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Family Law

First steps in implementing same sex marriage

The first steps have been taken to implement the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, Justice Minister Lord McNally has announced.

Same sex marriage becomes law

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has now received Royal Assent and has officially become law.

Care cases diverted from court in Cafcass pilot

Skilled joint social work between Cafcass and local authorities can prevent the need for care proceedings, according to a recently published report.

Relationship status affects wellbeing

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recently published data and an analysis on the state of the country’s National Well-being.

Improving expert evidence in family courts

New national standards to raise the quality of experts used in family courts and get rid of time-consuming evidence which adds little value in helping judges reach a decision have been announced by the Government.

Together for years, but still classed as single

One in ten adults in Britain are in a relationship but not living with their partner - and most of those are incorrectly counted as single in official statistics, according to recently published research.

Family court statistics

The Ministry of Justice has published statistics on the type and volume of cases that were received and processed through the court system of England and Wales in the fourth quarter of 2012 (October to December).

New parental couples’ relationship programme

The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR) and Family Action are launching an innovative new “More than Mothering” programme to support couples as they resolve relationship issues that can affect their ability to parent their children effectively.

Reducing delays in family courts

New measures have been introduced to ensure child care cases are dealt with more quickly and effectively in family courts. This is so children and families are spared unnecessary delays and the cost to taxpayers is reduced.

Family Justice Board publishes action plan

The Family Justice Board has published details of the actions the Board and its partners will take to achieve the Government's vision of a family justice system that supports the delivery of the best possible outcomes for all children who come into contact with it.

Man wins equal pension benefits claim

Human rights organisation Liberty has helped a man win his legal battle to secure equal pension benefits for his civil partner.

Draft family justice legislation published

The Government has published draft legislation to implement its proposed changes to the family justice system following David Norgrove’s Family Justice Review.

Family justice modernisation proposals published

Mr Justice Ryder’s report into the modernisation of Family Justice has now been published.

Government confirms criminalisation of forced marriage

Forcing someone to marry will become a criminal offence in England and Wales, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

IFLA launches family arbitration scheme

A new arbitration scheme has been launched to enable family disputes to be resolved without going through a formal court process.

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