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Ministry of Justice report on the implementation of Law Commission proposals

Published: 19th January 2017

A report has been published by the Ministry of Justice that highlights the implementation of proposals made by the Law Commission.

Justice Secretary calls for an end to victims being cross-examined by their abusers

Published: 13th January 2017

The Justice Secretary Liz Truss has called for the family courts to follow the criminal courts inbanning the cross-examination of victims by ex-partners who have previously been violent to them.

Family court to hold court hearings in public for the first time

Published: 7th January 2017

In a radical trial that is being pursued by England and Wales’ leading family judge, court hearings are set to be held in the public eye for the first time. In a bid to continue to provide more transparency, the president of the family division of the high court, Sir James Munby, has stated that certain types of hearings would be held publicly. Although correct measures are expected to remain in place to protect identities, a separate plan is being considered to grant the media access to documents that may have been kept secret in previous hearings.

Research shows parents are working together to manage child support through Child Maintenance Service

Published: 29th December 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions has released new research that shows many separated parents that use the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) are able to manage child support payments between themselves. The new system allows parents to come to an arrangement regarding the payments and the results of the research show that with most cases that include Direct Pay, the arrangement is still in place a year later.

Claim by Trustee in Bankruptcy against deceased’s ex-wife dismissed in court

Published: 20th December 2016

A recent judgement has been published involving the dismissal of a claim by the trustee in bankruptcy under Sections 23 and 24 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, where the bankrupt was deceased.

Latest ONS figures show continued decline in divorce rates

Published: 12th December 2016

The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics on 5 December 2016 show that the number of divorces throughout England and Wales in 2014 was 111,169 – which is 3.1% less than in 2013.

Government rejects suggestions for the divorce fee rise to be rescinded

Published: 30th November 2016

The House of Commons Justice Committee has had their recommendation of rescinding the increase of the divorce petition fee to £550 rejected by the Government.

Court of Appeal make landmark judgement about witnesses’ rights to appeal in family law proceedings

Published: 22nd November 2016

A landmark judgement regarding the rights of witnesses to challenge adverse judicial findings in family related proceedings has been made by the Court of Appeal.

Cohabitation remains the UK’s fastest growing family type

Published: 14th November 2016

Cohabiting couples continue to be the UK’s fastest growing family type of 2016, after new figures were released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the 4th November 2016.

Brexit risk forces Ministry of Justice into EU family law proposal

Published: 7th November 2016

Following the EU Referendum result with the UK voting to leave the European Union, the government has opted into a European Commission proposal on cross-border family matters.

McKenzie friend jailed for perverting the course of justice in a family court

Published: 27th October 2016

A paid 'McKenzie Friend' has received a 12-month prison sentence for perverting the course of justice in a family court. David Bright – who ran an organisation that provides help and support in family law cases called The Parents Voice – received a 12 month jail sentence at Wood Green Crown Court for submitting a false psychology report.

Lawyer criticised for late service of documents on LiP

Published: 24th October 2016

A lawyer has been reprimanded after serving documents on an unrepresented mother in a child abduction case where they were representing the father. As Mr Justice Peter Jackson explained, Litigants in Person are ‘unfortunately not an unusual occurrence’ in child abduction cases.

Post-Brexit inquiry launched into the justice system by the Justice Committee

Published: 20th October 2016

Following this summer's unexpected EU referendum result, The House of Commons Justice Committee have launched an inquiry into what implications Brexit will have forthe justice system.

The House of Commons Library publishes ‘no fault divorce’ briefing paper

Published: 7th October 2016

A briefing paper outlining the current state of the divorce process in the UK and the arguments for and against the introduction of the 'no fault divorce' has been published by the House of Commons.

High Court Judge clears Ex-BBC actress of abducting her child

Published: 3rd October 2016

A former BBC actress, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has recently been cleared by a High Court judge of abducting her own child. After agreeing to begin a new life with the father in Sydney, she subsequently left the country with their child, leading the father to file a case of abduction against her with the Family division of the High Court.

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