Weekly Family Law Update October 30, 2020

Courts crisis, economic abuse and state pensions

President warns of crisis in family courts The President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane has warned that the crisis in the family courts due to their high caseload were not going away, and are getting worse. Speaking at a meeting of the Family Justice Council, whose primary role is to promote an inter-disciplinary […]

Weekly Family Law Update October 24, 2020

A barrister prohibited from acting, remote hearing success and the latest Cafcass figures

Barrister prohibited from acting in children case The High Court has dismissed an appeal by a father involved in proceedings concerning arrangements for his daughter, against an order prohibiting his barrister from accepting further instructions from him in those proceedings.  The court had made the order because of acrimony between the barrister and the mother, […]

Weekly Family Law Update October 14, 2020

Child maintenance, an unprecedented application, a new FDAC and more

Child Maintenance Service statistics The Department for Work and Pensions (‘DWP’) has published the latest statistics for the Child Maintenance Service (‘CMS’), for the quarter to June 2020. The statistics show that there are now 741,200 children covered by CMS arrangements, 474,700 through Direct Pay arrangements (where the CMS calculates the amount of maintenance to […]