Changes to the Children Act 1989 in Wales Julie Doughty – @julie_doughty 05 April 2016 The Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act is fully implemented on 6 April 2016, and makes major changes to social services functions in Wales. This article highlights the ways in which the Children Act 1989 will be affected.
Separating couples find support in Divorce Diaries 05 April 2016 Earlier in the year, Family Law in Partnership (FLIP) launched a new initiative aimed at supporting divorcing couples. Divorce Diaries is a comprehensive website containing real-life accounts of separation from people who have undergone the breakdown of a relationship, and the truthful recounts of their experiences during the divorce process.
£200 million to transform life chances of vulnerable young people 04 April 2016 Hundreds of millions of pounds are being invested in a new programme to revolutionise support for the most vulnerable children and families across the country, backed by brand-new freedoms for town halls to provide life-changing services for troubled young people, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced last weekend (Sunday 3 April 2016).
New section 20 guidance published 04 April 2016 New guidance issued today by Cafcass, ADCS and ADSS Cymru clarifies expectations on local authorities for children looked after under s 20 of the Children Act 1989, following judicial and sector concerns about its use.
Panama papers: advice privilege and Sharland set aside David Burrows –@dbfamilylaw 08 April 2016 The subject of legal profession privilege (LPP) is in the news at present: there is talk of its definition being reviewed in legislation going through Parliament, and its application to the Panama papers has raised question as to how it applies to the leaked documents.
Mediation: construction of terms of an agreement or consent order David Burrows –@dbfamilylaw 06 April 2016 The recent case of Besharova v Berezovsky  EWCA Civ 161 has things to say: firstly, to any mediator or lawyer who seeks to settle financial issues between formerly married or cohabiting couples (although Besharova specifically applies only to married couples); second, to any lawyer (or mediators) who may be called upon to draft an agreement, Tomlin order or consent orders; and thirdly, to any lawyer called upon to construe agreements or orders when they are found to be unclear.
PSL Essential Update - Family Procedure Rules Amendments April 2016 Amy Sanders –@Amy_Sanders1 06 April 2016 Changes have been made to the Family Procedure Rules to create a new Part 39, regarding attachment of earning orders, and a new Part 40 relating to charging orders, stop orders and stop notices. There is a new PD 40A to compliment Part 40. There have also been some other minor changes to strike out applications, the Child Arrangements Programme and forms in PD 5A.
PROPERTY: S v J and Others  EWHC 586 (Fam) Hearing Date: 14 March 2016 Mrs Justice Roberts Family Division Declarations as to beneficial ownership were made under s 17 of the Married Woman's Property Act 1882 in respect of four properties owned by the unmarried couple.