be at risk of abuse or neglect

CFAB publishes new research into international children and families cases.

Full story: Family Law Week

Divorce rate for newly married couples halves in 25 years

The number of couples divorcing after three years of marriage has dropped by half over the last 25 years, according to new research.

Full story: The Independent

Law Commission proposes radical reforms for leaseholds of houses and flats

Reforms designed to secure a better deal for leaseholders who want to purchase the freehold or to extend the lease of their home.

Full story: Family Law Week

Divorcing man told: You can’t pay your lawyers without paying your wife’s

The husband in a divorce dispute cannot pay his lawyers a pound without paying a pound to his wife’s solicitors, the High Court has ruled.

Full story: Legal Futures

Councils using 'hundreds of thousands of people's data to try and predict child abuse'

Councils are said to be using hundreds of thousands of people's data to try and predict child abuse, it has emerged.

Full story: The Telegraph

Domestic abuse victims turning to civil courts because police are failing to enforce law

Domestic abuse victims are increasingly turning to the civil courts for protection because the police are failing to enforce the law of coercive control, it has emerged.

Full story: The Telegraph

Male domestic abuse: Not enough support for victims, says charity

Male domestic abuse victims are suffering a lack of support despite a sharp rise in attacks, a charity said.

Full story: BBC News

“When a child won't see one parent”

Cafcass is developing a "High Conflict Practice Pathway" to help Cafcass practitioners to "systematically assess cases which feature adult behaviours associated with high conflict."

Full story: Family Law Week

Latest Private law children cases received

The latest Cafcass private law demand statistics show that in August 2018, Cafcass received a total of 4,019 new private law children cases.

Full story: Family Law Week

“From inadequate to outstanding, from paper to cloud”

Insights into how Cafcass workers have harnessed use of new technology.

Full story: Family Law Week

Justice Secretary confirms plans to reduce conflict in divorce

Couples wishing to divorce will soon benefit from a less confrontational process, under proposals confirmed by the Justice Secretary David Gauke.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Number of children in care for emotional abuse soars

Conference will explore whether ‘risk of emotional harm’ is reason to intervene.

Full story: The Guardian

Government releases plans for family law in event of a “no-deal” Brexit

Yesterday the Government published the first of its guidance dealing with justice matters in the event of the UK leaving the EU with “no deal” on 29 March 2019.

Full story: Family Law

Less than one in five children initially placed in family or friend care, research finds

Some areas had as few as 11% of children's initial placements with family or friend carers.

Full story: Community Care

The International Recovery of Maintenance (Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance 2007) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

This Statutory Instrument (SI) to be made under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 will ensure that the UK is ready, after EU Exit, to apply the 2007 Hague Convention on the international recovery of maintenance.

Statutory Instrument

Care applications fall 5.7 per cent over two years

The number of applications for children to be taken into care is continuing to fall, official statistics show.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Council apologises to mother over unlawful restrictions on contact with children

Cumbria County Council has apologised to a mother who had unlawful restrictions placed on her level of contact with her three children, it has been reported.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Mother jailed for abducting daughters to USA

A British mother has admitted abducting her two children and moving to Alaska to live with her new partner without their father's permission.

Full story: BBC News

World Cup 2018: Rise in domestic abuse reports, say police

There was a "significant rise" in domestic abuse reports during the World Cup, the lead officer for football policing in England and Wales has said.

Full story: BBC News

Couples Will Be Allowed No-Fault Divorces In Plans To Be Unveiled By The Government

Couples will be allowed no-fault divorces and spouses will lose the right to contest the breakdown of a marriage under proposals for an historic overhaul of the law being drawn up by the government.

Full story: BuzzFeed News

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill would weaken DOLS: Law Society

Briefing states that the Bill ‘is not fit for purpose’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Open letter urges withdrawal of key parts of new ‘myth busting’ guide about England’s care system

50 organisations and social work experts write to Children Minister.

Full story: Family Law Week

Deputy High Court Judges appointed

The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Burnett of Maldon, has appointed 32 Deputy High Court Judges, under section 9(4) of the Senior Courts Act 1981, for a single fixed four-year term.

Full story: Family Law Week

Court of Protection costs ordered after conduct 'verging on arrogance'

A Court of Protection judge has taken the unusual step of ordering costs against local authorities that caused a woman to be trapped in limbo for years waiting for her case to be resolved.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Revealed: cash crisis pushing child services to tipping point

Fears of new case like Baby P’s as ministers told emergency funds are needed to protect thousands of vulnerable children.

Full story: The Observer