New edition of ‘At a Glance’ published by the Family Law Bar Association
Despite its subtitle – Essential Tables for Financial Remedies – the book does not exclusively consist of financial tables, although those present are pretty comprehensive, covering everything from school fees to social security and most relevant financial factors in between. We find, for example, increases to the Retail Prices Index (RPI) and all three current formulae for calculating child support set out in the tables. The book provides net and gross income tables to help in calculating the available income of both parties in a divorce. Also included are the Duxbury Tables – aka the Duxbury Calculations – used to calculate a lump sum that can be drawn by a partner as maintenance for the rest of their life.
At A Glance sets out the entire procedure for a financial remedy application in step-by- step form, with check lists for at each stage and key pension information.
The book also contains a host of case law on every possible topic in the field.. We find key extracts from the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, which defines divorce and marriage law, as well important sections from EU family legislation Brussels II Revised and the Family Procedure Rules 2010. As the name suggests, the latter set out the procedures for family courts in England and Wales.
The FBLA has been publishing new editions of At A Glance for more than two decades. The 2013-2014 edition includes the latest figures and changes to the featured legislation, as well as a punchy preface summarising the many recent changes to the family law landscape with a touch of resigned black humour.
The FBLA describes At A Glance as ‘the bible’ for family lawyers involved in financial cases and I think that is a perfectly fair description. It is a treasure trove of information. Yes, it is not cheap, but along with @eGlance, its software sidekick, At A Glance is an indispensable toolkit for every family lawyer, and one that could be very useful too for litigants in person who want a deeper understanding of the technical side of a case. I strongly recommend it.
The Family Law Bar Association is a leading organisation for family barristers and has over 2.500 members.
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