Category Archives: Family Law

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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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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