Emma Patey


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The Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) Order 2016 (SI 2016/917) 15 SEP 2016

The Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) Order 2016 (SI 2016/917)

The Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) Order 2016 was published on 12 September...

New study from Cafcass explores the impact of radicalisation on front-line practice 10 AUG 2016

New study from Cafcass explores the impact of radicalisation on front-line practice

A new study by Cafcass, published in June 2016, investigates the impact radicalisation in its...

Divorce fee increase ‘is unjustified’, says new Justice Select Committee report 20 JUN 2016

Divorce fee increase ‘is unjustified’, says new Justice Select Committee report

A new report published today (20 June 2016) by the Justice Select Committee (JSC) has criticised...

Seventeen per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in May 2016 14 JUN 2016

Seventeen per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in May 2016

Figures released by Cafcass show that, in May 2016, the number of private law cases...

Care applications received by Cafcass in May 2016 increase by 23% 14 JUN 2016

Care applications received by Cafcass in May 2016 increase by 23%

In May 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,141 care applications. This figure represents a 23%...

Female bench appointments sees gender diversity success 07 JUN 2016

Female bench appointments sees gender diversity success

A recent statistical bulletin published by the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) indicates...

Twenty-four per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in April 2016 12 MAY 2016

Twenty-four per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in April 2016

Figures released by Cafcass show that, in April 2016, the number of private law cases received...

Care applications received by Cafcass in April 2016 increase by 28% 12 MAY 2016

Care applications received by Cafcass in April 2016 increase by 28%

In April 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,221 care applications. This figure represents a 28%...

Separating couples find support in Divorce Diaries 05 APR 2016

Separating couples find support in Divorce Diaries

Earlier in the year, Family Law in Partnership (FLIP) launched a new initiative aimed at...

Forced Marriage Unit handled over 1,200 cases in 2015, says new data 17 MAR 2016

Forced Marriage Unit handled over 1,200 cases in 2015, says new data

New statistics published on Monday (14 March 2016) show that, last year, the Forced Marriage Unit...

Care applications received by Cafcass hit all-time high in February 2016 11 MAR 2016

Care applications received by Cafcass hit all-time high in February 2016

Figures released by Cafcass show that the number of care applications received in February...

10 per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in February 11 MAR 2016

10 per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in February

Figures released by Cafcass show that, in February 2016, the number of private law cases received...

Commons Library publishes ‘common law marriage’ and cohabitation paper 15 FEB 2016

Commons Library publishes ‘common law marriage’ and cohabitation paper

The Library of Commons last week (Tuesday 9 February 2016) published a new briefing paper...

Seven per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in January 10 FEB 2016

Seven per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in January

Figures released by Cafcass show that, in January 2016, the number of private law cases...

Care applications received by Cafcass in January increase by 16% 10 FEB 2016

Care applications received by Cafcass in January increase by 16%

Figures released by Cafcass show that the number of care applications received in January...

New State Pension sharing information published by DWP 09 FEB 2016

New State Pension sharing information published by DWP

The Department for Work and Pensions yesterday (8 February 2016) published new information...

The Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/111) 05 FEB 2016

The Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/111)

The Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016 were published 2nd February 2016. These...

Government changes legislation in line with bid to increase adoption numbers 14 JAN 2016

Government changes legislation in line with bid to increase adoption numbers

In a bid to increase adoption numbers across England, the government announced today (14 January...

Care applications received by Cafcass in December increase by 17% 13 JAN 2016

Care applications received by Cafcass in December increase by 17%

Figures released by Cafcass show that the number of care applications received in December...

Twelve per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in December 13 JAN 2016

Twelve per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in December

Figures released by Cafcass show that, in December 2015, the number of private law cases received...

Interim Civil Courts structure report published by Lord Justice Briggs looks towards a more modern justice system 13 JAN 2016

Interim Civil Courts structure report published by Lord Justice Briggs looks towards a more modern justice system

Lord Justice Briggs yesterday (12 January 2016) published an interim report concerning civil...

Will the Prime Minister’s latest reforms be enough for separating families? 13 JAN 2016

Will the Prime Minister’s latest reforms be enough for separating families?

On Monday (11 January 2016) Prime Minister David Cameron kicked off the New Year by making a...

Hague Child Support Convention welcomes latest member 08 JAN 2016

Hague Child Support Convention welcomes latest member

Montenegro has become the latest Contracting State to move to join the Hague Child Support...

