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Family Law (2 August – 16 August)

Family News

Stepsister wins legal battle over which parent died first

The Guardian – 13 August

A recent inheritance dispute between two stepsisters went to the High Court, where it was decided that, despite pathology reports, it could not be proved which parent died first. The husband and wife in question died of hypothermia three years ago, and the entitlement to their jointly owned estate depended on the sequence of their deaths.

Child-parent abuse doubled in three years, according to police records

Family Law Week – 11 August

The number of reported crimes involving children attacking parents has doubled in the past three years, according to a recent BBC News report. The total of reported incidents rose from 7,224 in 2015 to 14,133 in 2018.

DfE names councils to receive family support funds

Cypnow – 9 August

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that a total of 39 councils will receive a share of £15.5 million as part of the DfE's Supporting Families; Investing in Practice programme. Family drug and alcohol courts (FDACs) and family group conferencing services will be launched in 15 new areas and innovations at existing sites will be tested to see if further improvements can be made.

Looking at proposed amendments to the Divorce Bill

Marilyn Stowe Blog – 5 August

The Government’s new Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill is due to have its third reading and report stage. John Bolch discusses the proposed amends to the Bill – there are currently 19 proposed amends to existing clauses, and four new clauses to be considered.

Number of older children going into care is damaging stability of the system

Family Law Week – 4 August

The 2019 Stability Index, an annual measure of the stability of the lives of children in care in England, has revealed a growing share of older children and teenage care entrants. The number of teenagers in care rose by 21 per cent between 2012/13 and 2017/18, and the number of over-16s entering care rose by 25% during the same period.

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