Family Law (18 June - 2 July)

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Childminders leave sector at rate of six-a-day

Cypnow – 27 June

Between December 2017 and March 2018, an average of six childminders left the sector per day. In the past six years, there has been a 27% decrease in the workforce. Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (Pacey) chief executive Liz Bayram has called for action to address the issue, particularly at a time when the government is trying to expand current childcare offers.

Ban on heterosexual civil partnerships in UK ruled discriminatory

The Guardian – 27 June

In a recent court case involving Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, the Supreme Court has ruled that banning heterosexual couples from civil partnerships is discriminatory. Conservative MP, Tim Loughton, has submitted a private member’s bill which would commit the government to investigating the different types of civil partnership.

Can you make a financial claim 26 years after the divorce?

Marilyn Stowe Blog – 25 June

John Bolch discusses the case of A vs B [2018] EWFC 45, whereby a husband has made a financial claim 26 years after he and his former-wife divorced. However, despite there being no time limit on making a financial claim after divorce, the court rejected the claim, stating that the wife had made sufficient provisions for him and their two children whilst they were minors.

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court National Unit set to close from end of September

Family Law Week – 24 June

At the end of September 2018, the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) National Unit will close, with Sir James Munby putting partial blame on the government’s ‘failure of imagination’. The ten FDAC’s that are currently operating will continue to do so.

First forced marriage protection order for teenage boy

Family Law Week – 22 June

The first forced marriage protection order for a male victim has been obtained by South Yorkshire Police. Officers have now put safeguarding measures in place to protect the teenage boy and his three younger brothers. The teenager had previously received threats after not complying to a pre-arranged marriage.

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