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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.

Affairs with same-sex partners is not classed as adultery, according to UK Law

Published: 5 August 2015

A women who was married to her partner for 20 years before discovering he was involved with numerous different same-sex partners has been told that she can't divorce on the grounds of adultery, as UK law states that adultery only applies when it involves intercourse with a member of the opposite sex.

More wives are wanting their divorces settled in the South in the hope of larger payouts

Published: 28 July 2015

Family law firms across the country are reporting an upward trend of wives wanting their divorce cases settled in London in the hope of receiving a larger payout, creating a North-South divide in how divorce cases are settled by the courts.

‘Delboy’ millionaire loses £900,000 divorce battle

Published: 20 July 2015

Millionaire Michael Harris, who refers to himself as ‘Delboy’, has lost abattle against his ex-wife Linda Capehorn relating to property worth £900,000.

Millionaire husband could face jail for failing to commit to divorce settlement

Published: 17 July 2015

A multi-millionaire oil tycoon may be facing prison for up to 4 weeks due to unpaid maintenance of more than £360,000, as well as the failure to pay the awarded sum from the divorce settlement to his ex-wife.

Senior Judge highlights the savagery of cuts to legal aid

Published: 7 July 2015

Senior Judge Sir Nicholas Mostyn has strongly criticised the government cuts to legal aid in a speech in Australia about access to justice in family proceedings.

Violence against women and girls reaches a record number of prosecutions, new figures reveal

Published: 1 July 2015

A new report from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has revealed a record number of prosecutions for offences involving violence against women and girls in England and Wales over the last 12 months.

Leading domestic violence charity say children are the "forgotten victims of domestic violence"

Published: 23 June 2015

Leading domestic violence charity Refuge say that children are the "forgotten victims of domestic violence" and that many of them witness violence in the home, with as many as 1 in 3 women being injured at the hands of their partners by the time they seek professional help.

New research suggests dads spend more times with sons than daughters following separation

Published: 16 June 2015

New research, conducted by the Nuffield Foundation, has highlighted that dads are more likely to have regular contact with a son than a daughter following a split from their partners.

The Supreme Court see rise in divorcees challenging court orders due to false information

Published: 9 June 2015

The number of divorcees appealing to the Supreme Court and seeking new financial settlements due to their ex-partners providing misleading information is on the rise.

Government plan pension amendments to stop divorcees exploiting loopholes

Published: 2 June 2015

The Government are proposing plans to amend pension regulations that came into effect earlier in the year, as they fear that divorcees are exploiting loopholes in the new system which could leave their ex-partners with nothing.

New study finds link between mental health problems in men and domestic violence

Published: 28 May 2015

The University of Bristol has carried out a study into the link between men being victims of or committing domestic abuse with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

Judge urges divorcing couple to end 'awful' legal battle and reach a settlement

Published: 22 May 2015

A former beauty queen has been urged to reach an agreement in a recent divorce settlement after running up legal bills of more than £1,000,000. Mrs Fields – formerly known as Ekaterina Parfenova, has reportedly asked for a lump sum of £2.6 million and £500,000 per year after that.

Divorcees urged to protect pension benefits following pension reform

Published: 11 May 2015

Divorcees who have previously set up pension earmarking orders have been urged to protect their pension benefits, due to unintended consequences that have been brought about by pension reforms.

Varying a Foreign Maintenance Order Post the Maintenance Regulation

Published: 8 May 2015

James Roberts, barrister of 1 King’s Bench Walk, and Catherine Silwal , Senior Solicitor with KJ Smith Solicitors, analyse the law relating to variation of foreign maintenance orders and the effect of the EU Maintenance Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009).

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