Domestic abuse, harassing a judge, and a failed care appeal: The last week in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | June 5, 2019

A group of “concerned family and human rights lawyers” have written to David Gauke, the Justice Secretary, and Paul Maynard, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, asking for an independent inquiry into treatment of domestic abuse in the family courts. The group, who work in-house in women’s organisations, in private practice and at the Bar, […]

A new Cafcass Chief, a divorce referendum and forced marriage: The last week in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | May 29, 2019

Cafcass, the organisation that looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings, has announced that its new Chief Executive, to replace Anthony Douglas when he retires in the autumn, will be Jacky Tiotto. Ms Tiotto, who is currently Director of Children’s Services at the London Borough of Bexley, commented: “Being offered the opportunity […]

Children’s services, online courts and divorce reform: The last week in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | May 13, 2019

Children’s services in England are at ‘breaking point’, and need a £3.1 billion minimum funding boost by 2025, a report by the House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee into the funding of local authorities’ children’s services has found. The report said that as services tried to respond to growing demand amid severe […]

Child maintenance, divorce centres and more: The last two weeks in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | May 2, 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions (‘DWP’) has published statistics about the separated family population, to provide information on child maintenance arrangements between parents in separated families. The statistics, which are for the period April 2014 to March 2017, show that during that time there were around 2.5 million separated families in Great Britain, and […]

Children cases, new projects and outcomes for looked after children: The last week in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | April 17, 2019

The latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for March 2019, have been published by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (‘Cafcass’), the organisation that looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings. In that month the service received 1,117 new care applications. This is 9.9 per cent […]

All about statistics: The last week in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | April 8, 2019

The Office for National Statistics has published figures for the number of marriages that took place in England and Wales in 2106. Amongst the main points were that: there were 249,793 marriages in England and Wales, 1.7% more than in 2015, but 1.0% fewer than in 2014; that 97.2% of all marriages were between opposite-sex […]

Troubled families, co-parenting, stalking and a divorce error: The last week in family law

General | March 27, 2019

An evaluation of the Government’s Troubled Families Programme has shown that it has reduced the number of children in care. Troubled Families is a programme of targeted intervention for families with multiple problems, including crime, anti-social behaviour, truancy, unemployment, mental health problems and domestic abuse. Local authorities identify ‘troubled families’ in their area and usually […]