Category Archives: Family Law

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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Is there hope for a No Fault Divorce?

Resolution are the forefront of a campaign for a “no fault divorce” in Engand and Wales and have now been instrumental in assisting Mrs Owens being granted pernission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Decision based on financial remedy proceedings over-turned

The Supreme Court, on 26th July 2017, in the matter of Birch v Birch, over-turned the decision of a lower court in relation to the ability to ‘vary’ an undertaking that had been made in financial remedy proceedings.

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“Dear Sam”….touching letter to boy, 14, by High Court Senior Judge

Family Court proceedings can be an emotional and difficult time for families, especially the children involved.  A High Court Judge informed a 14 year old boy, by writing to him direct, explaining how he had reached his decision that he … Read more

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New Style Divorce Petition to be Introduced on 7 August 2017

On the evening of 17 July 2017, the Family Legal Professional advised that there would be dramatic changes to the style of the Divorce Petition when issuing Divorce Proceedings.  The new style Divorce Petition will come into effect on 7 … Read more

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Landmark Ruling – Equal pension rights for same-sex partners

Mr. Walker entered a civil partnership in January 2006 which was later converted into a marriage.  Mr. Walker’s employer refused to pay a full spousal pension on the basis that his service began before the Civil Partnership Act came into … Read more

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Should divorce be kept separate from financial battles?

President of the High Court’s Family Division, Sir James Munby, has proposed that the process of obtaining a divorce should be kept separate from determining financial settlements. His suggestion is aimed at reducing the pressure within the family courts, stating … Read more

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Equal division of assets remains the starting point

Courts have awarded the estranged wife of a former oil and gas trader £453m in what is thought to be one of the largest divorce settlements awarded in the UK. The couple had been married for just over 20 years … Read more

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Research shows that children in the UK’s most deprived areas are more likely to go into care

A project carried out by academics at, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Coventry and Queen’s University Belfast and funded by the Nuffield foundation has found that children in the UK’s poorest areas are 10 times more likely to taken into care … Read more

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