Published: 12 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.
Published: 30 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.
Published: 22 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.
Published: 14 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.
Published: 7 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.
Published: 27 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.
Published: 24 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.
Published: 20 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.
Published: 7 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.
Published: 3 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.