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A week of family law reform, legal aid and observations from the Specialist Domestic Violence Courts

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August 10, 2018 0 comments

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As I reported here, the seventh annual report on the implementation of Law Commission recommendations has been published. In the field of family law, there are three very important recommendations that have not yet been implemented, and that are awaiting a Government decision on implementation. They comprise reforms to clarify the law on financial remedies,…

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Father fails to overturn an order for no direct contact

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August 7, 2018 5 comments

Young girl in a field

The case PA v CK & Others contains so many classic issues and facts typical of a protracted contact dispute: almost unrelenting litigation, ‘custodial’ parent in a new relationship, child ‘alienated’ against ‘non-custodial’ parent, ‘non-custodial’ parent refusing to accept findings against him, numerous attempts by the court and various professionals to resolve matters, but without…

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To have and to hold: the first National Surrogacy week concludes today

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August 7, 2018 1 comment

Baby crib

Today marks the close of the very first National Surrogacy week, with various organisations involved including Surrogacy UK and Brilliant Beginnings who are both non-profit surrogacy agencies. Despite high-profile surrogacy cases including Kim Kardashian-West, Elton John, Nicole Kidman and more recently Tom Daly, it is still widely misunderstood. For some insight into the legal complexities,…

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Italy v England: What is the difference between an Italian and English prenup?

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August 6, 2018 0 comments

Rome and London

Nearly every nation in the world allows its residents to divorce. The procedure and requirements to obtain a divorce, however, vary greatly between jurisdictions. Some countries allow divorce by consent (also known as no-fault divorce), including the Netherlands, Scotland and France. Others, such as Ireland, do not. Starting this week, we are running a new…

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