Cafcass, the family court and divorce: The last week in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | April 30, 2014

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (‘Cafcass’) has received an overall judgement of ‘good’ from Ofsted. In its report Ofsted found the leadership and governance of the organisation to be ‘outstanding’ and that this has led to a wholesale transformation in organisational culture, radically improving the services children and families receive. It […]

Reform, reform: The last week in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | April 24, 2014

The Ministry of Justice has asked the Family Justice Council to take forward the Law Commission’s recommendation to clarify the law of “financial needs” on divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership. The new guidance is to be published later in the year. Justice Minister Simon Hughes said: “We want separating couples to have the […]

Figures, adoption and reform: The last week in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | April 16, 2014

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (‘Cafcass’) has released its latest figures for care applications and private law demand. During March 2014 Cafcass received a total of 910 care applications. This figure represents a 3% decrease compared to those received in March 2013. As to private law demand, Cafcass received a total of […]

A conscious uncoupling or a plain old divorce?

General | April 10, 2014

Here at PFL, we’re not sure that the general public feel that sympathetic when a celebrity couple separate. So when Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their split last week, we noticed that social media, online news sites, and other law-focused bloggers were all of a flurry; but it wasn’t top of the conversation topics […]

A law with two definitions

General | April 7, 2014

Weddings don’t often happen just after zero hundred hours. But the weekend of the 29th March was somewhat exceptional. Couples in Islington, Brighton, Northampton and beyond were poised for the last chime of midnight. At that moment, gay marriage became legal and they were to be its first proponents. There are some truly heart-warming images […]

Legal Aid: The least glamorous arm of the welfare state

General | April 4, 2014

The legal profession is not known for its activism. Rather the general populous assumes that its members are conservative by nature and disinclined towards radical change. So when a former Conservative MP, turned member of the Bar Sir Ivan Lawrence QC, tells a thousand-strong demonstration by barristers and solicitors that he is ashamed of the […]