Published: 27 October 2016
A paid 'McKenzie Friend' has received a 12-month prison sentence for perverting the course of justice in a family court. David Bright – who ran an organisation that provides help and support in family law cases called The Parents Voice – received a 12 month jail sentence at Wood Green Crown Court for submitting a false psychology report.
Published: 24 October 2016
A lawyer has been reprimanded after serving documents on an unrepresented mother in a child abduction case where they were representing the father. As Mr Justice Peter Jackson explained, Litigants in Person are ‘unfortunately not an unusual occurrence’ in child abduction cases.
Published: 20 October 2016
Following this summer's unexpected EU referendum result, The House of Commons Justice Committee have launched an inquiry into what implications Brexit will have forthe justice system.
Published: 7 October 2016
A briefing paper outlining the current state of the divorce process in the UK and the arguments for and against the introduction of the 'no fault divorce' has been published by the House of Commons.
Published: 3 October 2016
A former BBC actress, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has recently been cleared by a High Court judge of abducting her own child. After agreeing to begin a new life with the father in Sydney, she subsequently left the country with their child, leading the father to file a case of abduction against her with the Family division of the High Court.
Published: 30 September 2016
The College of Policing is running a new pilot scheme designed to aid the police in being able to recognise when somebody is being controlled by their partner.
Published: 23 September 2016
Characters from BBC Radio 4 soap opera 'The Archers' have put legal aid eligibility under the spotlight, with the Law Society highlighting that the rules for determining who receives legal aid in the family courts are unfair.
Published: 13 September 2016
The Office for National Statistics has revealed figures highlighting the impact that Same Sex Marriages have had on Civil Partnership registrations in England and Wales.
Published: 12 September 2016
A leading expert in Sharia Law has spoken out about the Islamic divorce process, arguing that the courts in Britain should have the power to issue Islamic divorces - sparking an inquiry in the House of Commons.
Published: 2 September 2016
A litigant in person has been ordered to pay almost £100,000 in costs for a committal application against a private client lawyer in what has been described as a 'farrago of nonsense', highlighting the chaos that the judiciary can face in cases involving litigants in person.
Published: 18 August 2016
Heterosexual couples have been allowed to enter into civil partnerships for the first time, following changes to the laws on the Isle of Man from Friday 29th July 2016.
Published: 11 August 2016
In a landmark judgement, Mr Justice Holman has directed Mohammed Al-Jeffery to return his daughter Amina Al-Jeffery to the UK by 11th September 2016.
Published: 28 July 2016
The Office for National Statistics has recently released new data highlighting that more and more couples are cohabitating or choosing to live together before deciding to get married.
Published: 21 July 2016
A family breakdown is a testing time for both parents and children, but it can become particularly difficult when one parent begins to influence a child and alienate them against the other parent.
Published: 12 July 2016
The Family Justice Council have published a new report entitled 'Guidance on 'Financial Needs' on Divorce', which follows on from their guidance for Litigants in Person (as reported in a previous blog) entitled 'Sorting Out Finances on Divorce'. This new guidance comes as a response to a recommendation by the Law Commission in their 'Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements'consultation published in February 2014.
Published: 4 July 2016
18 European Union member states have reached an agreement on two new regulations, aimed at making the rules clearer on cross-border property disputes between married or registered couples of different EU nationalities, or for parties that own property in another EU member state.
Published: 30 June 2016
On Friday 24th June 2016, the nation awoke to the – for many, rather surprising – news that the UK had voted to leave the European Union. The result of the EU referendum has caused a great deal of uncertainty and confusion as to how the UK will cope with its decision to leave the EU.
Published: 24 June 2016
Chief Judge and President of the Family Division of the High Court, Sir James Munby, has called on the family courts to do more to encourage children giving evidence in court and has claimed that while there has been a 'sea-change' in attitudes to children giving evidence, more still needs to be done.
Published: 16 June 2016
The ex-wife of rugby league star Keegan Hirst has called for divorce laws to be amended to recognise affairs between same-sex partners. The ex-wife, mother-of-three Sara Wilson, was informed that she could not file for divorce on the grounds of 'suspected adultery' as the law states that adultery can only take place between men and women.
Published: 9 June 2016
A divorced husband who questioned the validity of his former mother-in-law's Will has been granted permission to challenge the Will by the Court of Appeal.