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Rising divorce costs are forcing weaker parties to accept unfair settlements

Published: 27 August 2014

Family law firms have issued a warning that the rising cost of divorce settlements are forcing parties that are weaker financially into accepting unfair settlements.

The last series of changes to the Child Maintenance Service comes into effect

Published: 12 August 2014

The government have launched the last series of changes to the new Child Maintenance Service, which came into effect on Monday 11th August

Family Lawyers Could Face £100 Million Drop in Legal Aid Income

Published: 8 August 2014

High street firms that handle legal aid-funded family law cases could face a serious shortfall of legal aid fees. Mediation experts have estimated that they could soon see a drastic shortfall in legal aid fees year-on-year. Compared to the same time in 2012/2013, before the cuts, this could be up to £109 million.

Thousands of domestic abusers avoid criminal record by apologising

Published: 28 July 2014

New figures have revealed that thousands of domestic abusers have managed to avoid a criminal record after committing acts of domestic violence. This has been achieved simply by agreeing to apologise.

One in Five Social Workers Unware of April Changes to Children and Families Act

Published: 24 July 2014

Four months after the Children and Families Act was passed, nearly 20% of social workers remain unaware of the changes. This somewhat surprising figure was revealed in recent report published by the Victoria Climbié Foundation (VCF).

You have the kids, I'll keep the dog

Published: 17 July 2014

Most people's view of family law disputes in the event of separation revolve around two issues: division of assets and custody of children. However, there is a third issue that can be very complex in many cases, and this is custody of pets.

Crime Prosecution Service reports record levels of domestic abuse

Published: 8 July 2014

The Crime Prosecution Service have revealed that domestic abuse cases now account for more than 10% of their work load, which is an increase of 8.9% from last year - and at an all-time high.

Civil Partnership Conversion to take place in December

Published: 2 July 2014

The Government announced last week that they have finally set a date for the conversion of civil partnerships to same-sex marriages, which will happen on 10th December 2014.

Thousands of successive children in care cases removed by the family courts

Published: 24 June 2014

A new study conducted by the Universities of Manchester and Brunel has shed light on family court records, highlighting that 22,790 children were taken away from parents who were involved in repeat care cases.

Longest Family Court Case in History Comes to an End

Published: 18 June 2014

A case involving a teenage girl who has been refusing to see her father has finally concluded following 13 years of court hearings, making it the longest case ever seen within the family division of the High Court - at a cost of £1 million to taxpayers.

New forced marriage legislation comes into effect

Published: 16 June 2014

New laws criminalising forced marriage in England and Wales have come into effect today, carrying a maximum penalty of 7 years in prison.

Social media used as evidence in divorce proceedings to track hidden assets

Published: 10 June 2014

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are being used by solicitors to uncover hidden assets during divorce proceedings. Magistrates can now grant permission for social media sites to be used to disclosure private information without the defendants knowledge, in order to assess whether a person has lied about their personal wealth.

Legal Aid Cuts are Penalising Parents and Children in the Family Courts

Published: 4 June 2014

Magistrates in the family courts have warned that legal aid cuts are penalising low income and single parent families - creating an unfair two-tier system of those that can afford legal representation and those who cannot.

Parents are told to agree to the new child maintenance arrangements or face additional fees

Published: 29 May 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions will be issuing letters to more than 50,000 parents across the UK who manage their child maintenance payments through the previous Child Support Agency (CSA) system - and are being told that if they use the new system and fail to reach an amicable solution then they will face additional fees.

The Children Society's report highlights problem debt is putting stress on children and families

Published: 19 May 2014

A report from The Children's Society and Charity StepChange has highlighted that problem debt is putting a huge amount of strain on families and children, trapping them in an endless spiral of borrowing and leaving them in financial hardship.

Reported rise in couples wanting pre-nuptial agreements

Published: 13 May 2014

Family law firms and divorce solicitors across the country have reported a rise in the number of couples requesting pre-nuptial agreements following signs that they could soon become legally binding in the UK.

New Child Maintenance Online Tool Kit Released

Published: 7 May 2014

A new child maintenance tool kit has been released online by the Department of Work and Pensions to provide organisations and child maintenance clients with the latest information about changes to child maintenance and to aid the phasing out of the old Child Support Agency (CSA) system.

New research finds children living with step-parents are just as happy as those living with biological parents

Published: 28 April 2014

A recent study, completed by senior researchers at one of Britain's leading social research institutes NatCen, has found that children are 'no less happy' living with a lone parent or step-parents then they are living with both biological parents.

New family justice reform comes into force

Published: 23 April 2014

The largest family justice reform of a generation has come into effect, which will see major changes to the family justice system, as well as a new combined Family Court in England and Wales.

Husband kills wife's pet ram during divorce battle and is ordered to pay £170k a year

Published: 16 April 2014

A high court judge has ordered a wealthy businessman to pay his ex-wife maintenance fees of £170,000 a year after he killed her pet ram at their home in the south of France.

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