Law Commission to examine surrogacy law

December 18, 2017 1 comment

The Law Commission is to examine the current law on surrogacy in England and Wales. The Commission was established in 1965 to keep English law under ongoing review and to recommend reform where necessary. It undertakes regular ‘programmes of law reform’ in which the commissioners consult on which areas to examine next, and then submit…

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Stowe Family Law explains prenups to huge US audience

December 1, 2017 0 comments

marriage

Stowe Family Law Senior Partner Julian Hawkhead has been quoted in popular US magazine US Weekly, discussing the possibility that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might sign a prenuptial agreement before their forthcoming wedding. US Weekly is a celebrity and entertainment-focused publication with a circulation comfortably exceeding two million. Writing for the many fans of…

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ONS claims domestic violence increase

October 24, 2017 2 comments

family law

Reported incidents of domestic violence increased by close to 20 per cent last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced. In its newly published Crime in England and Wales: year ending June 2017, the ONS say 511,319 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to the Police over the year, a sizeable 18 percent…

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Scotland ‘should raise age of criminal responsibility’

October 10, 2017 0 comments

prison, children, parents

Scotland should raise the age of criminal responsibility to 15 rather than the currently planned 12, the Children’s Commissioner has claimed. Currently the age of criminal responsibility north of the border is just eight, the lowest in all of Europe – but the Scottish government plans to raise it to 12, bringing it into line…

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MP proposes domestic violence register

October 3, 2017 8 comments

family law

A Welsh MP has proposed a domestic violence register for anyone convicted of the crime. Liz Saville Roberts is the Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd. Her proposed method to protect people from becoming victims would require anyone found guilty of domestic violence to submit their name, date of birth, home address and National Insurance…

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20% drop in legal aid providers

September 20, 2017 23 comments

family law

The number of legal aid providers across England and Wales has fallen by 20 per cent in the last five years. This drop was revealed by government figures obtained by Shadow Justice Minister Gloria De Piero. The statistics show that the biggest reduction occurred in Wales, which has lost 29 per cent of providers since…

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Child bride seeks end of underage marriage in UK

September 4, 2017 1 comment

family law

A girl who was married at 14 has urged the British government to outlaw the practice for 16 and 17 year olds. Born and raised in Afghanistan, the girl was only 13 when her family told her that she had been engaged to a relative of hers who lived in London. She was bitterly opposed…

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Statistics, court profits and more

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July 21, 2017 1 comment

family law

A week in family law The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been busy this week. Firstly, they have published population estimates by marital status and living arrangements in England and Wales, for the period from 2002 to 2016. The statistics showed that there were 24.1 million people in England and Wales who were married…

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Wealthy husband challenges wife’s ‘divorce tourism’

July 7, 2017 2 comments

family law

An aristocrat has launched an appeal against his wife’s maintenance and accused her of “divorce tourism”. The couple had been together for 17 years and lived in an 18th century manor in Dunbartonshire, Scotland. However, when they separated in 2012, the publishing baron’s wife moved to Notting Hill in West London with their daughter. The…

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