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 […]

Coercive control, domestic abuse, and more: The last week in family law

General | March 6, 2019

A sick 13-month-old girl who was born with kidney failure should receive medical treatment against the wishes of her parents, the High Court has ruled. Specialists at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where the girl is being treated, said that her one chance for “ongoing survival” was hemodialysis, a process of purifying the blood of […]

A failed claim, single parents, Twitter appeal: The last week in family law

General | February 6, 2019

Husband who was seeking a lump sum payment or other capital provision from his ex-wife has failed in his claim. A new study has found that children’s wellbeing is not negatively affected by living in single parent households. A High Court judge has used Twitter to urge a mother who vanished with her three-year-old son to return home. And finally, The Independent has reported that the number of parents forced to represent themselves in child disputes in family courts has more than doubled in six years, as a result of the legal aid cuts in 2013.