Family Law (29 April – 13 May)

Family News

Council halt plans to take children from couple who displayed gender identity issues

Care Appointments – 9 May

Plans for Lancashire County Council to take children from a foster couple, following gender identity issues, have been stopped. There were concerns that the couple ‘acted in a precipitate manner in relation to perceived gender dysphoria’. Mr Justice Williams stated that any concerns had been dispelled, and acknowledged that issues relating to gender identity were ‘complex’.

Solicitor MP decries no-fault divorce and warns of spike

The Law Society Gazette – 6 May

Fiona Bruce, solicitor and Conservative MP, has spoken out against the prevailing opinion that no-fault divorce will ‘reduce family conflict and acrimony’. Bruce warns of a spike in divorce numbers and states that ‘the bigger source of contention [in divorce] is not fault but finance.’

Children's services 'at breaking point', MPs say

BBC News – 1 May

MPs have stated that children’s services are at ‘breaking point’ following budget cuts of 29% over the past nine years. A report from the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has said that current funding levels are unsustainable, and a £3.1 billion funding boost is needed by 2025.

A call for cohabitation reform

Marilyn Stowe Blog – 30 April

Sushma Kotecha discusses the lack of cohabitation law in England, and the false impressions many people have surrounding the matter. A recent surveyed revealed that 46% of us believe that cohabiting couples form a common law marriage, and there have been calls for this to become the case.

‘Expert witness pay freeze endangers most vulnerable children,’ says Nagalro

Family Law Week – 29 April

Nagalro, the professional association for Family Court Advisers, Children's Guardians and Independent Social Workers, has issued a press release following publication of an updated version of the Guidance on the Remuneration of Expert Witnesses. The Guidance fixes the payments which can be made by the Legal Aid Agency where experts prepare reports for the court.

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