Published: 9 February 2015
Recent figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that cohabitation is the quickest growing type of family in the UK.
Published: 28 January 2015
National charity The Family Rights Group (FRG) have completed a recent survey which highlights that 37% of siblings in care live apart from each other and that 49% of groups of siblings in care have been separated.
Published: 21 January 2015
The National Association for Child Contact Centres (NACCC) in England and Wales have revealed that Child Contact Centres are closing at an alarming rate - with 40 closures in the past 18 months - due to cuts to legal aid.
Published: 12 January 2015
A new survey, conducted by OnePlusOne - a support charity focused on strengthening relationships - has revealed that 1 in 4 parents living with their partner and children in Britain have quietly considered separating or even divorcing their partners.
Published: 5 January 2015
Family law firms across the country, including K J Smith Solicitors are expecting a surge in divorce enquiries throughout January - and for many firms, January can represent the busiest month of the year.
Published: 23 December 2014
New figures released by the Ministry of Justice highlights that the number of cases in the family courts where both parties have legal representation has almost halved since the removal of legal aid from family law cases.
Published: 16 December 2014
The Cohabitation Rights Bill is gathering pace and is now at the Committee Stage, following its second reading in the House of Lords.
Published: 10 December 2014
From today (10th December 2014) same sex couples wishing to convert to marriage can chose either a simple event registering their conversion or participating in a ceremony attended by family and friends.
Published: 9 December 2014
A heterosexual couple have launched a judicial review on their local council of Kensington and Chelsea after being refused the chance to hold a civil partnership ceremony.
Published: 4 December 2014
In October we reported on the case of Julia Hammans who had given up a financially lucrative career upon meeting her then future husband. We now have an update on the conclusion of the case.
Published: 4 December 2014
A new research study by national family law organisation Resolution has revealed the impact that divorce and separation can have on productivity and attendance in the British workplace.
Published: 25 November 2014
Home Secretary Theresa May is due to unveil changes to domestic abuse laws this week, which will give the police the power to treat emotional and psychological abuse on the same level of prosecution as domestic violence.
Published: 24 November 2014
If you are young and in good health you may think that you have no need for a Will. It’s only old people who die and need a Will isn’t it?
If these are your beliefs you are not alone.
Published: 18 November 2014
Official figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that there is a growing marriage gap between the rich and the poor, which raises the question, "is marriage becoming just for the wealthy?"
Published: 12 November 2014
A new set of guidelines have been published by the University of Manchester with the aim of trying to encourage more people to take up the role of a litigation friend in the Court of Protection.
Published: 10 November 2014
In honor of family law organisation Resoluton and their third Family Disupte Resolution week, we look at the alternatives to court for resolving conflict in family disputes.
Published: 5 November 2014
Over the past few weeks, a wave of support has been building for reforms to current cohabitation law so that couples who are unmarried are treated fairly if their relationship breaks down and they separate in the future.
Published: 3 November 2014
A new £1.4m a year initiative funded by the Ministry of Justice will provide legal support and advice to people who represent themselves in family and civil law cases, with the launch of a network of court-based advice centres throughout England and Wales.
Published: 29 October 2014
New plans announced by the government last week to support litigants in person have been criticised by national family law organisation Resolution, with their Vice-Chair labelling them as "a sticking plaster for a family justice system left seriously wounded by cuts to legal aid".
Published: 22 October 2014
The presumption of parental involvement outlined in the Children and Families Act 2014 will come into force on 22nd October 2014 and will apply to cases started on or after that date.