Survey finds hundreds of children in care being forced to see abusive parents

Hundreds of children in care are being “marched back” to visit their abusive parents and a majority of foster families want to see the practice made illegal, research suggests.

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Judge apologises for eight-month delay in producing written ruling on FGM case

The most senior family court judge in England and Wales has apologised after taking nearly eight months to produce a written ruling on a case involving Home Office ministers and a girl feared to be at risk of female genital mutilation.

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Family courts “failing” McFarlane’s wellbeing challenge

Many courts have not responded to the encouragement of the president of the Family Division to lay down acceptable working practices so as to improve wellbeing, a leading QC has claimed.

Full story: Legal Futures

Supreme Court considers parental responsibility and deprivation of liberty

Majority decide parental responsibility cannot authorise a violation of a child’s fundamental human right.

Full story: Family Law Week

Vulnerable woman at centre of abortion case needs contraceptive device, court told

Doctors plan to fit a mentally-disabled woman who was at the centre of an abortion battle with a contraceptive device, a judge has been told.

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Transgender man loses court battle to be registered as father

Ruling in Freddy McConnell case is first legal definition of a mother in English common law.

Full story: The Guardian

Cafcass has 'not acted on any IRO referrals'

Court advisory service Cafcass has not brought any legal proceedings on behalf of children in care despite referrals from independent reviewing officers (IROs) over the last decade, according to data obtained by campaigners.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Child Maintenance Service statistics: data to June 2019 (experimental)

Quarterly experimental statistics on the Child Maintenance Service, data to June 2019.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Two-thirds of divorce clients pay fixed fees

Almost two-thirds of divorce and separation clients now pay fixed fees, but less than half of them end up paying the price quoted at the start, a report has found.

Full story: Legal Futures

Family judges must justify delaying final decisions – Court of Appeal

Judges have been warned by the Court of Appeal not to adjourn final decisions in family cases simply to 'press the pause button'.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Supreme Court judgment in deprivation of liberty case to be promulgated on 26 September

16-year-old lacked capacity to make decisions about his residence and care.

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Contacts to NSPCC helpline rise 12 per cent

The NSPCC helpline received nearly 73,000 calls and emails from adults worried about a child in 2018/2019 – and referred almost half on to other agencies including the police and social services.

Full story: Family Law Week

Register our Marriage campaigns for equality for unregistered faith marriages

In an article on the Law Society's website, Siddique Patel, a solicitor at Shoosmiths specialising in Islamic family law, discusses the Register our Marriage campaign for equality for faith marriages.

Full story: Family Law Week

New funding to protect child abuse victims and track down offenders

A £30 million funding boost will equip law enforcement with pioneering new tech and capabilities to track down more paedophiles operating online and safeguard children who have been abused, the government has announced.

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Tory MP refuses to say if domestic abuse bill will ban cross-examination of victims

Victoria Atkins fails to confirm that new bill will contain key measure in original proposal.

Full story: The Guardian

First domestic abuse commissioner for England and Wales revealed

The first domestic abuse commissioner for England and Wales is "relieved" the prime minister has pledged to re-introduce a new law on the issue.

Full story: BBC News

Paralegal’s contempt conviction found to be ‘manifestly unfair’

Judges in the Court of Appeal have quashed a paralegal’s conviction for contempt after finding significant procedural mistakes in how the case was handled.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

6,000 became homeless in three months following domestic abuse

Women’s Aid publishes No Woman Turned Away report 2019.

Full story: Family Law Week

Support for family and friends carers looking after children

Research briefing financial and other help available.

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Annual CPS Violence against Women and Girls report published

Latest figures on prosecutions involving Violence against Women and Girls have been released by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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

New applications down in each of the last ten months.

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New private law cases received by Cafcass in August decreased by 3 per cent year-on-year

Cafcass received a total of 3,817 new private law cases in August – 3.3 per cent (131 cases) lower than the same month last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

Johnson pledges to reintroduce domestic abuse legislation

Boris Johnson has responded to pressure from women's groups and confirmed that he will reintroduce legislation to protect the estimated two million people who suffer domestic abuse a year.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Population estimates by marital status and living arrangements, England and Wales: 2018

Annual estimates of population by legal marital status and cohabitation status by age and sex for England and Wales.

Full story: Office for National Statistics

Domestic violence murders surge to five-year high

The number of people killed as a result of domestic violence in the UK is at its highest level in five years.

Full story: BBC News

Five-year-old girl on life support would oppose its removal, family say

Tafida Raqeeb’s mother tells high court daughter would like to live whatever her condition because of her ‘Islamic values’

Full story: The Guardian

The women who end up homeless after fleeing violence

Thousands of women in England are fleeing domestic abuse only to find themselves homeless, government figures show.

Full story: BBC News

Non-disclosing husband fails in challenge to Court of Appeal

A husband who failed to disclose all of his assets has failed in his appeal to set aside an order.

Full story: Family Law

Justice bills fall overnight as parliament shuts down

Legislation covering divorce and domestic abuse was killed off in the early hours of this morning as parliament was closed for five weeks.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Jo Edwards responds to news that Divorce Bill will be dropped

The former Lord Chancellor, David Gauke, has today tweeted “Disappointed that the suspension of Parliament means that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill has been dropped."

Full story: Resolution

104 new Family Recorders appointed

159 new Recorders appointed.

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Commons debates EU settlement scheme in relation to looked after children and care leavers

Commons Library publishes information pack.

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Court rejects bid to stop Muslim family representing sick girl

An NHS trust has been criticised for arguing that the family of a seriously ill five-year-old girl are incapable of acting in her best interests because of their Islamic religious beliefs.

Full story: The Guardian

Domestic abuse proposals expected to be revived in Queen’s Speech, MPs hear

New proposals to protect domestic abuse survivors are expected to be “revived very quickly” in the new parliamentary session, a Cabinet minister has said.

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Nagalro raises concern about Cafcass undermining the role of Children’s Guardians

Nagalro is concerned that Cafcass public statements have disseminated inaccurate information on its website, which appear to dilute the role of the Children's Guardian and minimise their legal obligations.

Full story: Family Law Week

Civil Justice Council launches consultation on vulnerable witnesses and parties in civil proceedings

The Civil Justice Council has launched a consultation on its report and recommendations for change in respect of vulnerable witnesses and parties in civil proceedings.

Full story: Family Law Week

Doctors can perform C-section if woman loses mental capacity, judge rules

Ruling comes despite woman, who has bipolar disorder, saying she does not want procedure.

Full story: The Guardian

The High Court appoints a new Family Division Judge

The Judicial Appointments Commission announced that seven top barristers make the step up from bar to bench.

Full story: Family Law

Jacky Tiotto joins Cafcass as new Chief Executive

Today Cafcass (the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) welcomes Jacky Tiotto as its new Chief Executive.

Full story: Family Law Week