Forced marriage, FDACs and guidance for parents: The last week in family law

Uncategorized | July 5, 2018

Statistics on the performance of the Child Maintenance Service between August 2013 and March 2018 have been published. The statistics show that 601,600 children were covered by Child Maintenance Service arrangements as at March, 391,300 through ‘Direct Pay’ arrangements where the parents arrange the payments between themselves, and 210,300 through ‘Collect & Pay’, whereby the […]

Courts, adoptions, and Cafcass figures: The last week in family law

Uncategorized | May 17, 2018

A report into the progress of the £1 billion modernisation programme of the UK’s justice system has been published by the National Audit Office. The report concludes that HM Courts and Tribunals Service is facing “a daunting challenge in delivering the scale of technological and cultural change necessary to modernise the administration of justice, and […]

Divorce, financial needs and legal aid: The last week in family law

Uncategorized | May 2, 2018

Enabling people to apply for a divorce online could eliminate up to 13,000 hours of time spent by court staff checking divorce petitions, according to a senior civil servant who was responsible for several family justice reforms. Adam Lennon, head of family modernisation and improvement at HM Courts & Tribunals Service, told a Westminster Legal […]

Legal aid, pensions and divorce: The last week in family law

Uncategorized | April 25, 2018

The Ministry of Justice has suggested that its long-awaited report reviewing the effects of the legal aid cuts of 2013 may not be published this year. Speaking at an all-party parliamentary group on legal aid Matthew Shelley, a deputy director at the Ministry of Justice, said that his team will aim to finalise its ‘staff […]

Court and legal aid statistics, an inheritance claim and domestic abuse: The last two weeks in family law

Uncategorized | April 12, 2018

The application by the parents of Alfie Evans to the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECHR’) has been declared inadmissible. Alfie has been on ventilation in hospital after becoming seriously ill with a catastrophic and untreatable neurodegenerative condition. His parents were seeking to overturn a decision that the NHS Trust may withdraw life-support from Alfie. […]

Reform, contact and refuges: The last week in family law

Uncategorized | April 4, 2018

The Supreme Court has refused permission for the parents of Alfie Evans, the 22 month-old boy who has a degenerative neurological condition, to appeal to the Court against the decision that the NHS Trust may withdraw life-support from Alfie. A panel of Supreme Court justices headed by the President Lady Hale found that the proposed […]