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New Protection From FGM and Forced and Child Marriage Pledged by Government

The Prime Minister along with International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Home Secretary Theresa May announced new forms of action and greater funding to protect girls in the UK and abroad from female genital mutilation and forced marriage. The announcement was made at the Girl Summit 2014.

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Law Society Intervenes in Court of Appeal Case

The Court of Appeal has recently decided that the Legal Aid Agency - formally the Legal Service Commission (LSC) - was wrong to refuse to pay in full from the legal aid budget for an expert witness report ordered for a child by the family court.

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Single Family Court becomes a reality

The 22nd of April saw the introduction of a number of major reforms to the family justice system.

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Children and Families Act 2014 gains royal assent

The new Children and Families Act has received royal assent and will introduce changes to the law to give greater protection to vulnerable children, better support for children whose parents are separating, a new system to help children with special educational needs and disabilities, and help for parents to balance work and family life.

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Latest statistics from Cafcass

The latest figures from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have revealed that it received a total of 808 care applications in December 2013. This figure represents a 6% decrease compared to those received in December 2012.

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Latest private law figures from Cafcass

The latest figures from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) show that during the month of November, it received a total of 3,524 new private law cases. This is a 15% decrease on November 2012 levels.

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Court fee changes for civil court proceedings

The Government has recently announced that people taking high value cases through civil courts in England and Wales will be expected to pay much more towards their running costs. However, the fees for domestic violence injunctions will be scrapped.

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Latest care application numbers

The latest figures from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) show that it received a total 972 applications in October 2013. This makes October the second highest month for applications this year and represents a 2% increase over the number received in October 2012.

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NSPCC report asks 'How Safe are our Children?'

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Children in limbo following legal aid ruling

Children at the centre of family law cases will face alarming uncertainty about their future as a result of a stalemate over the funding of expert witnesses in family cases, following a High Court ruling.

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