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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.

College of Policing Pilot Scheme aims to tackle Coercive Control

Published: 30th September 2016

The College of Policing is running a new pilot scheme designed to aid the police in being able to recognise when somebody is being controlled by their partner.

BBC Radio Drama 'The Archers' Puts Legal Aid Eligibility Under the Spotlight

Published: 23rd September 2016

Characters from BBC Radio 4 soap opera 'The Archers' have put legal aid eligibility under the spotlight, with the Law Society highlighting that the rules for determining who receives legal aid in the family courts are unfair.

Number of civil partnership registrations falls by 49% since same sex marriages were introduced

Published: 13th September 2016

The Office for National Statistics has revealed figures highlighting the impact that Same Sex Marriages have had on Civil Partnership registrations in England and Wales.

Islamic Divorces should be issued through British courts says Sharia Law expert

Published: 12th September 2016

A leading expert in Sharia Law has spoken out about the Islamic divorce process, arguing that the courts in Britain should have the power to issue Islamic divorces - sparking an inquiry in the House of Commons.

Litigant in Person hit with costs of almost £100,000 for committal application against Lawyer

Published: 2nd September 2016

A litigant in person has been ordered to pay almost £100,000 in costs for a committal application against a private client lawyer in what has been described as a 'farrago of nonsense', highlighting the chaos that the judiciary can face in cases involving litigants in person.

Heterosexual couples allowed to enter into civil partnerships in the Isle of Man for the first time

Published: 18th August 2016

Heterosexual couples have been allowed to enter into civil partnerships for the first time, following changes to the laws on the Isle of Man from Friday 29th July 2016.

21-year-old ordered to return to Britain from Saudi Arabia in Landmark Judgement

Published: 11th August 2016

In a landmark judgement, Mr Justice Holman has directed Mohammed Al-Jeffery to return his daughter Amina Al-Jeffery to the UK by 11th September 2016.

New data highlights the need for a law reform on cohabitation as it becomes the UK fastest growing family type

Published: 28th July 2016

The Office for National Statistics has recently released new data highlighting that more and more couples are cohabitating or choosing to live together before deciding to get married.

Programme Launched to Help Victims of 'Parental Alienation'

Published: 21st July 2016

A family breakdown is a testing time for both parents and children, but it can become particularly difficult when one parent begins to influence a child and alienate them against the other parent.

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