Category Archives: Family Law

Legal Aid Cuts and the Impact for Family Law Cases

The President of the Family Division of the High Court, Sir Andrew McFarlane, in an interview with The Times highlights the negative impact on family law proceedings because of cuts to legal aid fees. Being able to commission an expert opinion from … Read more

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Transparency for the family courts: lawyers permitted to blog on private family hearings

From October 2018, the government and the judiciary are commencing a 9-month long pilot scheme which will see lawyers being permitted entry to private family law hearings for the purposes of blogging.

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Children’s Commissioner warns of the ‘Toxic Trio’

The media have recently reported on the Children’s Commissioner’s report which highlights that an estimate of 8,300 babies are growing up with issues of alcohol or substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health  – known as the “toxic trio” from their … Read more

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Civil Partnerships Law to Change for Mixed Sex Couples

Theresa May has announced that the law will soon change to allow same sex couples and mixed sex couples to both have the option of a civil partnership.

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Fault-Based Divorce Could Be A Thing Of The Past

It is in the news again this week that Justice Secretary David Gauke is set to announce a consultation on plans for a major change to divorce laws which could see couples being allowed no-fault divorces and spouses losing the … Read more

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Forced Marriage: Home Secretary Vows to take Action

The Home Secretary has recently indicated in the media that she intends to take action over forced marriages.  Charities have warned that the Home Office has failed to protect British women and teenage girls forced into abusive marriages by granting … Read more

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Supreme Court dismisses Mrs Owens’ appeal – What could this mean for divorce law reform?

The Supreme Court has re-sparked the debate on the current divorce law in England and Wales by its judgment handed down on 25 July 2018 in the case of Owens v Owens. Mrs Owens had appealed the decision of the … Read more

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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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