Family Law (14 June – 28 June)

Family News

Councils receive £1.5m to tackle childhood obesity

Cypnow – 25 June

Birmingham, Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Lewisham and Nottinghamshire councils have all been given a share of £1.5 million to try and tackle childhood obesity over the next three years. New programs that will be offered include health, food, nutrition and physical-activity focused apprenticeships and working with local restaurants and takeaways to incentivise them to offer healthier options.

Judges overturn 'forced abortion' ruling

BBC News – 24 June

A ruling heard in the Court of Protection last week has been overturned by the Court of Appeal, as three judges decide a mentally ill woman shouldn’t be forced to have an abortion. The woman in question is in her 20s, has the mental age of a child between the ages of six and nine, and is 22 weeks pregnant.

Financial Remedies Courts project extended to eight new zones

Family Law Week – 21 June

Mr Justice Mostyn has announced the successful extension of the Financial Remedies Courts (FRC) project from its single original pilot zone to eight new zones. The first FRC opened in Birmingham last year. According to Mostyn, the ‘aim in taking the Financial Remedies Court project forward is to ensure that cases are dealt with by ticketed judges who have a knowledge and experience of financial remedies work.’

Campaigners call for shared parenting presumption in the law

The Law Society Gazette – 17 June

A YouGov survey has suggested that the majority of the public believe there should be a presumption in law that children will spend roughly equal time with their parents following a separation or divorce. The survey excluded cases where there would be a proven risk to the child.

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill introduced

Family Law Week – 14 June

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill received its first reading on 13 June. The Bill will make ‘no fault’ divorce legal and remove the possibility of contesting the decision to divorce. One of the aims of the Bill is to reduce conflict between divorcing couples.

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