Barristers can act as deputies, Court of Protection rules

Barristers can act as professional property and affairs deputies for people who lack mental capacity, although it is not seen as a legal service, the Court of Protection has ruled.

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Private pension wealth 'biggest asset in millionaires’ divorces'

Succession Wealth analyses ONS data.

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Jayden Parkinson murder: Mother calls for 'domestic abuse register'

A woman whose daughter was killed by an abusive ex-boyfriend is campaigning for people who commit domestic violence to be placed on a register.

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Boy must leave mother with 'hateful feelings' for father, judge rules

Eight-year-old has to live with father to avoid significant emotional harm, parents told.

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Legal aid changes to streamline family work

New approach from 19 April 2019.

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'Not good enough' - Munby criticises regional divorce centre errors

Days after the most senior family judge apologised to practitioners for delays and inefficiencies at the regional divorce centres, his outspoken predecessor has criticised HM Courts & Tribunals Service for being 'unable or unwilling' to resource them adequately.

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Court of Appeal sets aside 'absurd' care decision after 'shambolic' case

The Court of Appeal has delivered an excoriating assessment of a judge’s ‘unprecedented’ summary dismissal of care proceedings at an interim procedural stage.

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Legal Aid Agency guidance on interpreters at court clarified

The Legal Aid Agency has revised its Guidance on Remuneration of Expert Witnesses to clarify payments for legally aided interpreters at court.

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Child Maintenance Service: August 2013 to December 2018 (experimental)

Experimental statistics on cases processed under the 2012 statutory child maintenance scheme administered by the Child Maintenance Service.

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Separated families population statistics: April 2014 to March 2017

Estimates of the separated families population and their child maintenance arrangements. Analysis also shows separated families with no arrangement.

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Judge decides ‘closeted’ boy, 15, caused ‘genital injuries’ to seven-year-old sister

A 15-year-old boy who said he spent most of his time sleeping, playing computer games or watching horror films caused “genital injuries” to his seven-year-old sister, a High Court judge has decided.

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Human Rights Committee probes Government on Draft Domestic Abuse Bill

Chair writes to Ministers responsible for the Bill.

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Outcomes for children looked after by local authorities: 31 March 2018

The Department for Education has published data on the outcomes for children who have been looked after continuously for at least twelve months at 31 March 2018, by local authorities in England.

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New projects funded to strengthen families and keep children out of care

DfE announces £84 million investment to mark 30th anniversary of Children Act.

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New care applications received by Cafcass in March fell by nearly 10 per cent

New applications have fallen by almost 5 per cent over the last year.

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New private law cases received by Cafcass in March rose by 18 per cent

Highest March demand on record.

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The implementation and delivery of the family court settlement conferences pilot: a process evaluation

Research to understand the views and experiences of professionals taking part in the settlement conferences pilot.

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The Jurisdiction and Judgments (Family) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2019

These Regulations are made in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies in retained EU law (in particular to address reciprocal arrangements which no longer exist and are no longer appropriate) arising from the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union.

Family court judge had already blamed man cleared of FGM by Old Bailey jury

A family court judge had already blamed a man who was accused of subjecting a three-year-girl to female genital mutilation (FGM), despite him being later cleared by a criminal court jury.

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Reform of the legal requirements for divorce

This report provides a summary of the feedback received through the consultation and the government’s response.

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New divorce law to end the blame game

New legislation to overhaul divorce law and reduce family conflict.

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New projects to strengthen families and keep children out of care

£84m for projects that support families, marking 30th anniversary of the Children Act.

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Don't let Brexit hold up divorce reform, says family justice body

The head of the leading family justice body in England and Wales has urged government to prioritise vital divorce law reform to reduce conflict between separating couples.

Full story: Resolution

High Court to investigate how three sisters under 10 developed sexual infection

A High Court judge is to investigate after three sisters all aged under 10 developed a sexually transmitted infection.

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Sir Andrew McFarlane addresses Resolution Conference on ‘Interesting Times’

Sir Andrew McFarlane, the President of the Family Division, addressing the Resolution Conference on 5 April, took the opportunity to offer "an update on the major changes which are currently being developed and which will have a major impact on every aspect of family law during the next twelve months".

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Woman vows to keep son in ‘line of sight’ amid court of protection hearings

A woman has promised to keep her son in “line of sight” when he leaves home while a judge considers whether public protection measures need to be put in place.

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Nuffield Foundation appoints Board and Director of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

New data partnership established to examine how the family justice system is working.

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Children: surrogacy – single people and parental orders: Research briefing

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper considering surrogacy and parental orders.

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Staffordshire residents deprived of liberty without proper assessment

Thousands of vulnerable people may have been treated unlawfully: Ombudsman.

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Legal Aid Agency publishes updated Guidance on Remuneration of Expert Witnesses

The Legal Aid Agency has published an updated version of the Guidance on the Remuneration of Expert Witnesses. The guidance covers fees, prior authority and provisions for specific types of expert.

Full story: Family Law Week

High Court’s new judicial assistant scheme

The High Court of England and Wales is launching a new Judicial Assistants scheme.

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Vulnerable woman writes ‘incredibly moving’ statement allowing daughter’s adoption

A woman with mental health difficulties has been praised by a family court judge after deciding to let her toddler daughter be adopted because she cannot meet the youngster’s needs.

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Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019

The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Act 2019 received Royal Assent last week, paving the way for the first opposite-sex civil partnerships to take place in England and Wales by the end of the year, as well as ushering in further reforms relating to the family.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Government ditches plan for deprivation of liberty definition in DoLS replacement bill

U-turn follows House of Lords’ rejection of government’s proposed definition and comes as Parliament seeks to agree final version of legislation to Liberty Protection Safeguards.

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Judge to consider if husband can maintain intimate relationship with vulnerable wife

A judge in a specialist court might have to decide whether a man can keep making love to his wife of more than 20 years.

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