Are online divorces used as a marital cry for help?

FOI request indicates that fewer online divorces proceed to final decree than paper petitions.

Full story: Family Law Week

Parliament shut-down puts justice bills under threat

Boris Johnson’s intention to prorogue parliament could lead to a halt on divorce, court and domestic abuse reform.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Domestic abuse: Killers 'follow eight-stage pattern', study says

Men who kill their partners follow a "homicide timeline" that could be tracked by police to help prevent deaths, new research suggests.

Full story: BBC News

Boy taken from home after exposure to domestic violence can return to mother

A little boy removed from his home more than two years ago because he was being exposed to domestic violence can return to his mother’s care, a family court judge has decided.

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Generation 'Z' likely to demand prenup - survey

Members of 'Generation Z' - those born from 1996 onwards - are likely to take a pragmatic approach to marriage and protect their assets before tying the knot, a YouGov survey on prenuptial agreements suggests.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

More than half of married people have no plans for their pensions if they get divorced

The survey, carried out by Fidelity International, an investment management company, found that 56% of women and 60% of men said they had no plans for what would happen to their pensions should their marriage break down.

Full story: Family Law

Pension cap exception may benefit divorcing pension holders

A little-known exception to Money Purchase Annual Allowance rules may be used, where applicable, to benefit pension holders.

Full story: Family Law Week

Mental health services fail to ask women about their experience of domestic abuse

Mental health services across England are failing to ask women about experiences of domestic abuse, according to new data in a report published by Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.

Full story: Family Law Week

New care applications received by Cafcass in July fell slightly

New applications down in each of the last nine months.

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New private law cases received by Cafcass in July increased by 18 per cent year-on-year

Cafcass received a total of 4,369 new private law cases in July – 18.7 per cent (688 cases) higher than the same month last year.

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Ignore emails after 6pm, family court tells lawyers

Barristers should take an hour for lunch and ignore emails before 8am and after 6pm, according to well-being guidance issued by the Central Family Court.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Family court has jurisdiction to review its findings of fact, says Court of Appeal

The family court has the statutory power to review its own decisions and challenges to findings of fact on the basis of further evidence do not have to be by way of appeal only, the Court of Appeal has held.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Stepsister wins legal battle over which parent died first

Entitlement to co-owned estate depended on sequence of John and Marjorie Scarle’s deaths.

Full story: The Guardian

Child-parent abuse doubled in three years, according to police records

Prosecutions fell by 36 per cent over the same period.

Full story: Family Law Week

Launch of Deputy High Court s9(4) support programme 2019

The Judicial Diversity Committee has launched a programme for those interested in applying to be s.9(4) Deputy High Court Judges.

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No-fault divorce is ‘a marriage-wreckers charter’: Christian Institute

The Christian Institute says that the government's "approach to no-fault divorce is a marriage-wreckers [sic] charter".

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Children at risk of sexual exploitation need better support: report

Children constantly moved around social care system are more likely to be vulnerable to CSE.

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Britain's biggest ever divorce case as Russian oligarch's ex-wife brings claim in London

Britain's biggest ever divorce case is set for the High Court after a Russian oligarch's wife launched a legal bid to claim a third of his £15 billion fortune.

Full story: The Telegraph

DfE names councils to receive family support funds

As part of the DfE's Supporting Families; Investing in Practice programme, family drug and alcohol courts (FDACs) and family group conferencing services will be launched in more areas.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Social services: Child in care lived in 57 different places

A child lived in 57 different places while in contact with social services, according to "troubling" research into the care system.

Full story: BBC News

Cohabiting couples fastest growing family type – ONS

Office for National Statistics data shows 25% rise in cohabiting couple families in past decade.

Full story: The Guardian

Same-sex couples living together up by 50%

The number of same-sex couples living together in the UK rose by more than 50% in the three years to 2018, official statistics reveal.

Full story: BBC News

Call for 'significant changes' to special guardianship orders

A review has urged that "significant changes" should be made to guidance on special guardianship orders, including a requirement that the child has been looked after by the proposed carer.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Appeal allows stand-still agreement on claim 17 months out of time

The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision to throw out a widow’s delayed application to claim from her late husband’s estate.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Significant increase in number of older children and teenagers going into care

A significant increase in the number of older children and teenagers going into state care in England over the last five years has affected the stability of the system, the children’s commissioner has said.

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