Further mediation resources for separating families published by MoJ 07 JAN 2016

Further mediation resources for separating families published by MoJ

Following on from previous materials made available for separating families, the Ministry of...

New study finds local authorities’ view of reunification process still in early stages 22 DEC 2015

New study finds local authorities’ view of reunification process still in early stages

A new study published yesterday (21 December 2015) indicates that local authorities are, for the...

Success for Resolution as CCMS mandatory reporting is delayed 21 DEC 2015

Success for Resolution as CCMS mandatory reporting is delayed

A statement published by the Legal Aid Agency on Friday (18 December 2015) reveals a delay in...

FGMPO figures published for first time in family court statistics 18 DEC 2015

FGMPO figures published for first time in family court statistics

The latest statistical bulletin relating to activity within the family courts of England and...

Examination of experts in family law published by MoJ 18 DEC 2015

Examination of experts in family law published by MoJ

A new report from the Ministry of Justice shines a light on how experts are utilised in the...

New figures show alarming increase in number of newborns subject to care proceedings 16 DEC 2015

New figures show alarming increase in number of newborns subject to care proceedings

Figures from a new study concerning recurrent care proceedings show a shocking increase in the...

‘Improve or be taken over’ – Prime Minister issues ultimatum to underperforming children’s services 15 DEC 2015

‘Improve or be taken over’ – Prime Minister issues ultimatum to underperforming children’s services

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced yesterday (14 December 2015) that, unless failing...

Care applications received by Cafcass in November increase by 15 percent 14 DEC 2015

Care applications received by Cafcass in November increase by 15 percent

Figures released by Cafcass show that the number of care applications received in November 2015...

Twelve percent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in November 14 DEC 2015

Twelve percent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in November

Figures released by Cafcass show that, in November 2015, the number of private law cases received...

FGM in crosshairs as fight to end continues with youth-led website 11 DEC 2015

FGM in crosshairs as fight to end continues with youth-led website

A group of teenagers have this week announced the launch of a new website focusing on educating...

OPG publishes policy on safeguarding vulnerable adults 02 DEC 2015

OPG publishes policy on safeguarding vulnerable adults

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has made public its policy on the manner in which it...

Radical change on horizon for abortion law in Northern Ireland 01 DEC 2015

Radical change on horizon for abortion law in Northern Ireland

Draft guidelines follow swiftly from High Court judge’s rule that current Northern Irish law on...

Guidance published by NICE focuses on child attachment 27 NOV 2015

Guidance published by NICE focuses on child attachment

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published guidelines regarding...

NACCC in urgent government funding plea 24 NOV 2015

NACCC in urgent government funding plea

Government aid desperately sought to continue ensuring that children have safe contact The...

Views of children in care highlighted by Ofsted 24 NOV 2015

Views of children in care highlighted by Ofsted

For the first time ever, Ofsted has used the findings of its annual survey to highlight the views...

Bristol charity wins international award for FGM work 18 NOV 2015

Bristol charity wins international award for FGM work

Children and young people charity Integrate Bristol has received a With and For Girls Award in...

Republic of Ireland legalises same-sex marriage 17 NOV 2015

Republic of Ireland legalises same-sex marriage

Following a referendum held in May 2015, the Republic of Ireland yesterday (16 November 2015)...

Civil Justice Council annual report puts LiPs in spotlight – but LASPO still lurks 17 NOV 2015

Civil Justice Council annual report puts LiPs in spotlight – but LASPO still lurks

The Civil Justice Council’s 2014-15 annual report was published last week (13 November 2015) and...

Care applications received by Cafcass in October increase by 7 percent 13 NOV 2015

Care applications received by Cafcass in October increase by 7 percent

Figures released by Cafcass show that the number of care applications received in October 2015...

Two percent decrease in private law cases received by Cafcass in October 13 NOV 2015

Two percent decrease in private law cases received by Cafcass in October

Figures released by Cafcass show that, in October 2015, the number of private law cases received...

The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (Wales) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/1818) 05 NOV 2015

The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (Wales) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/1818)

The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (Wales) Regulations 2015 were published 21 October...

Plans to speed up adoption process revealed by Prime Minister 03 NOV 2015

Plans to speed up adoption process revealed by Prime Minister

Following the unveiling last week of an upcoming review of residential children’s care homes,...

