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You have the kids, I'll keep the dog

Published: 17 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: 8 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: 2 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: 24 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.

Longest Family Court Case in History Comes to an End

Published: 18 June 2014

A case involving a teenage girl who has been refusing to see her father has finally concluded following 13 years of court hearings, making it the longest case ever seen within the family division of the High Court - at a cost of £1 million to taxpayers.

New forced marriage legislation comes into effect

Published: 16 June 2014

New laws criminalising forced marriage in England and Wales have come into effect today, carrying a maximum penalty of 7 years in prison.

Social media used as evidence in divorce proceedings to track hidden assets

Published: 10 June 2014

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are being used by solicitors to uncover hidden assets during divorce proceedings. Magistrates can now grant permission for social media sites to be used to disclosure private information without the defendants knowledge, in order to assess whether a person has lied about their personal wealth.

Legal Aid Cuts are Penalising Parents and Children in the Family Courts

Published: 4 June 2014

Magistrates in the family courts have warned that legal aid cuts are penalising low income and single parent families - creating an unfair two-tier system of those that can afford legal representation and those who cannot.

Parents are told to agree to the new child maintenance arrangements or face additional fees

Published: 29 May 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions will be issuing letters to more than 50,000 parents across the UK who manage their child maintenance payments through the previous Child Support Agency (CSA) system - and are being told that if they use the new system and fail to reach an amicable solution then they will face additional fees.

The Children Society's report highlights problem debt is putting stress on children and families

Published: 19 May 2014

A report from The Children's Society and Charity StepChange has highlighted that problem debt is putting a huge amount of strain on families and children, trapping them in an endless spiral of borrowing and leaving them in financial hardship.

Reported rise in couples wanting pre-nuptial agreements

Published: 13 May 2014

Family law firms and divorce solicitors across the country have reported a rise in the number of couples requesting pre-nuptial agreements following signs that they could soon become legally binding in the UK.

New Child Maintenance Online Tool Kit Released

Published: 7 May 2014

A new child maintenance tool kit has been released online by the Department of Work and Pensions to provide organisations and child maintenance clients with the latest information about changes to child maintenance and to aid the phasing out of the old Child Support Agency (CSA) system.

New research finds children living with step-parents are just as happy as those living with biological parents

Published: 28 April 2014

A recent study, completed by senior researchers at one of Britain's leading social research institutes NatCen, has found that children are 'no less happy' living with a lone parent or step-parents then they are living with both biological parents.

New family justice reform comes into force

Published: 23 April 2014

The largest family justice reform of a generation has come into effect, which will see major changes to the family justice system, as well as a new combined Family Court in England and Wales.

Husband kills wife's pet ram during divorce battle and is ordered to pay £170k a year

Published: 16 April 2014

A high court judge has ordered a wealthy businessman to pay his ex-wife maintenance fees of £170,000 a year after he killed her pet ram at their home in the south of France.

Resolution allies with credit provider to help couples fund separation

Published: 10 April 2014

National organisation of family lawyers Resolution have revealed that they can now offer unsecured loans to help separating couples fund court cases, due to a new partnership with credit provider Iceberg Client Credit.

New law being considered to stop emotional abuse of children

Published: 2 April 2014

Following a recent campaign by children's charity Action for Children, the government are considering the introduction of new laws to punish parents who emotionally neglect their children.

Children separated from their families must have access to court records says senior family judge

Published: 24 March 2014

The President of the Family Division and Britain's most senior family judge, Sir James Munby, has called on the family courts and the Court of Protection to allow children who have been separated from their families access to court records, so they understand the reasons behind a judge's decision.

250,000 more children living with both birth parents

Published: 19 March 2014

Figures released in the latest Family Stability Indicator have revealed that the number of children living with both birth parents had risen by a quarter of a million in 2012 when compared to the previous year.

'Clare's Law' introduced to help tackle domestic violence

Published: 12 March 2014

A new Domestic Violence Disclosure scheme for England and Wales has come into effect to help tackle domestic violence claims, by allowing people to contact the police to check if their partner has any previous history of domestic abuse.

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