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Support building for changes to cohabitation law

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.

Ministry of Justice initiative will offer free support in family and civil law cases

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.

Government plans to support litigants in person doesn't address the wider problems

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".

Presumption of Parental Involvement comes into force on 22nd October 2014

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.

Only a quarter of couples using counselling to save marriages

Published: 21 October 2014

A recent survey has revealed that only a quarter of couples whose marriage is on the verge of breakdown use counselling services to try and save their marriage.

Be careful what you promise when you’re in love

Published: 20 October 2014

Be careful what you promise when you're in love... this warning is currently ringing in the ears of one man who has been ordered to pay his ex girlfriend more than £78,000 following their relationship breaking down.

If you sacrifice your career, do you sacrifice your future financial security?

Published: 16 October 2014

The starting point for the division of assets on divorce is one of equal division.  That said, the law states that there are a number of factors that allow departure from equality.  This latest blog looks at a particular case in the news and poses the question, if you sacrifice your career, do you sacrifice your future financial security?

A High Court judge warns that denial of legal aid in Court of Protection cases is a false economy

Published: 14 October 2014

High Court judge Mr Justice Baker has referred to the denial of legal in Court of Protection cases or in the Family Court as a 'false economy', as cases involving litigants in person tend to take considerably longer than usual cases where all parties have legal representation.

Same sex couples converting their civil partnerships will be issued backdated marriage certificates

Published: 8 October 2014

The Government Equalities Office has confirmed that they have scrapped plans for a 'certificate of conversion' and will instead issue backdated marriage certificates to same-sex couples wanting to convert their civil partnership into a marriage.

A child is for life - not just for Christmas

Published: 6 October 2014

Christmas is traditionally a time for families to come together, however for many separated parents and children it can be a difficult time.

Vulnerable young people are being harmed by the removal of legal aid

Published: 1 October 2014

The children's commissioner for England, Maggie Atkinson, has published a new report which expresses her concerns that children and young people are being denied justice due to the removal of legal aid, leaving them vulnerable and without proper legal representation.

Women warned not to date before divorce is finalised

Published: 29 September 2014

A top family judge has warned that women who have separated from their husbands shouldn't start new relationships whilst waiting for their divorce to be finalised, as it could harm their final settlement.

Family Mediation on the rise in the first half of 2014

Published: 19 September 2014

Nationwide family mediation service provider 'National Family Mediation' have revealed that there has been a significant increase in the number of couples opting to go to family mediation sessions from 1 January to 30th June 2014 - and a further increase is expected throughout the rest of the year.

Divorce taking much longer to complete for those who don’t use a solicitor

Published: 10 September 2014

Courts in England and Wales are seeing a marked increase in the length of time couples take to get divorced and this is largely due to in an increase in the number of individuals representing themselves in court.

Over a thousand same sex marriages in the first month since new law came into effect

Published: 3 September 2014

The Office of National Statistics have published the first same-sex marriage figures, which reveals that 1,409 same-sex marriages took place in the first month since the introduction of the new Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act on Saturday 29th March.

Rising divorce costs are forcing weaker parties to accept unfair settlements

Published: 27 August 2014

Family law firms have issued a warning that the rising cost of divorce settlements are forcing parties that are weaker financially into accepting unfair settlements.

The last series of changes to the Child Maintenance Service comes into effect

Published: 12 August 2014

The government have launched the last series of changes to the new Child Maintenance Service, which came into effect on Monday 11th August

Family Lawyers Could Face £100 Million Drop in Legal Aid Income

Published: 8 August 2014

High street firms that handle legal aid-funded family law cases could face a serious shortfall of legal aid fees. Mediation experts have estimated that they could soon see a drastic shortfall in legal aid fees year-on-year. Compared to the same time in 2012/2013, before the cuts, this could be up to £109 million.

Thousands of domestic abusers avoid criminal record by apologising

Published: 28 July 2014

New figures have revealed that thousands of domestic abusers have managed to avoid a criminal record after committing acts of domestic violence. This has been achieved simply by agreeing to apologise.

One in Five Social Workers Unware of April Changes to Children and Families Act

Published: 24 July 2014

Four months after the Children and Families Act was passed, nearly 20% of social workers remain unaware of the changes. This somewhat surprising figure was revealed in recent report published by the Victoria Climbié Foundation (VCF).

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