Prime Minister launches transformative review of children’s care homes 29 OCT 2015

Prime Minister launches transformative review of children’s care homes

During the Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday (28 October 2015), David Cameron announced the...

Jersey Law Commission recommends no-fault and fast-track divorce 26 OCT 2015

Jersey Law Commission recommends no-fault and fast-track divorce

The Jersey Law Commission has today (26 October 2015) published a report on radical divorce law...

Number of children who are the subject of a child protection plan continues to rise 23 OCT 2015

Number of children who are the subject of a child protection plan continues to rise

Figures relating to the number of children in need in England in the period 2014–15 were...

Private fostering statistics released by Welsh government 22 OCT 2015

Private fostering statistics released by Welsh government

The third annual Private Fostering in Wales statistics release was published by the Welsh...

The Serious Crime Act 2015 (Commencement No. 3) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/1809) 22 OCT 2015

The Serious Crime Act 2015 (Commencement No. 3) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/1809)

The Serious Crime Act 2015 (Commencement No. 3) Regulations 2015 was published on 20 October...

Once upon a time… - new figures show over 15,000 same-sex marriages since last year 22 OCT 2015

Once upon a time… - new figures show over 15,000 same-sex marriages since last year

Statistics published on 20 October 2015 reveal the number of same-sex marriages that took place...

Reporting of FGM to be mandatory from 31 October 2015 21 OCT 2015

Reporting of FGM to be mandatory from 31 October 2015

Following a government announcement in February 2015, from 31 October the duty of front-line...

Ministry of Justice publishes new guidance for divorcing couples 20 OCT 2015

Ministry of Justice publishes new guidance for divorcing couples

New guidance published by the Ministry of Justice last week aims to help couples in the midst of...

Study shows same-sex couples spend forty per cent more focused time with children 19 OCT 2015

Study shows same-sex couples spend forty per cent more focused time with children

A report produced by the University of Austin, Texas, has found that female same-sex couples tend...

Seven per cent increase in care applications received by Cafcass in September 16 OCT 2015

Seven per cent increase in care applications received by Cafcass in September

Figures released by Cafcass show that the number of care applications received in September 2015...

Private law cases received by Cafcass in September increase by nine per cent 16 OCT 2015

Private law cases received by Cafcass in September increase by nine per cent

Figures released by Cafcass show that the number of new private law cases received in September...

New adoption statistics paint ‘a complex picture’ 05 OCT 2015

New adoption statistics paint ‘a complex picture’

The latest figures released by the government relating to the adoption and looking after of...

The Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/1685) 16 SEP 2015

The Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/1685)

The Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) (Amendment)...

Slow but steady wins the race – investigation shows increase in judiciary diversity 10 SEP 2015

Slow but steady wins the race – investigation shows increase in judiciary diversity

Following on from official figures released earlier in the year, an investigation by BBC Radio...

Re-marriage process to be simplified by Pope 09 SEP 2015

Re-marriage process to be simplified by Pope

The rules surrounding the annulment of marriages within the Catholic Church are to be...

Numbers of children awaiting adoption placements fall by 40% 28 AUG 2015

Numbers of children awaiting adoption placements fall by 40%

Adoption Leadership Board releases latest statistics on children awaiting adoption Figures...

New £3.2 million domestic abuse fund now open 24 AUG 2015

New £3.2 million domestic abuse fund now open

Local authorities can now bid for a share of a new fund to support the victims of domestic abuse...

Nine per cent increase in care applications received by Cafcass in July 12 AUG 2015

Nine per cent increase in care applications received by Cafcass in July

Figures released by Cafcass show that the number of care applications received in July 2015...

23 per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in July 12 AUG 2015

23 per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in July

Figures released by Cafcass show that the number of new private law cases received in July 2015...

Children and young people's risk behaviours: discussion paper 07 AUG 2015

Children and young people's risk behaviours: discussion paper

A new publication explores the decrease in 'risky' behaviours in children and young people,...

Children born outside the UK: British citizenship 07 AUG 2015

Children born outside the UK: British citizenship

Information to explain if British citizens can pass on their citizenship to their child born...

Civil news: civil legal aid merits regulations amended 07 AUG 2015

Civil news: civil legal aid merits regulations amended

Assessment of 'borderline' and 'poor' prospects cases changes following judgment. On 27 July...

Organisations working with young people can apply for funding through the Youth Social Action Fund 07 AUG 2015

Organisations working with young people can apply for funding through the Youth Social Action Fund

Organisations working with young people in lower socio-economic areas in England can apply for...

