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The Ministry of Justice Increases Divorce Fees by 34%

Published: 31 March 2016

On 21st March 2016, the Ministry of Justice increased divorce fees from £410 to £550. With the announcement being made at short notice and with a distinct lack of publicity, the fee increases have caught many family lawyers – and their clients – off guard.

Upper Tribunal Judge Offers Guidance on intimidation in child support cases

Published: 23 March 2016

An Upper Tribunal judge has addressed the concerns of parents who have worries about attending child support hearings for fear of intimidation from their former partners.

Do you need permission to take your children out of the country after Separation?

Published: 16 March 2016

Many separated parents are unaware that they may need permission from the other parent to take their child(ren) out of the jurisdiction of England and Wales on holiday. Legally, where parents are separated and one parent wants to take the child(ren) out of the country temporarily, on holiday for example, the parent removing the child(ren) may need to obtain permission from every person with Parental Responsibility - which means those with the legal rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority a parent has for a child and the child's property.

Rights of Cohabiting Couples and the “Common Law” Marriage Myth

Published: 14 March 2016

One of the most common misconceptions in family law is the idea that cohabiting couples have the same rights as married couples.  In a survey undertaken in 2013 by OneplusOne, a surprising share of respondents (approximately 40%) believed that simply living together without being married gave couples the same rights as married couples.

Top Family Judges in Disagreement over Divorce Privacy

Published: 9 March 2016

High Court Family Judge Mr Justice Moor has warned that a disagreement between senior members of the judiciary over privacy in high value divorce cases "needs to be dealt with" and that clarification from the Court of Appeal over what private information the public has access to is long overdue.

Could a 'no fault divorce' system benefit the UK?

Published: 4 March 2016

There has been much debate over the years as to whether the UK should adopt a 'no fault divorce' system. Although other countries have successfully adopted this system, the postponement of the second reading of the No Fault Divorce Bill to 11th March 2016 suggests it is still some way off. But would a 'no fault divorce' option actually benefit the UK?

ONS report reveals almost 2m people were victims of domestic abuse last year

Published: 1 March 2016

A recent report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that almost 2 million people have been victims of abuse from partners or family members over the past year.

Campaigners call for the extension of civil partnerships to heterosexual couples

Published: 12 February 2016

On 13th January 2016, campaigners, MPs and family lawyers hosted a discussion panel to explore the possibility of extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

Can you apply for a mortgage when your income comes from child support?

Published: 9 February 2016

Many divorcing and separating couples believe that they can't successfully apply for a mortgage when their sole income (or the majority of their income) is made up from payments of child support, but is this true?

The Importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney

Published: 13 January 2016

We are all aware of the benefits of drawing up a will so that you can make provisions for the winding up of your affairs after death, but too few people understand the benefits of having a Lasting Power of Attorney.

88% of people in the South East leave life-changing decisions in the hands of strangers

Published: 5 January 2016

An alarming new report reveals that people in the South East of England are leaving major decisions about housing, assets and care to chance.

UK'S First Online Dispute Resolution System Set to Launch in Spring 2016

Published: 5 January 2016

One of the largest providers of relationship support in the UK, Relate, are set to launch a new online dispute resolution (ODR) system this Spring.

Increase to court fees would be like introducing 'divorce tax', say Resolution

Published: 15 December 2015

Resolution Chair Jo Edwards addressed MPs at a hearing at the House of Commons last week to express her concerns about rising divorce fees, fearing that it could price some couples out of access to justice in the family courts.

Second Reading of 'No Fault Divorce' Bill to take place in the New Year

Published: 9 December 2015

The second reading of the 'No Fault Divorce' Bill is set to take place in the House of Commons on 22nd January 2016.

Children in foster care make better progress at school, new research suggests

Published: 1 December 2015

Researchers at Bristol and Oxford University have published new research which suggests that children in foster care achieve better grades and make more progress at school than other vulnerable children who stay with their families in a troubled environment.

New survey reveals children of divorce would rather their parents separate then stay together for their sake

Published: 24 November 2015

A new survey conducted by national family law organisation Resolution has revealed that 82% of young people who have been affected by divorce would rather see their parents separate then stay together for the sake of their children.

Husband wins the right to contest marriage on the grounds of bigamy

Published: 17 November 2015

A husband has been granted the right to contest that his marriage of almost 30 years should be nullified on the grounds of bigamy.

New figures reveal Cohabitation is the fastest growing family type in the UK

Published: 10 November 2015

New figures released last week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK.

A quarter of fault-based divorces are deliberately misleading the courts, say Resolution

Published: 3 November 2015

National family law organisation Resolution have called for an end to the current fault-based divorce system in England and Wales, as they say that over a quarter of fault-based divorces are based on false allegations of fault in order to make securing a divorce easier.

Over 15,000 same-sex marriages have taken place since the new law came into force

Published: 28 October 2015

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published figures revealing that 15,098 same-sex marriages have taken place since they were first introduced in England and Wales on 29th March 2014 by the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

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