Non-disclosure, deceiving a family court and more

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October 21, 2016 0 comments

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A week in family law Here’s my pick from this week’s crop of family law-related stories: The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by a civil partner against the estate of her former partner, who she claims hid assets when entering into a financial settlement following the dissolution of their civil partnership. In 2010…

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Adoption, divorce, transparency and more

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October 7, 2016 0 comments

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A week in family law There may not have been many very big family law news stories this week, but there was certainly still a lot going on: Statistics published by the Department for Education have shown that the number of children being adopted has fallen for the first time in more than four years….

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Care demand, arbitration and more

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September 16, 2016 0 comments

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A week in family law As the summer subsides, the family law news picks up… The Office for National Statistics has published its latest figures in relation to the formation and dissolution of civil partnerships. The figures show that civil partnership formations have declined by 85 per cent since 2013, as a result of the…

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Domestic abuse, closing refuges and more

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September 9, 2016 2 comments

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A week in family law Family law news this week was actually dominated by criminal, rather than civil, matters: The police are failing to use a new law against coercive domestic abuse, a Freedom of Information request has disclosed. Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015, which came into force on 29 December last,…

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Three cases, a Convention, and more

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September 2, 2016 0 comments

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A week in family law There was not a lot of family law news, as the summer vacation continued, but three children cases in the news this week (although not necessarily decided this week) caught my eye. The first case was Re A Child, decided by Her Honour Judge Black in the Portsmouth Family Court…

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A Bill of Rights, fixed fees and more

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August 26, 2016 0 comments

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A week in family law The August sun may have discouraged a lot of activity in the field of family law this week, but there has still been quite enough to talk about: “Aggressive” emails that a father sent to a social worker during the course of care proceedings contributed to a judge’s decision to…

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Cafcass plans, a biased system and more

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August 19, 2016 1 comment

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A week in family law It’s been another blissfully quiet week, as many family judges and lawyers enjoy the summer vacation sunshine, although there have still been one or two things to talk about… Anthony Douglas, the Chief Executive of Cafcass, has said that Cafcass is working with the Ministry of Justice, the Department for…

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