1,409 same-gender marriages between 29 March and 30 June 2014

ONS publishes first same-gender marriage statistics.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children in care total rises 12% in four years

Figures show more than 68,000 taken in by social services, with 42,000 having suffered abuse or neglect.

Full story: The Guardian

What’s happened since the Family Justice Review: a brighter future for family justice

This update from the government, along with a guide written for young people, sets out the progress made since the family justice review was published in 2011.

Full story: MoJ and DfE

More free mediation sessions for separating couples

Couples should avoid confrontational courtroom battles and use mediation as more free sessions will be funded by Government, Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Councils do not know extent of child neglect in their area

Sixty percent of English local authorities do not know how many children in their area are likely to suffer from neglect, according to new research.

Full story: Action for Children

Domestic abuse crime considered by ministers

A new crime of domestic abuse could be created under plans being considered by ministers.

Full story: BBC News

Number of adoptions increases

The number of children placed for adoption has risen by 14 per cent over the last year, according to latest government figures.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

David Cameron says policies must pass 'family test'

All government policies will have to pass a "family test", David Cameron is expected to say in a speech later.

Full story: BBC News
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MAP v RAP [2013] EWHC 4784 (Fam) (03 December 2013)

Application for permission to appeal financial remedies consent order, primarily based upon issue of the wife's capacity.

Full report: Bailii

Re B (Children: Long-Term Foster Care) [2014] EWCA Civ 1172 (14 August 2014)

Care proceedings – Care orders – Evidence of mother’s relationship with a man who had criminal convictions – Evaluation of the evidence – Analysis of the mother’s response – Whether the judge’ analysis had been sufficient.

Full report: Family Law

O (Minors) [2013] EWHC B44 (Fam) (11 November 2013)

Application for care orders in respect of 2 children of Brazilian parents. Application dismissed on the basis that the mother may have unconsciously injured one of them while having an epileptic fit.

Full report: Bailii

K and D (Children - Care Proceedings - Separation of Siblings) [2014] EWFC B104 (14 August 2014)

Care proceedings concerning 2 children, in which the local authority’s final care plan for one is that she should remain with her current foster carers and for the other is that he should be placed for adoption.

Full report: Bailii

The Public Guardian v AW & Anor (Application to revoke Lasting Power of Attorney) [2014] EWCOP 28 (20 August 2014)

Application by the Public Guardian to revoke and cancel the registration of a Lasting Power of Attorney.

Full report: Bailii
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Civil partnerships and equal marriage: the current position

Hannah Saxe of Irwin Motchell looks at the current state of the law.

Full article: Family Law

Judicially approved voyeurism

Once upon a time, we were able to say to our clients - with a degree of confidence - that their laundry, dirty or otherwise, would be safe with us.

Full article: Family Law

Court of Protection Update (August 2014)

In this update Sally Bradley and Julia Townend, barristers of 4 Paper Buildings, focus on developments in the law concerning capacity to consent to sexual relations.

Full article: Family Law Week
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“I need not descend into detail”

So said the original trial judge in Re B (Children : Long Term Foster Care ) 2014.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Consulatation: Fairness, law and the administrative process

Fairness and family law reform.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Family court consultation: Fig-leaves and Freudian slips

Consultation: the deluge and some dates.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

‘Transparency’: Not all about children: publicity after Cooper-Hohn

Case management, publicity and Cooper-Hohn v Hohn.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Hashtag keepitoutofcourt

I’ve noticed that the MoJ twitter account has a fondness for the hashtag #keepitoutofcourt.

Full post: Pink Tape
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Alere Toxicology provides hair testing for drug and alcohol abuse



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