Bach to the future?

September 25, 2017 0 comments

legal aid

If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. Marty McFly I’ve written here often about the abolition of legal aid for most private law family matters back in 2013, under the dreaded Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). That, of course, was a crucial moment in the demise…

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Male DV victim reaches settlement after his address revealed

September 25, 2017 0 comments

domestic violence

An ambassador for a male domestic violence charity has reached an out-of-court settlement with a council which published his address. Ian McNicholl suffered violence a decade ago at the hands of a woman who subsequently received a seven year jail sentence for GBH. Later he informed Hull City Council that he remained in fear for…

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Millions missing out on ‘marriage tax break’

September 25, 2017 0 comments

family life

More than two million couples eligible for the much heralded marriage tax break are not claiming, HMRC has reported. If spouse in a married couple earns less than the minimal amount on which income tax is payable (currently £11,000 per year), the scheme allows them to transfer part of their ‘tax-free personal allowance’ (as earnings…

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Parents of boys save more for college

September 25, 2017 0 comments

family law

Parents who only have boys save more money for their children’s college education than those who have girls. In a recent survey of more than 1,000 parents with children between eight and 14 years old, half of those who only had sons already had money saved for higher education. However this was only true of…

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Older men’s health suffers with wealthier wives

September 24, 2017 1 comment

family law

Older men’s health suffers if they married a woman who earns more money than they do, a new study indicates. Researchers from Rutgers University in New Jersey found this was especially the case for men born between 1931 and 1941 who would now be in their 70s and 80s. They appeared to have poor overall…

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Parents get 1 hour a day to themselves

September 23, 2017 0 comments

family law

British parents get less than one hour to themselves every day, a new study has revealed. A poll of 2,000 parents found that, on average, the amount of time they have to themselves in a single day is just 48 minutes. For most this does not occur until almost 9pm but one in ten does…

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Lawyers should embrace technology says President

September 22, 2017 1 comment

family court

The family justice system must recognise an increasing appetite for online options, the President of the Family Division has declared. Speaking at YRes, a conference for recently qualified solicitors, Sir James Munby highlighted the growing importance of technology in the delivery of justice. While acknowledging that not every case is suitable for processing via the…

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Cafcass figures, McKenzie friends, and more

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September 22, 2017 0 comments

family law

A week in family law Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for August 2017, and the news was again mixed. In that month the service received a total of 1,241 care applications, which is a 1.5 per cent decrease compared with those received in August 2016, giving further…

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The Supreme Court: Under new management (from Solicitors Journal)

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September 22, 2017 1 comment

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This article was first published by Solicitors Journal on 05/09/17, and is reproduced by kind permission. The magazine closes at the end of September. From 2 October the Supreme Court will be under new management as Baroness Hale of Richmond assumes the role of president, following the retirement of her (actually slightly younger) colleague, Lord Neuberger of…

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