'Completely futile': judge criticises adulterous husband for contesting divorce

A family judge has criticised a man who cheated on his wife for contesting a divorce in an 'awful case' in which his cross-examination of the couple's daughter was described as 'particularly excruciating'.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Female genital mutilation cases more than double in a year in UK

Social work assessments show ‘alarming rise’ to 1,960 cases reported in 2017-18.

Full story: The Guardian

The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No.16) Order 2018

This Order brings into force s.27 of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008, inserting new ss.39B to 39G into the Child Support Act 1991, which allow the Secretary of State to apply to a court to disqualify a non-resident parent with child maintenance arrears for holding or obtaining a United Kingdom passport.

This Former Judge Has Condemned The Government For Leaving People In Court With No Lawyer

Sir James Munby, former president of the family court, said there is “a very real concern” about the state of justice.

Full story: BuzzFeed News

Judicial review guide 2018 published by Administrative Court

The Administrative Court has published a judicial review guide containing detailed legal guidance on bringing a judicial review case in the Administrative Court.

Full story: Family Law Week

Waggott 'meal ticket' appeal leaves lawyers waiting for maintenance guidance

A wife’s challenge to the appeal court’s decision to end periodical payments from her ex-husband has come to an end.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Divorce is not a “blank cheque” for litigation, judge warns

Litigation is not a “blank cheque” and divorcing people cannot behave on the basis that they are bound to be reimbursed for their costs, a leading family law judge has warned.

Full story: Legal Futures

Court of Protection opens door to robes at hearings

Judges and advocates could soon be required to wear robes in Court of Protection hearings at the High Court – to send a clear message that its doors are open to the media and public.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

McFarlane on family justice system: Crisis, what crisis?

Calling the pressures of dealing with the unprecedented number of children cases in the family justice system a 'crisis' is no longer apt, the president of the family division has said.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Appeal court rules McLaren driver's prenuptial deal is 'unfair'

The ex-wife of a McLaren racing driver could be entitled to a £5 million divorce settlement after an appeal court ruled that a 18-year old prenuptial deal was “unfair."

Full story: Family Law

Senior family judge calls for attention on process before care applications issued

The process undertaken in the months, weeks and days before a care application is issued is “ripe for attention”, the President of the Family Division has said.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Families must be diverted away from courts, Trowler report argues

Too little resource has been aimed at households' 'entrenched' issues, chief social worker's study concludes.

Full story: Community Care

Domestic abuse victims to have priority for social housing

Domestic abuse victims should be made a priority for social housing, amid concerns that women and children fleeing abusers are being forced to live in unsafe temporary accommodation.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

CCMS crisis: domestic violence victims advised to represent themselves

A family solicitor is having to inform domestic violence victims that they must attend court on their own as a result of the latest glitches with the Legal Aid Agency's online legal aid system.

Full article: Law Society Gazette

Family lawyers told to draft court orders on the day

Family lawyers will be expected to come to court with their laptops and draft orders on the day as part of a policy drafted to reduce delays caused by growing workloads and dwindling staff resources.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

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