Family Law (16 July – 30 July)

Family News

Excluded pupils 'abandoned by education system'

Cypnow – 25 July

The education select committee has released a report stating too many children are being excluded and failing to receive the education they deserve. The report recommends that schools should have to publish more information about their exclusions and introduce measures to incentivise schools to be more inclusive.

Tini Owens loses Supreme Court divorce fight

BBC News – 25 July

The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the appeal of Tini Owens, a 68 -year-old woman who wants a divorce from her husband of 40 years, because she is unhappy. Her husband, Hugh, refused the divorce and as Tini cannot prove the marriage has broken down due to adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion, she has been denied a split. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has stated it is currently looking into possible reforms.

FGM Bill receives second reading

Family Law Week – 21 July

The Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill has received its second reading in the House of Lords, and will now proceed to committee. The amendment (if passed) will allow the courts to make interim care orders in child cases relating to FGM, under the Children Act 1989.

MPs cast severe doubt on court modernisation

Legal Features – 20 July

A number of MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have expressed their concerns over the ongoing court modernisation programme, claiming HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has not adequately considered impact on access to, and fairness of, the justice system with its plans. The overhaul is expected to take six years, but HMCTS are currently behind its predicted schedule.

New law designed to encourage first major reforms to divorce in 50 years

Family Law Week – 20 July

Draft legislation of a Divorce (etc) Law Review Bill has been introduced in the House of Lords. The bill encourages the government to make the first major divorce legislations in 50 years and requires them to ‘review the current law on divorce and civil partnership dissolution and to consider a proposal for a system of no-fault divorce.’

Compulsory relationships education to include mental health sessions

Cypnow – 19 July

The government has revealed that new classes entitled ‘Children Health education’ will cover mental health alongside relationships and sex education. Schools can begin the classes in September 2019 and they will become compulsory to teach in September 2020. The lessons are a result of the publication of the government's December 2017 green paper, Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health.

Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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