Wealthy divorcee sues lover by serving legal papers on him using WhatsApp

A divorcee already worth £90 million has won the right to fight to sue her former lover in the UK over tens of millions of assets after serving court papers on him via WhatsApp.

Full story: The Telegraph

Family Court Statistics Quarterly: January to March 2019

Quarterly data on the 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

Doctors can give girl from Jehovah’s Witness family blood transfusion, judge rules

A High Court judge has ruled that doctors can give a sick five-year-old girl from a Jehovah’s Witness family a blood transfusion.

Full story: Care Appointments

Child Maintenance Service: August 2013 to March 2019 (experimental)

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

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics: March 2019

Quarterly statistics on the progress of the Child Support Agency (CSA) child support schemes to March 2019.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Child maintenance arrangements made after speaking to CM Options, March to April 2019

Child maintenance outcomes for parents that have spoken to Child Maintenance (CM) Options, data from parents surveyed in March to April 2019.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Anorexic teenager can be moved to specialist unit against her wishes, says judge

An anorexic teenager whose weight has dropped to four-and-a-half stone can be taken from home against her wishes and moved to a specialist unit, a judge has ruled.

Full story: Care Appointments

Justice Secretary admits new divorce laws likely to lead to spike in marriages ending

The Justice Secretary has admitted that reforms to divorce laws are likely to lead to a spike in the number of marriages ending.

Full story: Care Appointments

Judge sets out limits of using ‘inherent jurisdiction’ to deprive liberty in gang member case

Court turns down council's attempt to detain 17-year-old involved in gang violence and believed to be at risk of attack.

Full story: Community Care

Judges overturn 'forced abortion' ruling

A woman has won an appeal against a court ruling that would have seen her mentally ill daughter forced to have an abortion.

Full story: BBC News

Judge gives doctors go-ahead to abort vulnerable woman’s baby

A judge has given doctors the go-ahead to perform an abortion on a pregnant mentally-ill woman.

Full story: Care Appointments

McFarlane tells family lawyers: don't do more than a full day's work

Tweets highlighting unreasonable judicial behaviour are likely to be referred to local leadership judges, the president of the family division has warned, after reading two social media posts last weekend about judges.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Family Justice Panel update

Panel members confirmed to steer call for evidence on how the family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Doctors ask Court of Protection judge to approve abortion for mentally-ill woman

Doctors want a judge in a specialist court to allow them to perform an abortion on a mentally-ill woman who is 22 weeks pregnant.

Full story: Care Appointments

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill: What does research tell us?

The Nuffield Foundation has published a new briefing note, authored by Professor Liz Trinder, ahead of the second reading of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill which is scheduled in the House of Commons on Tuesday 25 June.

Full story: Nuffield Foundation

Extension of the Financial Remedies Courts project to 8 new zones is a success

Today, Wednesday 19th June 2019, a press release was issued from the Judiciary of England and Wales, written by Mr Justice Mostyn acting as the National Lead Judge for the Financial Remedies Courts project.

Full story: Class Legal

Judge rejects application by Official Solicitor for council to pay costs in s.21A proceedings

A Court of Protection judge has rejected an application by the Official Solicitor (OS), acting as litigation friend, for the London Borough of Harrow to pay its costs in proceedings under Section 21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Woman who has had seven children taken away is pregnant again, judge told

A woman who has had seven children removed from her care is pregnant again, a family court judge has been told.

Full story: Care Appointments

President issues guidance on forms of order in children cases

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has published guidance on Forms of Orders in Children Cases, for judicial and practitioner's information.

Full story: Family Law Week

Campaigners call for shared parenting presumption in the law

Campaigners for shared parental rights have called for a presumption in law that children will spend roughly equal time with their parents following a separation or divorce, after a YouGov survey suggested the majority of the public agrees.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Two-year-old who needed major surgery after stepfather attack to live with father

A two-year-old boy who needed major surgery after being kicked and punched by a man his mother lived with should move to his father’s home, a High Court judge says.

Full story: Care Appointments

Man gets suspended jail term for online post identifying children taken into care

A man whose children were taken from his care has been given a suspended nine-month jail term by a judge after posting material online which identified the youngsters.

Full story: Care Appointments

Social workers halt four-year attempt to teach young mother parenting skills

Social workers have halted a four-year attempt to teach a woman who gave birth when she was a teenager how to be a good parent.

Full story: Care Appointments

New care applications received by Cafcass in May fell by 11 per cent

Cafcass received a total of 1,152 new care applications in April – 11.5 per cent lower (149 applications) than in the same month last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

New private law cases received by Cafcass in May up by 8 per cent year-on-year

Cafcass received a total of 3,950 new private law cases in May – 8.5 per cent (311 cases) higher than the same month last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

End to divorce ‘blame game’ moves closer

Biggest shake up of divorce laws in 50 years aimed at reducing conflict and supporting children and families.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Expected implementation date for DoLS replacement model announced by care minister

Liberty Protection Safeguards due to come into force in October 2020, though existing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards authorisations will remain in place until they expire.

Full story: Community Care

Disabled man blinks at judge to tell him he wants to be allowed to go home

A severely disabled man who communicates through blinking has won his court case to leave hospital and live at home.

Full story: Metro

Social services halt family court case after experts say baby injury was accident

Social services bosses have halted family court proceedings against the parents of an injured baby after specialists concluded that the little boy had probably been accidentally hurt.

Full story: Care Appointments

New Official Solicitor and Public Trustee appointed

Sarah Castle has been appointed to the role of Official Solicitor and Public Trustee.

Full story: Family Law Week

Litigants will not be forced online, government pledges

The government has no intention of making court processes exclusively online and so there is no need to give way to demands to guarantee this in primary legislation, peers were told this week.

Full story: Legal Futures

Judge refuses to place youth at risk from gang violence in secure accommodation

Council social service bosses have failed to persuade a High Court judge to place a 17-year-old youth at risk because of his involvement in gang activity in secure accommodation.

Full story: Care Appointments

Secure children's home placements plummet

The number of children placed in secure children's homes has fallen to its lowest ever level, thanks to a significant reduction in youth justice placements, new figures show.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Domestic abuse survivors 'more at risk of serious mental illness'

Women who experience domestic abuse are three times more likely to develop a serious mental illness, Birmingham University research suggests.

Full story: BBC News

Government tackled over release of domestic abuse suspects without bail curbs

Victims of domestic violence must not be placed at risk because of uncertainty around the use of police bail leading to suspects being released without restrictions, a former champion has warned.

Full story: Care Appointments

Campaigners call for reforms to surrogacy laws

Consultation urges creation of national register to allow those raised by surrogate parents to find out about their origins.

Full story: The Guardian

Woman with brain damage after heroin overdose should be allowed to die – judge

A woman who suffered severe brain damage after taking a heroin overdose five years ago should be allowed to die, a judge in a specialist court has ruled.

Full story: Care Appointments