Bill bans ‘abhorrent’ quizzing of domestic abuse victims in court

Landmark draft legislation also includes measures to raise awareness and support survivors.

Full story: The Observer

Private law cases received by Cafcass in December 2018 13 per cent up on a year ago

Cafcass received 3,105 new private law cases during December 2018. This is 13.1 per cent (360 cases) higher than December 2017 and the second highest December on record.

Full story: Family Law Week

Monthly care applications reach three-year low

The number of monthly children's care applications made by councils to family courts has dipped below the 1,000 mark for the first time in more than three years.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Woman ordered not to contact son is spared jail for attending parents' evening

London woman, who cannot be identified, tells family court there was exemption in order allowing her to attend.

Full story: The Guardian

Child maintenance: changes to powers of entry and information requests

This consultation seeks views on changes to the powers the Child Maintenance Scheme use to calculate child maintenance and enforce payments.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Civil Partnerships Bill due to receive second reading on 18 January

The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc) Bill, sponsored by Tim Loughton and Baroness Hodgson of Abinger, will receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 18 January 2019.

Full story: Family Law Week

Government issues deprivation of liberty definition in bid to provide clarity to practitioners

Ministers’ amendment to DoLS replacement bill sets out when a person would not be deprived of liberty, but sparks concerns over compatibility with human rights law.

Full story: Community Care

Only three in ten children with mental health problems receive NHS-funded treatment

Government must accelerate prevention and early intervention efforts: Public Accounts Committee.

Full story: Family Law Week

Law must recognise children as victims of domestic abuse between parents, NSPCC says

Almost 250,000 children currently living with domestic violence in England but not being treated as victims, figures suggest.

Full story: The Independent

Repatriation fees for forced marriage victims abolished

Campaigners had long said victims should not have to pay Foreign Office for their freedom.

Full story: The Guardian

UK signs and ratifies Hague Choice of Court and Hague Maintenance Conventions

The UK signed and ratified, on 28 December, the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements and the 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and other Forms of Family Maintenance.

Full story: Family Law

£2.7 million fund announced to tackle parental conflict

DWP looks for new initiatives to help families at risk of parental conflict.

Full story: Family Law Week

British victims of forced marriages required to pay their rescue costs, The Times reports

Those unable to pay asked to sign loan agreements by Foreign Office.

Full story: Family Law Week

Thousands apply online for divorce - including 13 on Christmas Day

Hundreds of people applied for a divorce over the Christmas and New Year period, the government has revealed, in its latest announcement claiming success in moving justice processes online.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Judge criticises top firm for exacerbating divorce conflict

A top family law firm has been criticised by a High Court judge for exacerbating the conflict in a high-value divorce.

Full story: Legal Futures

Family law ‘does not need lawyers’, claims ex-policeman's McKenzie startup

A former police officer who has set up a venture linking the public with McKenzie friends has told the Gazette it is an ‘irrebuttable truth’ that family law does not need lawyers.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Mr Justice Moor becomes Family Division liaison judge for Thames Valley

Appointment took effect from 1 January 2019.

Full story: Family Law Hub