Divorce costs £3,800 a year in retirement income, says Prudential
Family Law Week – 23 February
According to Prudential, divorcees planning to retire in 2018 can expect to receive £3,800 less per year than those who have never been through a divorce. Divorcee’s receive an average of £17,600 compared to the average of £21,400 for others.
Alfie Evans: Appeal against ending life support
BBC News – 22 February
The parents of a critically ill child are appealing against a High Court ruling that doctors should take the 21-month old off life-support. Mr Justice Anthony Hayden has claimed that sufficient medical evidence was provided to prove that further treatment would be ‘futile’, whereas the boys father, Tom Evans, has stated that his son ‘has been sentenced to the death penalty’.
Domestic abuse: Guidelines recommend tougher sentences
BBC News – 22 February
The Sentencing Council has released new guidelines on domestic abuse offences, and the recommended punishments offenders will receive. One of the big differences between these guidelines and the previous guidelines issued 12 years ago, is the recognition of threats on social media and other technology platforms as forms of abuse.
Children's social workers 'face suspension without hearing' under regulator plans
Cypnow – 21 February
Draft regulations, which could come into place in September, could put social workers at risk of suspension without a hearing, according to Nagalro. Currently, there is a formal disciplinary process and an urgent hearing will occur to see whether there are grounds for dismissal. Nagalro has argued that these new proposed procedures are a breach of social workers’ human rights.
Guidance to family courts: payment for intermediaries and intermediary assessments
Family Law Week – 16 February
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has released internal staff guidelines on the payment of intermediaries and intermediary assessments. HM Courts & Tribunals Service can provide the funding if no other means of funding is available and if the court orders that an intermediary is necessary.
MoJ 'on track' to hit youth custody staff recruitment target
Cypnow – 16 February
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that they are ‘on track’ to meet their recruitment target by the end of the year. They launched a campaign to recruit a further 2,500 prison officers – including a 20% increase in the number of staff at young offender institutions (YOIs). So far, nearly 2,000 prison officers have been recruited.
More than 1,000 driving bans given to children
BBC News – 15 February
DVLA figures have revealed that 1,024 children between the ages of 12 and 16 were given driving bans last year, compared to 696 in 2014. This comes months after a 15-year-old boy was detained for killing five people when he crashed a car he was driving illegally. According to the RAC, these figures do not tell the whole story, and a reduction in roads policing officers has made the offence easier to get away with.
Supreme Court ponders child abduction principles
Marilyn Stowe Blog – 14 February
Marilyn Stowe reports on the Supreme Court decision to overturn the Court of Appeal on a case of child abduction and examines this in relation to the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention. In this case the mother took her children to the UK for an extended visit, with the father’s permission, but then applied for British citizenship for the children with plans to remain in the UK without notifying the father.