Finding fault, family law reform and more

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March 31, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law Following swiftly on from the Court of Appeal’s judgment in the Owens case, interim findings from research exploring how the current divorce law works in practice have been published. Key findings of the research include that the majority of divorces are based on ‘fault’, i.e. blaming one spouse for the…

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‘No fault divorce must not be sidelined by Brexit’

March 31, 2017 0 comments

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Brexit must not be allowed to sideline the introduction of a no fault divorce system, Resolution has insisted. The family law organisation has been a vocal campaigner for divorce law reform for a number of years. At a national conference in Birmingham this week, chair Nigel Shepherd highlighed the much discused Owens v Owens case,…

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Open and monogamous relationships are ‘equally happy’

March 31, 2017 2 comments

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People in open relationships are just as happy as those in monogamous ones, a new study suggests. In a survey of 2,124 people, researchers from the University of Michigan (UM) found that those in consensual open relationships experience high levels of satisfaction and ‘passionate love’. This is the intense feeling people feel in the early…

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Domestic violence surges in Wales

March 30, 2017 25 comments

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The number of domestic violence crimes committed in Wales rose by almost a quarter between 2013 and 2015. Figures from Welsh police forces show that episodes of domestic abuse and violence increased from 8,272, in 2013 to 10,230 in 2015. This represents a 23 per cent upturn, however they did not all lead to convictions….

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Court back father’s plan to take son to dangerous area

March 30, 2017 3 comments

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The father of a five year-old boy may take him to an occasionally dangerous country, the High Court has ruled. The case concerned an “Asian” man and his partner, who came from an unspecified European country. Both have studied and worked in England for a number of years. Following their acrimonious separation shortly after the…

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Tory MP introduces shared parenting bill

March 30, 2017 10 comments

family law

Conservative MP Suella Fernandes has introduced a bill in the House of Commons which aims to reform the way child contact is decided following a divorce. This legislation, called the Family Justice Bill 2016-17, would establish a presumption of shared parenting in child arrangement orders. Fernandes believes that the current system is failing non-resident parents…

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Banker told to pay ex-wife “significant sums”

March 30, 2017 1 comment

finances and divorce

A successful banker has failed in his bid to appeal against an order that he must pay large sums owed to his ex-wife. In a long-running financial dispute following the couple’s divorce, the former husband sought a reduction in or cancellation of court-ordered maintenace payments, claiming he could not afford them. But he failed to…

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