Family Law (2 July - 16 July)

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Courts Service to up the ante on digital divorce and probate

Legal Features – 16 July

According to HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), the next step for modernising the courts is to provide digital services for civil money claims under £10,000, divorce and probate. Further digitisation plans include digital summons for jurors and expanding the ‘Single Justice Service’ to include TV licensing prosecutions.

Vulnerable children at risk due to social care 'postcode lottery', MPs warn

Cypnow – 11 July

A report conducted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children (APPGC) has raised concerns over the varied support offered to children at risk, depending on which council they come under. According to the report, the level of need a child has to reach to access support differs from county to county, creating a postcode lottery in children’s social care.

Two million children growing up in families where there are serious risks, says Children’s Commissioner

Family Law Week – 6 July

Anne Longfield, the Children's Commissioner for England has released a study revealing that ‘over two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks.’ Such risks include having parents with serious mental health issues, domestic violence, substance abuse and children living in material deprivation.

There is a newly recorded case of FGM in the UK every two hours

Barnardo’s – 6 July

The latest NHS statistics reveal that a new case of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is recorded every two hours in the UK. Last year, 6,195 women and girls were treated for FGM. The most common age for it be discovered is when the woman is aged 25-40 following a medical examination. Of those 6,195 women, 85 cases of FGM took place in the UK.

Legal aid applications via the domestic violence gateway are up 21%

Marilyn Stowe Blog – 3 July

The latest legal aid statistics by the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Aid Agency have revealed a 21% increase in the number of applications for legal aid via the domestic violence and child abuse gateway in the last year. John Bolch attributes this increase to the relaxation of evidence requirements in January 2018, and suggests that a number of applicants may be falsely claiming domestic or child abuse in order to receive legal aid funding.

Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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