The court system: a bleak outlook

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April 26, 2017 2 comments

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There is something natural about someone who has come to the end of a career in a particular profession fearing for that profession’s future. After all, the profession will have changed enormously over the course of that career, and the way it looks at the end of the career may bear little relation to the…

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Wife not liable for husband’s loan

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April 25, 2017 0 comments

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Despite the passage of some forty years, the memory of studying the law of equity at university still gives me the shudders. I have mentioned here before the Chancery Division of the High Court, with its archaic and arcane practices. The law of equity was developed in the Chancery Division, and can thus be equally…

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Woman denied divorce aims for Supreme Court

April 24, 2017 0 comments

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A woman in her 60s who was denied a divorce last month plans to try and take her case to the Supreme Court. Tini Owens was married to her husband Hugh for more than 30 years but the relationship eventually broke down and she moved out of the couple’s home. She filed for divorce but…

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Civil partnerships for all backed by majority

April 24, 2017 1 comment

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A majority of British people now support the extension of civil patrnerships to all couples regardless of gender, new polling suggests. Polling firm Populus surveyed a representative sample of 2,000 British adults aged over 18. A full 57 per cent – or three in five – agreed with the statement that the government should “allow…

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Family law can be better

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April 20, 2017 14 comments

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The Sensible Party Manifesto 2017 Introduction Dear friend, We are a great country. With a great family justice system. But it can be so much better. Here at the Sensible Party we believe we can make a family justice system fit for the twenty-first century. The policies we set out in this manifesto will do…

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McKenzie Friends ‘exploit fathers’ rights groups’

April 20, 2017 11 comments

family law

A “significant minority” of professional McKenzie Friends exploit fathers’ rights groups according to new research. Writing for the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, Australian legal academic Angela Melville claimed that many professional McKenzie Friends who work regularly with members of fathers’ rights groups were “highly problematic” because they capitalise on “uncertainty and…

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You can’t circumvent the system

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April 19, 2017 18 comments

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We call it the ‘family justice system’. The third of those words is important: it is a complete system, designed to dispense family justice. That means that it provides everything required to thoroughly investigate matters relating to family justice, including procedures to review decisions and to ensure that, subject to any such review, those decisions…

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Wrongly imprisoned man’s damages claim allowed

April 13, 2017 1 comment

family law

A man who was wrongly imprisoned by a Judge in the Family Division of the High Court can proceed in his bid for damages. The Court of Appeal has unanimously ruled in favour of the man, who has only been identified as ‘LL’. In an April 2014 judgement by Ms Justice Russell, he was sentenced…

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