UK government to launch consultation on no-fault divorces
The Guardian – 7 September
The government is preparing to launch a consultation on introducing ‘no fault divorces’, following a backlash over the recent case of Owens vs Owens, where Tini Owens was denied the divorce she wanted. Currently, divorce may only be granted if both parties agree, or if a party can prove their partner is at fault through adultery, desertion or unreasonable behaviour. The consultation is expected to be published in the coming months.
Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill would weaken DOLS: Law Society
Family Law Week – 7 September
The Law Society has argued that the proposed statutory scheme in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill may ‘weaken important safeguards provided under the existing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards scheme.’ The Society argues that the Bill does not have sufficient safeguards to protect those it would affect.
Scotland set to become first UK country to ban smacking
Cypnow – 6 September
Scotland has introduced the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill and, if the Bill is approved, will be the first country in the UK to ban parents from smacking their children. The Bill has the backing of the Scottish Government and the NSPCC, among other children’s charities.
Four in 10 childcare providers 'fear closure within 12 months'
Cypnow – 4 September
According to a survey by the Pre-school Learning Alliance, 42% of the 1,600 nurseries, pre-schools and childminders that responded claimed there was a chance they would have to close in the next academic year. The 30-hour childcare initiative and a lack of government funding have been cited as contributing factors.
Denying widow's allowance to unmarried mother ruled illegal
The Guardian – 30 August
In a landmark case, the Supreme Court has ruled that it was illegal for an unmarried mother from Northern Ireland to be denied the widow’s allowance after her husband passed away in 2014. This decision is likely to affect thousands of cohabiting couples across the UK and is a big step towards extending their current rights.