Family Law (1 April – 15 April)

Ellie MacKenzie

April 15, 2019

Family News 

New care applications received by Cafcass in March fell by nearly 10 per cent

Family Law Week – 11 April 

Cafcass has reported a 9.9% drop in new care applications during March 2019, compared to March of the previous year. Cafcass received a total of 1,117 new care applications last month.

 

Further detail on the divorce reform released

Marilyn Stowe Blog – 9 April 

Following the announcement of the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce, the government has released more details about the proposed reforms. It will soon be impossible to defend or resist a divorce, and couples will no longer have to cite a reason for divorce, a simple statement that the marriage has broken down irretrievably will suffice.

 

One in three areas cutting early mental health help for children

Cypnow – 9 April 

Analysis by the children's commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has revealed that more than a third of local areas are cutting spending on early help for children and young people with mental health problems. This creates a postcode lottery and is concerning for young people in need of help.

 

‘No weight given’ to pre-nuptial agreement in divorce of cosmetics heiress

Family Law Week – 5 April 

In the case of Ipekçi v McConnell [2019] EWFC 19, Mr Justice Mostyn ruled that a pre-nuptial agreement was to be disregarded and awarded the husband £1.3 million in financial remedies. The judge decided, for a number of reasons, that it was unfair to hold the husband to the agreement.

 

Quarter of children from low-income families 'go hungry'

Cypnow – 2 April 

According to a report entitled: Living Hand to Mouth? Children and Food in Low-Income Families, published by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), a quarter of children from low income families are going hungry because they do not qualify for free school meals. This leads many children to not eat throughout the school day.