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Resolution bangs the drum for no fault divorce

April 20, 2018 0 comments

family law

Family law organisation Resolution has repeated its long-standing call for the introduction of no fault divorce at its National Conference in Bristol. Members highlighted the imminent arrival at the Supreme Court of the much-discussed Owens v Owens case, in which the eponymous Mrs Owens was refused a divorce on the grounds that she had failed…

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Cafcass figures, the Alfie Evans case and more

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April 20, 2018 0 comments

family law

A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for March 2018. In that month the service received a total of 1,238 care applications. This figure represents a 3.5 per cent increase in comparison with February 2018 and is the second highest monthly total for a…

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Interim orders for the sale of property by Lesley Smythe

April 19, 2018 1 comment

finances and divorce

It has been a long-standing principal of family law legislation that the courts cannot usually make an order for the sale of a property until proceedings have concluded. However, it is becoming increasingly common for lawyers to conclude that particular cases might benefit from such ‘interim’ orders. Here are some examples: Where the matrimonial home…

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22 year-old becomes first woman convicted of coercive behaviour

April 17, 2018 5 comments

domestic violence

A Fine Arts graduate has become the first woman to be convicted of ‘coercive control’ since the offence was created. The 22 year, from Hertfordshire, was arrested days after her boyfriend was taken to hospital with extensive scalding injuries after she had thrown boiling water over him. Neighbours had reported regular disturbances, the sound of…

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Senior Judge highlights evidence-based reasoning

April 16, 2018 2 comments

family law

The Senior President of Tribunals stressed the importance of evidence-based reasoning in a speech earlier this month. In a talk entitled The Role of the Justice System in Decision-making for Children, Sir Ernest Ryder said “Since the publication of the Family Justice Review in 2011, the family justice system has been undergoing a systematic programme…

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