Make this part of your family law toolkit

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April 8, 2016 0 comments

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Sometimes in life you stumble across things that you wish you’d known about before.  I have just come across Law for Life, a charitable foundation set up promote public legal education. It aims to ‘to equip ordinary people with the knowledge, confidence and skills that they need to deal effectively with everyday law-related issues’. It…

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Guide to divorce finance for litigants in person

April 5, 2016 0 comments

finances and divorce

A guide to financial matters during divorce has been published by the Family Justice Council. Sorting Out Finances on Divorce is aimed at litigants in person – people ending their marriages or civil partnerships without legal help. It provides a concise guide to relevant legislation and the divorce process and is aimed primarily at the…

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Isolated Judges would benefit from feedback, research concludes

October 5, 2015 6 comments

family law

Family judges would benefit from feedback on their work, a research project has concluded. Professor Judith Masson of Bristol University, reviewed legal literature, conducted group discussions with 28 family court judges across England and Wales, and interviewed nine legal researchers in the UK as well as in Australia and New Zealand The aim of the…

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Piecemeal reform continues unabated

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January 28, 2015 0 comments

It seems that hardly a month passes without some new report recommending reform of some part of the family justice system. These reports emanate from a number of sources, including the Law Commission, the Family Justice Council and various ‘working groups’ set up by the President of the Family Division. Keeping track of it all…

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2014 review part 1: a new beginning

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December 22, 2014 1 comment

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It has been a momentous year for family law. I could not possibly review all that has occurred in one post, but I shall try to keep things as succinct as possible, confining myself to just three posts, rather than the six I used to summarise last year’s events. The year began with the government…

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New standards for expert witnesses in family court

October 1, 2014 4 comments

family courts

New standards for expert witnesses who present evidence in family court become law today (October 1). According to a government press release, the new standards will raise the quality of the evidence presented by such witnesses in court, as well as helping to accelerate proceedings. Under the new rules only recognised professionals will be able…

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