Interim orders for the sale of property by Lesley Smythe

April 19, 2018 0 comments

finances and divorce

It has been a long-standing principal of family law legislation that the courts cannot usually make an order for the sale of a property until proceedings have concluded. However, it is becoming increasingly common for lawyers to conclude that particular cases might benefit from such ‘interim’ orders. Here are some examples: Where the matrimonial home…

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22 year-old becomes first woman convicted of coercive behaviour

April 17, 2018 5 comments

domestic violence

A Fine Arts graduate has become the first woman to be convicted of ‘coercive control’ since the offence was created. The 22 year, from Hertfordshire, was arrested days after her boyfriend was taken to hospital with extensive scalding injuries after she had thrown boiling water over him. Neighbours had reported regular disturbances, the sound of…

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Senior Judge highlights evidence-based reasoning

April 16, 2018 2 comments

family law

The Senior President of Tribunals stressed the importance of evidence-based reasoning in a speech earlier this month. In a talk entitled The Role of the Justice System in Decision-making for Children, Sir Ernest Ryder said “Since the publication of the Family Justice Review in 2011, the family justice system has been undergoing a systematic programme…

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Financial remedies courts pilot to begin in West Midlands

April 13, 2018 1 comment

finances and divorce

The test run for the new financial remedies courts announced last year will begin in the West Midlands, the HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has announced. Additional pilots will follow in London and South-East Wales following a review of progress at the the Birmingham Civil and Family Justice Centre, which covers the West Midlands….

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