Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 7

Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Joint Head of Coram Chambers, Mark Twomey QC/

Podcast: Family Law Week

Civil partnerships: First mixed-sex unions to take place

Thousands of heterosexual couples in England and Wales are expected to enter into civil partnerships later today.

Full story: BBC News

Sir Andrew McFarlane: View from The President’s Chambers, December 2019

The unremitting pressure of work in the Family Court.

Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Legal aid statistics quarterly: July to September 2019

Activity in the legal aid system for England and Wales, including criminal and civil legal aid, family mediation, providers of legal aid, client characteristics and Central Funds payments.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Family's legal fight against hospital over brain injury baby

The father of a brain-damaged baby boy has urged a hospital not to "rush" a decision to end his life support.

Full story: BBC News

Child Maintenance Service statistics: data to September 2019

Quarterly experimental statistics on the Child Maintenance Service to September 2019.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Domestic abuse charity forced to add more staff and volunteers over festive season

A domestic abuse charity is being forced to bring in more staff and volunteers over the festive season to keep up with soaring helpline calls – with more than 600 call-ins predicted this Christmas.

Full story: Care Appointments

New care applications received by Cafcass fell 9 per cent in November

Cafcass received a total of 1,095 (involving 1,698 children) new care applications in November – 107 applications (8.9 per cent) fewer than in the same month last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

New private law cases received by Cafcass in November about the same as a year ago

Cafcass received a total of 4,051 new private law cases (involving 5,253 children) in October – less than 1 per cent (or 34 cases) higher than the same month last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

Social Work and Human Rights guides launched by BASW

Publications mark Human Rights Day on 10th December 2019.

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Family Court Statistics Quarterly: July to September 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

Guidance on removing newborns planned to tackle inconsistent practice and legal knowledge gaps

Experts to develop guidelines for social workers and health professionals after reviews find problems with shortened pre-birth assessments and failures to follow due process.

Full story: Community Care

McKenzie Friends giving “biased and misleading” online advice

McKenzie Friends are giving “biased and misleading” advice to vulnerable family litigants, an academic study of online posts has found.

Full story: Legal Futures

Forum shopping in spotlight as divorce battle reaches Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is preparing to hear a divorce case that could have significant implications for the controversial practice of forum shopping.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Baby P’s mother to remain in jail following latest review by Parole Board

The mother of Baby P, who died after months of abuse, should stay in jail, the Parole Board has decided.

Full story: Care Appointments

Domestic abuse survivors twice at risk of long-term illnesses

Study by the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick published.

Full story: Family Law Week

Transparency order templates

The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has published the following templates for the benefit of the judges and practitioners who will be making the template orders.

Full story: Family Law Week

Police mailbox for family court protection orders abandoned

A mailbox set up to inform police of protection orders made against forced marriage and female genital mutilation was abandoned after a year due to a lack of resources.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 5

Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Anarkali Musgrave.

Podcast: Family Law Week

140 children’s organisations urge political leaders to solve social problems that leave children ‘scarred for life’

Over 140 children's organisations have called on political leaders to set out their solutions to the social problems that "can leave millions of children scarred for life, including child poverty, mental health, domestic abuse and serious youth violence".

Full story: Family Law Week

European Parliament adopts resolution assessing the many challenges children and youth face

Following the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution, assessing the many challenges that children and youth face today.

Full story: Family Law Week