Private Members’ Bill aims to improve Child Maintenance Service
Marilyn Stowe Blog – 15 November
A private member’s bill, Child Maintenance (Assessment of Parents’ Income) Bill 2017-19 has had its first reading in the House of Commons. The proposed bill aims to improve child maintenance service by targeting ‘non-resident parents (‘NRP’s) who seek to evade their child maintenance liability by hiding behind self-employed status.’
Improving access to social housing for victims of domestic abuse
Family Law Week – 12 November
Statutory guidance has been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to help improve access to social housing for victims of domestic abuse. The guidance includes priority for social housing and supporting victims in existing homes.
New report illustrates increasing challenges faced by children and families in an era of austerity
Family Law Week – 11 November
Safeguarding Pressures research by the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) demonstrates the increasing pressures put on local authorities and the growing challenges faced by children and families. The report includes data collected over ten years and a survey that covers 95% of all children in the UK.
Litigants in person are not entitled to special privileges
Marilyn Stowe Blog – 7 November
John Bolch discusses litigants in person (LiPs) in relation to a recent Court of Appeal case which confirmed they are not entitled to any special privileges. In the judgment, Lord Justice Irwin cited the decreased availability of legal aid but stated: ‘While litigants in person will always attract the assistance of the court, they are not and cannot be a privileged class’.