FGM, children cases, statistics and more

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December 15, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Statistics regarding the incidence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in England, for the period from July to September 2017, have been published by the NHS. During that period there were 1,760 individual women and girls who had an attendance where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken….

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Domestic abuse, cohabitation awareness and more

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December 1, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Chancellor of the Exchequer has given divorcing couples relief from higher rates of stamp duty, in his Autumn Budget. The higher rates, which imposed a 3 per cent surcharge on those buying properties in addition to their main home, were introduced to crack down on the buy-to-let market. While…

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Care cases, an international divorce, and more

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November 17, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law A local authority involved in a child guardianship case can be identified, a judge has ordered. In the case none of the parties involved were originally identified, but the child’s grandmother, in favour of whom Circuit Judge Stephen Wildblood QC had made a special guardianship order, wanted to make a…

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Online divorce, no-fault divorce, and more

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November 3, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law The Justice Minister Dominic Raab has written to the Law Commission to say that it’s not the right time for a full review of marriage law, but the government hasn’t ruled out further work in the future. In December 2015 a scoping report from the Commission identified issues with the…

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Children statistics, divorce statistics and more

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October 20, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for September 2017, and the news was once again mixed. In that month the service received a total of 1,109 care applications, which is a significant 10% decrease compared with those received in September 2016, giving further…

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MIAMs, a domestic violence register and more

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October 6, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law I was grimly amused when I read the latest legal aid statistics, for the quarter April to June 2017, which show that the number of Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) in that period was down by 11 per cent compared to the previous year. The figure currently stands at…

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Cafcass figures, McKenzie friends, and more

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September 22, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for August 2017, and the news was again mixed. In that month the service received a total of 1,241 care applications, which is a 1.5 per cent decrease compared with those received in August 2016, giving further…

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An annual report, a transgender child, and more

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September 15, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law In his final annual report before retirement, the Lord Chief Justice reviewed developments in family justice over the year. Of the sustained increase in public law cases, coming at a time of static judicial resources, he says: “The President of the Family Division has described the situation as a crisis,…

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