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New domestic violence law to be unveiled this week

Published: 25 November 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May is due to unveil changes to domestic abuse laws this week, which will give the police the power to treat emotional and psychological abuse on the same level of prosecution as domestic violence.

Intestacy Law is changing - are you still happy to put off making a Will?

Published: 24 November 2014

If you are young and in good health you may think that you have no need for a Will.  It’s only old people who die and need a Will isn’t it?

If these are your beliefs you are not alone. 

Is marriage becoming just for the wealthy?

Published: 18 November 2014

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that there is a growing marriage gap between the rich and the poor, which raises the question,  "is marriage becoming just for the wealthy?"

New guidance released to encourage acting as a litigation friend in the Court of Protection

Published: 12 November 2014

A new set of guidelines have been published by the University of Manchester with the aim of trying to encourage more people to take up the role of a litigation friend in the Court of Protection.

Family Dispute Resolution Week

Published: 10 November 2014

In honor of family law organisation Resoluton and their third Family Disupte Resolution week, we look at the alternatives to court for resolving conflict in family disputes.

Support building for changes to cohabitation law

Published: 5 November 2014

Over the past few weeks, a wave of support has been building for reforms to current cohabitation law so that couples who are unmarried are treated fairly if their relationship breaks down and they separate in the future.

Ministry of Justice initiative will offer free support in family and civil law cases

Published: 3 November 2014

A new £1.4m a year initiative funded by the Ministry of Justice will provide legal support and advice to people who represent themselves in family and civil law cases, with the launch of a network of court-based advice centres throughout England and Wales.

Government plans to support litigants in person doesn't address the wider problems

Published: 29 October 2014

New plans announced by the government last week to support litigants in person have been criticised by national family law organisation Resolution, with their Vice-Chair labelling them as "a sticking plaster for a family justice system left seriously wounded by cuts to legal aid".

Presumption of Parental Involvement comes into force on 22nd October 2014

Published: 22 October 2014

The presumption of parental involvement outlined in the Children and Families Act 2014 will come into force on 22nd October 2014 and will apply to cases started on or after that date.

Only a quarter of couples using counselling to save marriages

Published: 21 October 2014

A recent survey has revealed that only a quarter of couples whose marriage is on the verge of breakdown use counselling services to try and save their marriage.

Be careful what you promise when you’re in love

Published: 20 October 2014

Be careful what you promise when you're in love... this warning is currently ringing in the ears of one man who has been ordered to pay his ex girlfriend more than £78,000 following their relationship breaking down.

If you sacrifice your career, do you sacrifice your future financial security?

Published: 16 October 2014

The starting point for the division of assets on divorce is one of equal division.  That said, the law states that there are a number of factors that allow departure from equality.  This latest blog looks at a particular case in the news and poses the question, if you sacrifice your career, do you sacrifice your future financial security?

A High Court judge warns that denial of legal aid in Court of Protection cases is a false economy

Published: 14 October 2014

High Court judge Mr Justice Baker has referred to the denial of legal in Court of Protection cases or in the Family Court as a 'false economy', as cases involving litigants in person tend to take considerably longer than usual cases where all parties have legal representation.

Same sex couples converting their civil partnerships will be issued backdated marriage certificates

Published: 8 October 2014

The Government Equalities Office has confirmed that they have scrapped plans for a 'certificate of conversion' and will instead issue backdated marriage certificates to same-sex couples wanting to convert their civil partnership into a marriage.

A child is for life - not just for Christmas

Published: 6 October 2014

Christmas is traditionally a time for families to come together, however for many separated parents and children it can be a difficult time.

Vulnerable young people are being harmed by the removal of legal aid

Published: 1 October 2014

The children's commissioner for England, Maggie Atkinson, has published a new report which expresses her concerns that children and young people are being denied justice due to the removal of legal aid, leaving them vulnerable and without proper legal representation.

Women warned not to date before divorce is finalised

Published: 29 September 2014

A top family judge has warned that women who have separated from their husbands shouldn't start new relationships whilst waiting for their divorce to be finalised, as it could harm their final settlement.

Family Mediation on the rise in the first half of 2014

Published: 19 September 2014

Nationwide family mediation service provider 'National Family Mediation' have revealed that there has been a significant increase in the number of couples opting to go to family mediation sessions from 1 January to 30th June 2014 - and a further increase is expected throughout the rest of the year.

Divorce taking much longer to complete for those who don’t use a solicitor

Published: 10 September 2014

Courts in England and Wales are seeing a marked increase in the length of time couples take to get divorced and this is largely due to in an increase in the number of individuals representing themselves in court.

Over a thousand same sex marriages in the first month since new law came into effect

Published: 3 September 2014

The Office of National Statistics have published the first same-sex marriage figures, which reveals that 1,409 same-sex marriages took place in the first month since the introduction of the new Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act on Saturday 29th March.

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