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A woman who wanted a family court judge in Northern Ireland to make decisions about the future of her nine-year-old son because she had flitted has lost a legal fight. The woman and the boy's father separated eight years ago and have been arguing over living arrangements in family courts…
The Government has won a challenge against a ruling that its controversial benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children under two. Court of Appeal judges ruled in favour of the Work and Pensions Secretary on Thursday by a two-to-one majority. The latest decision in the case follows a…
A married couple who have a platonic relationship and live in different homes have been made the legal parents of a child born following a foreign surrogacy arrangement. The most senior family court judge in England and Wales says the fact that the couple's relationship is not romantic is no…
The most senior family court judge in England and Wales is to review a separated couple's decade-long dispute over access to their daughter after an appeal by the youngster's father. Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, says he will analyse the case in detail…
Families hit by the Government's "two-child limit" for welfare payments have started a High Court action against the policy. The rule, introduced in April last year, restricts child tax credits and universal credit to the first two children in a family. Lawyers acting on behalf of three UK families told…
Refugees are struggling to integrate into British life because of restrictions on bringing their relatives to the country, campaigners claim. Oxfam and the Refugee Council called on the Government to amend the rules, labelling them "unfair" and "restrictive". The organisations said many refugees are plagued by worry about loved ones…
Almost one in four parents are skipping meals because they cannot afford to buy food, revealing shocking levels of "hidden hunger", according to a new report. A survey of over 2,000 adults showed that more than one in 10 do not have enough money to buy meals, rising to almost…
A family court judge has refused to approve social workers' plans to separate five children whose parents have a history of drug abuse and can no longer care for them. Judge Clifford Bellamy said he wanted a child psychologist to assess the effect of separation on the children. He said…
The government has announced the phased roll-out of the National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) from 2018 for child and family social workers. The announcement is in response to a consultation on the implementation of the NAAS and aims to address feedback from the sector to ensure the new system…
Many low income families will be worse off despite tax changes and a higher living wage because of cuts to Universal Credit, a new report warns. Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that by 2022, families with one working parent will lose more from cuts to the benefits system…
Hundreds of thousands of teenagers' lives are blighted by the drinking problems of their parents, a charity has warned. The Children's Society has estimated there are 700,000 teenagers across the UK whose lives are being "damaged" by parents' alcohol abuse A survey of 3,000 families with children aged 10 to…
The Government has launched an appeal against a ruling that its controversial benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children under two. A High Court judge in London said earlier this year that ''real misery is being caused to no good purpose". Mr Justice Collins ruled in favour of…
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