Family Law (3 December – 17 December)

Family News

Extra SEND funding insufficient, warn children’s services leaders

Cypnow – 17 December

Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, has announced that £250 million of addition funds will be given to councils to help fund SEND support. However, children’s services leaders have claimed the funds will not be enough to avert the current ‘schools cash crisis’.

Restore legal aid for separating couples, MoJ urged

The Law Society Gazette – 11 December

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been urged to restore legal aid for separating couples, so that they can receive early advice and understand their financial responsibilities to each other and any children. Early advice can save time and money in family cases, such as divorce.

DfE announces drive to place more looked-after children in boarding schools

Cypnow – 5 December

The Department for Education has announced that a new government drive will mean more children in care are offered places at boarding schools. Hubs connecting social workers and local authorities with independent and boarding schools will be established next year.

Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018

Family Law Week – 5 December

The Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018 came into force on 13 December 2018 and includes amendments to the Child Support Fees Regulations 2014 and the Child Support (Collection and Enforcement) Regulations 1992.

A rare case of a father’s parental responsibility being removed

Marilyn Stowe Blog – 4 December

John Bolch discusses the case of C v D & Another where it was decided that parental responsibility should be removed from the father in the case. In an unusual judgment, the father’s parental responsibility was removed because he had ‘repeatedly obstructed her (the mother’s) efforts to ensure the child received the medical and educational support he required’.