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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.

Couples should be allowed to apply for ‘no fault divorce’, says Conservative MP

Published: 23 October 2015

A conservative MP has proposed a new No Fault Divorce Bill that would allow separating couples to divorce without the need of blame to be assigned to either party. Richard Bacon MP, believes that it could work by allowing couples to sign a declaration which states that there is no direct fault for the break up and that the marriage has 'irretrievably' broken down.

Civil Partnerships for Heterosexual Couples set to be discussed in Parliament

Published: 20 October 2015

Tory MP Tim Loughton plans to introduce a new bill which will be debated in Parliament on Wednesday that will propose changes to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 to remove the term 'same-sex' from current legislation, making civil partnerships available for heterosexual couples for the first time.

Innocent Guildford couple 'unlikely to see their child again'

Published: 13 October 2015

A couple from Guildford who were wrongly accused of abuse have been told they are 'unlikely to see their child again' despite new evidence clearing them of any wrong doing.

Loss of privacy is forcing high net worth couples into negotiated divorce settlements

Published: 8 October 2015

High net worth and celebrity couples are now opting for negotiated divorce settlements to avoid going to court for fear of losing their privacy, with many high profile divorce cases being reported in the press and sensitive information like personal details, financial arrangements and the division of assets being revealed to the public.

MoJ Legal Aid Statistics Highlight a 33 Percent Increase in Mediation Starts

Published: 29 September 2015

The Legal Aid in England and Wales statistical bulletin for April - June 2015 has highlighted an increase in mediation starts over the last quarter of 33%, compared to the same period in 2014.

New Research Favours Unbundling of Family Law Services to Better Serve Consumers

Published: 22 September 2015

New research has highlighted that legal professionals and consumers believe unbundling family law services would better serve consumers as an alternative to full-service legal representation.

Cuts to legal aid is putting pressure on charities as applications for legal assistance have almost doubled in the past 3 years

Published: 15 September 2015

Charities such as the Bar Pro Bono Unit are facing mounting pressure from people who need legal assistance, with the number of applications almost doubling over the past three years, due to widespread legal aid cuts in England and Wales.

New 'no fault divorce' study due to start in October 2015

Published: 8 September 2015

A new study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, is due to commence in October 2015 and will explore the concept of fault in the divorce system and whether a 'no fault' divorce system could work in England and Wales.

Businessman wins legal battle with ex-wife over £20 million classic car collection

Published: 2 September 2015

A Judge from the Family Division of the High Court in London has dismissed an estranged ex-wife's claim for a share of her ex-husbands classic car collection, worth over £20 million.

Courts see steep rise in grandparents applying for parental responsibility

Published: 25 August 2015

The courts have reported a significant rise in the number of grandparents applying for Special Guardianship Orders to assume parental responsibility for their grandchildren, which has seen an increase of almost 50% in the last four years.

Law Society calls for better enforcement of financial orders without jailing debtors

Published: 19 August 2015

The Law Society are calling for better enforcement of family financial orders but have opposed plans by the Law Commission to introduce punishments for debtors, such as curfews, driving disqualifications, bans on leaving the country and even imprisonment.

More couples seeking divorce are using family mediation, as calls to helpline double in past year

Published: 11 August 2015

A nationwide provider of family mediation services in England and Wales have revealed that their mediation helpline has seen the number of calls double in the past year, highlighting that more divorcing couples are opting for family mediation to settle their differences, rather than going to court.

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