Family Law (16 April - 30 April)

Family News

Parental conflict initiative to be trialled in 30 areas

Cypnow – 27 April

The government has confirmed that a £39 million programme will be trialled in 30 council areas in order to try and reduce conflict between parents in disadvantaged families. Local authorities will be responsible for identifying and referring families who could benefit from additional support.

Revised protocol published for referrals of families to child contact centres by judges and magistrates

Family Law Week – 27 April

The protocol to assist judges and magistrates in making orders referring families to Child Contact Centres has been revised to take into account recent changes to the Family Justice System. Family Law Week provide a link to the up-to-date version.

Alfie Evans' parents lose legal appeal for Vatican treatment

The Guardian – 24 April

After the appeal to the High Court was turned down, Alfie Evans’ life support was withdrawn on Monday 23 April. In a last attempt to continue treatment for their son, Tom Evans and Kate James were involved in an emergency High Court hearing to allow them to fly their son to the Vatican City for treatment. Mr Justice Hayden decided against the appeal and the parents were told to create a palliative care plan for Alfie.

Divorce should be done online in 'one stop shop', says President of Supreme Court

The Telegraph – 23 April

Baroness Hale of Richmond, the President of the Supreme Court, has argued that blame should be taken out of divorce proceedings, and that the current system increases conflict between couples. Lady Hale has suggested reducing the paperwork to one form, making the process less complicated for all involved.

Government to boost support for children of alcoholics

Cypnow – 23 April

The Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Work and Pensions have been given £5.5 million to invest in improving the lives of children who live with alcoholic parents. The money will be split between local authorities and voluntary sector organisations and is the first programme of its kind.

22-year-old becomes first woman convicted of coercive behaviour

Marilyn Stowe Blog – 17 April

A 22-year-old is the first woman to be convicted of coercive behaviour and given a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence, after her boyfriend was taken to hospital with scalding injuries. He had also suffered repeated physical and non-physical abuse during their relationship. The Serious Crime Act 2015 made coercive behaviour a crime for the first time.

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