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Government announce tougher checks to tackle sham marriages

Published: 10th March 2015

The government have launched The Marriages and Civil Partnerships Regulations 2015 with the aim of giving the Home Office more power to investigate non-UK nationals planning to get married in the UK.

New research reveals domestic violence victims suffer for three years before getting help

Published: 3rd March 2015

A recent study, conducted by domestic abuse charity SafeLives reveals that those who have suffered at the hands of violent partners are abused for about 3 years before finally seeking help, with some victims experiencing up to 50 incidents during that period.

Resolution family law manifesto calling for changes to divorce law set to launch today

Published: 23rd February 2015

Family law organisation Resolution will today launch their family law manifesto which will call for drastic changes to divorce and separation laws in England and Wales.

New figures reveal over 2 million domestic abuse incidents last year

Published: 17th February 2015

The Office for National Statistics have published new figures which show that over 2 million domestic abuse incidents occurred last year.

The cost of Court of Protection cases is a serious concern that requires urgent investigation, new research reveals

Published: 11th February 2015

A new report by a team of Cardiff University researches has revealed that Court of Protection welfare cases and their rising costs are a 'matter of serious concern' for the finances of local authorities and that they require 'urgent investigation'.

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.

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