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A child is for life - not just for Christmas

Published: 6th 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: 1st 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: 29th 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: 19th 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: 10th 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: 3rd 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.

Rising divorce costs are forcing weaker parties to accept unfair settlements

Published: 27th 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: 12th 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: 8th 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: 28th 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: 24th 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: 17th 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: 8th 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: 2nd 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: 24th 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.

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