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    A week in family law: domestic abuse, divorce centres, transparency and child maintenance

    A week in family law from John Bolch, This week it is all about domestic abuse, divorce centres, transparency and child maintenance. Domestic abuse prosecutions down A bulletin containing prosecution data for quarter 2 2019-2020 has been published by the Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’). In relation to domestic abuse, the data shows that the total […] More

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    A week in family law: domestic abuse, child support and divorce

    This week in family law, John Bolch looks at domestic abuse, child support and divorce. Domestic abuse prosecutions A joint report published by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services has concluded that the handling of evidence led domestic abuse prosecutions (i.e. where the victim […] More

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    A week in family law: stalking, Cafcass figures and parental alienation

    A week in family law: Stalking protection orders As I reported here in this post, new Stalking Protection Orders (‘SPOs’) have now come into force. According to the Home Office, SPOs will allow courts in England and Wales to move quicker to ban stalkers from contacting victims or visiting their home, place of work or […] More

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    Family law stories: troubled families, divorce and… not divorce

    Just two ‘real’ family law stories this week, although one of them was a biggie. More funding for troubled families Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced that families with deep-rooted problems will receive support to get their lives back on track, with up to £165 million of new funding. The funding for the Troubled […] More

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    The President’s view of the current state of family justice

    The current state of family justice In December we were treated to the latest edition of the View from The President’s Chambers, the regular(ish) update on the state of family justice from the President of the Family Division, currently Sir Andrew McFarlane (I put it that way as the View was originated by Sir Andrew’s […] More

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    A holiday season in family law: legal aid cuts, domestic violence deaths and civil partnerships for all

    Peace on Earth, but not for family law One might reasonably expect the holiday season in family law to provide some much-needed relief from the continual torrent of family law news. However, anyone with such an expectation will have been sorely disappointed this holiday season just gone. Three major stories broke between Christmas and the […] More

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    Family law statistics round up a week in family law for 2019

    Family law statistics: As I reported here, the Ministry of Justice has published quarterly statistics on the work of the Family Court, for July to September 2019. The highlights included that the statistics showed an increase in the number of cases starting and an increase in the number of cases disposed of in the family […] More

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    McKenzie Friends: Study highlights the perils of unqualified advice

    McKenzie friends Biased advice  As I mentioned here on Friday, Dr Tatiana Tkacukova, Senior Lecturer in English Language at Birmingham City University and Professor Hilary Sommerlad, Leeds Law School, have carried out a study assessing the quality of advice handed out by advisors on online forums and social media platforms. It does not make particularly happy reading, finding “that online advisors […] More