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College of Policing Pilot Scheme aims to tackle Coercive Control

Published: 30 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: 23 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: 13 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: 12 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: 2 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: 18 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: 11 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: 28 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: 21 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.

Guidance on ‘Financial Needs’ on Divorce published by the Family Justice Council

Published: 12 July 2016

The Family Justice Council have published a new report entitled 'Guidance on 'Financial Needs' on Divorce', which follows on from their guidance for Litigants in Person (as reported in a previous blog) entitled 'Sorting Out Finances on Divorce'. This new guidance comes as a response to a recommendation by the Law Commission in their 'Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements'consultation published in February 2014.

Members of the EU agree on new regulations on matrimonial property for international couples

Published: 4 July 2016

18 European Union member states have reached an agreement on two new regulations, aimed at making the rules clearer on cross-border property disputes between married or registered couples of different EU nationalities, or for parties that own property in another EU member state.

Brexit - What might it mean for Family Law?

Published: 30 June 2016

On Friday 24th June 2016, the nation awoke to the – for many, rather surprising – news that the UK had voted to leave the European Union. The result of the EU referendum has caused a great deal of uncertainty and confusion as to how the UK will cope with its decision to leave the EU.

Family courts need to encourage more evidence given by Children, says President of the Family Division

Published: 24 June 2016

Chief Judge and President of the Family Division of the High Court, Sir James Munby, has called on the family courts to do more to encourage children giving evidence in court and has claimed that while there has been a 'sea-change' in attitudes to children giving evidence, more still needs to be done.

The ex-wife of gay rugby player calls for same-sex affairs to be recognised in divorce law

Published: 16 June 2016

The ex-wife of rugby league star Keegan Hirst has called for divorce laws to be amended to recognise affairs between same-sex partners.  The ex-wife, mother-of-three Sara Wilson, was informed that she could not file for divorce on the grounds of 'suspected adultery' as the law states that adultery can only take place between men and women.

Divorced husband granted permission to challenge former mother-in-law's Will

Published: 9 June 2016

A divorced husband who questioned the validity of his former mother-in-law's Will has been granted permission to challenge the Will by the Court of Appeal.

20 per cent of UK Couples close to separating, say Relate

Published: 3 June 2016

A new study by nationwide counselling charity Relate has highlighted that one in five couples in the UK are considering separation. Relate questioned married or cohabiting couples for their 'Understanding Society' survey, and the findings suggest that as many as 2.87 million people are in unhappy or 'distressed' relationships.

New Guidance issued on evidence obtained illegally in the family courts

Published: 25 May 2016

The Bar Council Ethics Committee have issued new guidance on illegally-obtained evidence in the family and civil courts to provide ethical assistance to counsel in cases where evidence has or may have been obtained illegally.

Number of marriages in England and Wales falls for the first time since 2009

Published: 16 May 2016

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that the number of marriages that took place in England and Wales in 2013 fell for the first time since 2009. In 2013 there were 240,854 marriages, which is 8.6% less than the previous year (2012).

Courts in England and Wales still among the most generous with divorce settlements

Published: 9 May 2016

A recent report has revealed that England and Wales are still among the most generous countries when it comes to divorce settlements, despite the government's efforts to make ex-spouses more financially independent by providing for themselves.

New chair of Resolution Issues Rallying Cry for No Fault Divorce

Published: 29 April 2016

In his first speech in his new role as chair of national family law organisation Resolution, Nigel Shepherd has called for family lawyers to continue to lobby for ‘no fault’ divorces in England and Wales.

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