The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Maintenance) and International Recovery of Maintenance (Hague Convention 2007 etc) (Amendment) Order 2015 13 JUL 2015

The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Maintenance) and International Recovery of Maintenance (Hague Convention 2007 etc) (Amendment) Order 2015

The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Maintenance) and International Recovery of Maintenance...

The Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2015 (SI 2015/548) 10 MAR 2015

The Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2015 (SI 2015/548)

The Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2015 were published on 4th March 2015. These Rules...

The Care Planning and Fostering (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/495) 09 MAR 2015

The Care Planning and Fostering (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/495)

The Care Planning and Fostering (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2015 were...

The Civil Proceedings and Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2015 (SI 2015/576) 09 MAR 2015

The Civil Proceedings and Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2015 (SI 2015/576)

The Civil Proceedings and Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2015 was published on 5th...

The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No. 15) Order 2015 (SI 2015/176) 13 FEB 2015

The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No. 15) Order 2015 (SI 2015/176)

The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No. 15) Order 2015 was published...

The Proposed Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Waiting Period) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/159) 11 FEB 2015

The Proposed Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Waiting Period) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/159)

The Proposed Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Waiting Period) Regulations 2015 were published on...

The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Protection Measures) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/3298) 18 DEC 2014

The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Protection Measures) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/3298)

The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Protection Measures) Regulations 2014 were published on 15...

The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2014 (SI 2014/3296) 18 DEC 2014

The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2014 (SI 2014/3296)

The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2014 were published on 15 December 2014. These...

The High Court (Distribution of Business) Order 2014 (SI 2014/3257) 11 DEC 2014

The High Court (Distribution of Business) Order 2014 (SI 2014/3257)

The High Court (Distribution of Business) Order 2014 was published on 8th December 2014. This...

The Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/3181) 03 DEC 2014

The Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/3181)

The Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014 were...

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013) Commencement No. 4) Order 2014 (SI 2014/3169) 02 DEC 2014

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013) Commencement No. 4) Order 2014 (SI 2014/3169)

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2014 was published on the 27...

The Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/3050) 24 NOV 2014

The Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/3050)

The Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 were published on 18th November 2014. These...

The Civil Legal Aid (Financial Resources and Payment for Services) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/2701) 14 OCT 2014

The Civil Legal Aid (Financial Resources and Payment for Services) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/2701)

The Civil Legal Aid (Financial Resources and Payment Services) (Amendment) (No 2) Regulations...

The Care Act 2014 (Commencement No. 2) Order (SI 2014/2473) 18 SEP 2014

The Care Act 2014 (Commencement No. 2) Order (SI 2014/2473)

The Care Act 2014 (Commencement No. 2) Order was published on 12th September 2014. This...

The Children and Families Act 2014 (Transitional and Saving Provisions) (No. 2) Order 2014 (SI 2014/2270) 02 SEP 2014

The Children and Families Act 2014 (Transitional and Saving Provisions) (No. 2) Order 2014 (SI 2014/2270)

The Children and Families Act 2014 (Transitional and Savings Provision) (No. 2) Order 2014 was...

The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 6) Rules 2014 (SI 2014/2044) 01 AUG 2014

The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 6) Rules 2014 (SI 2014/2044)

The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 6) Rules 2014 were published on 29 July 2014. These Rules...

Adoption and Children Act Register (Search and Inspection) (Pilot) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/1957) 25 JUL 2014

Adoption and Children Act Register (Search and Inspection) (Pilot) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/1957)

The Adoption and Children Act Register (Search and Inspection) (Pilot) Regulations 2014 were...

The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No. 14 and Transitional Provisions) and the Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 18 and Transitional and Savings Provisions) Order 2014 (SI 2014/1635) 25 JUN 2014

The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No. 14 and Transitional Provisions) and the Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 18 and Transitional and Savings Provisions) Order 2014 (SI 2014/1635)

The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No. 14 and Transitional...

The Child Support (Consequential and Miscellaneous Amendments) (No 2) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/1621) 24 JUN 2014

The Child Support (Consequential and Miscellaneous Amendments) (No 2) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/1621)

The Child Support (Consequential and Miscellaneous Amendments) (No 2) Regulations 2014 were...

The Child Support (Consequential and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/1386) 06 JUN 2014

The Child Support (Consequential and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/1386)

These Regulations make miscellaneous amendments and amendments consequential on the Child...