Children looked after in England including adoption: 2017 to 2018

Information on looked-after children at both national and local authority levels for the financial year 2017 to 2018.

Full story: Department for Education

Sir James Munby appointed Chair of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

The Nuffield Foundation has appointed Sir James Munby as Chair of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory.

Full story: Nuffield Foundation

Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics: September 2018

Quarterly statistics on the progress of the Child Support Agency child support schemes to September 2018.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

President’s Guidance: Addition to Compendium of Standard Family Orders

With the agreement of the President I promulgate three new orders, and an addition to an existing order, to be added with immediate effect to the Compendium of Standard Orders.

Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Law Society publishes no-deal Brexit guidance on family law

The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors highlighting the changes in civil and commercial co-operation that will occur in the event the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019 without a Withdrawal Agreement and transitional arrangements in place, and the steps solicitors should consider in order to prepare their practice for this scenario.

Full story: Family Law

Britain's costliest divorce: Oligarch can keep £360m yacht as Dubai judge overrules High Court

A Sharia court in Dubai has ignored an order from the High Court that an oligarch must hand over a £350m yacht to his ex-wife as part of the UK’s biggest divorce settlement. Lawyers say the development further underlines the difficulty of enforcing UK divorce orders abroad.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Co-op Legal claims to get divorce process down to eight weeks

Co-operative Legal Services is championing the results of government efforts to help separated couples divorce quicker, announcing that it is getting clients through the process within a couple of months since joining two pilots.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Coram Conference 2018: Family lawyers in the dark where Brexit will take them

Brexit is creating a ton of uncertainty for family lawyers and their clients. That was the unsurprising key takeaway of the 'Brexit for Breakfast' panel discussion that kicked off Coram Chambers' annual conference at The Law Society in London.

Full story: Family Law

Cuts risk more child protection plans, ‘outstanding’ county warns

East Sussex council sets out proposed reductions to children's services as part of bare-minimum offer.

Full story: Community Care

Social services under fire after boy placed into foster care before grandparents knew he was born

Judge says grandparents could have been considered as carers if they were told of boy's existence.

Full story: The Independent

Pension Advisory Group: Update

The Pension Advisory Group was convened in mid-2017 with the purpose of producing a good practice guide for lawyers and financial experts about the issues relating to pensions on divorce.

Full story: Family Law

Premarital cohabitation has short-term benefits and longer-term costs for marital stability

New American study published on cohabitation experience and association with marital breakdown.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge criticises social worker’s ‘incorrect and inaccurate’ evidence

Hertfordshire council under fire for 'pervasive failure to accurately state correct position' and overly negative view of family.

Full story: Community Care

Financial Remedies Pilot extended to eight more court centres

President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has announced that he has given the 'green light' for the pilot to start working in each of these eight courts.

Full story: Family Law Week

Government asks Law Commission to review weddings law

Law Commission’s scoping paper found the rules outdated.

Full story: Family Law Week

Cornwall Council leaves homeless teenager in a tent

Ombudsman finds failings in council’s planning for young, homeless people.

Full story: Family Law Week