Category Archives: Family Law

Facing Your Domestic Abuser in Court

In the Family Courts, victims of domestic abuse often have to face their abuser in Court, this can be very stressful and traumatic for them.  Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid has said that this can allow the perpetrator … Read more

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Forced Marriage, successful prosecution – jail sentence of 4 years

A mother who had forced her 17 year old daughter to marry a 36 year old in Pakistan in September 2016 has been sentenced today at Birmingham Crown Court.  The court concluded that the daughter had been sold for her … Read more

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New President of Family Division

Sir James Munby, who is the current President of the Family Division, retires on 27 July, handing over the baton to Sir Andrew McFarlane who is a Court of Appeal Judge.

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Digitisation of divorce applications

Outspoken Judge and President Judge Munby has said that the pilot of the digitised divorce petition has been a “triumphant success”. It has been found that 13,000 hours of court staff time could be saved by applications being made online … Read more

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Are you Divorced or not Divorced – That is the question?

Senior Divorce Judge, Sir James Munby, has ordered Courts to apologise for the ‘devastating impact’ errors have had on newly divorced couples who thought they had formally separated following a series of blunders by officials.  The series of errors appears … Read more

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Is no-fault divorce the way forward?

Britain’s top family judge, Sir James Munby has suggested that no blame divorce should be introduced for those people “trapped in a loveless marriage”. According to the current law, those wishing to apply for a divorce must show that their … Read more

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Domestic Abuse Reforms

Today Theresa May has launched a consultation on the Government’s new domestic abuse Bill. This much anticipated draft Bill will provide for the first time a statutory definition of domestic abuse that includes economic abuse, alongside other forms of non-physical … Read more

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Legal Aid: Restrictive evidence requirements scrapped for victims of domestic violence

From January 2018, new rules will be implemented meaning that victims of domestic violence will no longer have to face harsh evidence tests to qualify for legal aid. Through successful campaigning by support groups and the Law Society, time limits … Read more

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Adultery and Divorce

The recent BBC drama Doctor Foster shone a light on the ugly side of divorce.  Having exposed her husband’s betrayals in the finale of series 1, this series showed how the spouses’ destructive behaviour towards each other drove their 15 … Read more

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Has the Family Court presumption of contact at all costs put children’s lives at risk?

Women’s Aid state that twenty children have been killed by a parent who was also a known perpetrator of domestic abuse.  The vast majority of these cases had been to court and Orders were made stating that the children were … Read more

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