No-fault divorce, domestic abuse and more

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April 7, 2017 3 comments

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A week in family law Speaking at the national conference of Resolution, the association of family lawyers, Chair Nigel Shepherd has repeated the organisation’s call for the introduction of a system of no-fault divorce. Referring to the recent Owens case he said: “It’s simply wrong in this day and age that someone should be forced…

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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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Brexit, divorce and more

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March 24, 2017 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The High Court has held that a ten year old boy, who has been brought up as a Muslim, must attend an Islamic faith school in London, despite his father’s objections. The father described himself as an “Anglo-Saxon” atheist, said he wanted his son to have a secular education.  His…

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Contributions, inheritance and more

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March 17, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Cafcass – the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for Febuary 2017. In that month the service received a total of 1,134 care applications, which is an 8 per cent decrease compared to those received…

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A difficult decision, an expensive row, and more

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March 10, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law The government has dropped controversial plans to allow councils to apply for exemptions from children’s social care law, the Department for Education has confirmed. The plans would have allowed local authorities to seek exemptions from statutory duties on child protection for up to six years, to allow them to test…

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A tribute, a short marriage and more

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March 3, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has paid tribute to his predecessor Sir Nicholas Wall, who died earlier this month, having reportedly taken his own life after being diagnosed with dementia. In a lengthy tribute Sir James said: “Sir Nicholas Wall was indisputably one of the outstanding family…

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Discrimination, two new statutes and more

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February 24, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law A couple who had their one-week old child removed from them by the local authority while still in the hospital maternity ward had their human rights breached, the Family Court has held. The local authority, Kirklees Council, received a referral from the maternity ward which raised concerns about the parents’…

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Cafcass figures, divorce nonsense and more

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February 17, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for January 2017, and the upward trend has returned. In that month the service received a total of 1,119 care applications, which is a 7 per cent increase…

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