Online divorce service set for expansion

October 31, 2017 1 comment

family law

Couples throughout England and Wales may soon be able to divorce online, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals service (HMCTS) has announced. This scheme will be included as part of a £1 billion investment from the government to reform the justice system. Currently, all applications for divorce must be done on paper and sent in to…

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Government announces child maintenance ‘clampdown’

October 31, 2017 16 comments

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The government has announced a new measure to prevent parents avoiding child maintenance payments. At the moment, child maintenance payments can only be claimed from a bank or building society account held in the paying parent’s sole name. As a result, some parents who do not wish to make the required payments will put their…

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Muslim father cannot discuss Islam with children

October 30, 2017 1 comment

family law

A devout Muslim father has been told he cannot discuss Islam with his three children in a ‘pressurising’ way. The children are currently being cared for by a Christian foster family. They were taken into care following the loss of their mother, who died as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. The biological parents…

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Divorce law ‘increases conflict’ between couples

October 30, 2017 3 comments

family law

The current divorce law in England and Wales unnecessarily increases conflict between separating spouses, a charity claims. In research published today, the Nuffield Foundation suggested that divorce petitions often do not accurately represent why a marriage broke down and called for the introduction of no fault divorce. Currently, couples in England and Wales who want…

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Chief Rabbi rejects divorce refuser

October 29, 2017 3 comments

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The Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Lau, is reported to have rejected a candidate for the post of judge in the rabbinical courts because he had previously refused to grant his wife a divorce. The traditional Jewish divorce procedure requires a husband to give his wife a get, a formal divorce document. This contains the…

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Sir James considers covert recordings

October 28, 2017 3 comments

family law

The Family Justice Council should examine the use of covert recordings in family cases, the President of the Family Court has declared. Sir James Munby said the use of covertly recorded conversations as evidence in cases was increasingly common and needed due consideration. The issue arose in a case concerning an 11 year-old girl, whose…

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HMCTS outlines digital progress

October 27, 2017 0 comments

family law

The CEO of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has outlined progress towards the development of online court facilities. In a new blog post, Susan Acland-Hood explains that the Service has now launched a first set of internet options, called “online routes to justice”. These deal with applications for divorce and probate, as well…

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