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Cohabitation is the quickest growing type of family in the UK

Published: 9th February 2015

Recent figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that cohabitation is the quickest growing type of family in the UK.

More than a third of children in care with siblings live apart from them

Published: 28th January 2015

National charity The Family Rights Group (FRG) have completed a recent survey which highlights that 37% of siblings in care live apart from each other  and that 49% of groups of siblings in care have been separated.

More Child Contact Centres Close Due to Legal Aid Cuts

Published: 21st January 2015

The National Association for Child Contact Centres (NACCC) in England and Wales have revealed that Child Contact Centres are closing at an alarming rate - with 40 closures in the past 18 months - due to cuts to legal aid.

New survey reveals that 1 in 4 parents have secretly considered separation

Published: 12th January 2015

A new survey, conducted by OnePlusOne - a support charity focused on strengthening relationships - has revealed that 1 in 4 parents living with their partner and children in Britain have quietly considered separating or even divorcing their partners.

Surge in divorce enquiries in January highlights Christmas as a catalyst for divorce

Published: 5th January 2015

Family law firms across the country, including K J Smith Solicitors are expecting a surge in divorce enquiries throughout January - and for many firms, January can represent the busiest month of the year.

Legal representation has almost halved since the removal of legal aid

Published: 23rd December 2014

New figures released by the Ministry of Justice highlights that the number of cases in the family courts where both parties have legal representation has almost halved since the removal of legal aid from family law cases.

Cohabitation Rights Bill gathers pace in the House of Lords

Published: 16th December 2014

The Cohabitation Rights Bill is gathering pace and is now at the Committee Stage, following its second reading in the House of Lords.

Conversion of Civil Partnerships into marriages finally takes place

Published: 10th December 2014

From today (10th December 2014) same sex couples wishing to convert to marriage can chose either a simple event registering their conversion or participating in a ceremony attended by family and friends.

Couple challenge ban on civil partnerships for members of the opposite sex

Published: 9th December 2014

A heterosexual couple have launched a judicial review on their local council of Kensington and Chelsea after being refused the chance to hold a civil partnership ceremony.

Case Update: Career Sacrifice Discrimination - Common Sense Prevails

Published: 4th December 2014

In October we reported on the case of Julia Hammans who had given up a financially lucrative career upon meeting her then future husband.  We now have an update on the conclusion of the case.

New study reveals the impact divorce has in the workplace

Published: 4th December 2014

A new research study by national family law organisation Resolution has revealed the impact that divorce and separation can have on productivity and attendance in the British workplace.

New domestic violence law to be unveiled this week

Published: 25th 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: 24th 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: 18th 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: 12th 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.

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