Fighting to see your grandchildren?

November 19, 2017 0 comments

family life

When someone becomes a grandparent, it’s generally a very happy event and nobody expects to one day find themselves fighting to even see the adorable kids in question. But sadly for all concerned – not least the children themselves – grandparents can and do find themselves shut out. If their son or daughter splits up…

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Senior judiciary urge divorce law reform

November 17, 2017 1 comment

family law

Senior judicial figures have called for major reforms to the family law system. The legal grandees include former Family Division President Baroness Butler-Sloss, retired High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge, and legal academic Baroness Deech. Sir Paul is the founder of campaign group the Marriage Foundation. He said: “We must urgently do something about the…

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Multinational families ‘must be protected after Brexit’

November 16, 2017 4 comments

family law

The currently stalled Brexit negotiations risk the future of thousands of families according to a new report. Jointly produced by the Family Law Bar Association, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and Resolution , the report addresses the implications for family law of Britain’s exit from the European Union. A network of legal agreements currently…

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Surge in private family disputes

November 13, 2017 7 comments

family law

The number of family disputes involving children referred to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) jumped by 16 per cent last month, when compared to 2016. The total of 3,916 referrals is the highest number of referrals in a single month since October 2013. Cafcass received 40,571 referrals regarding private disputes…

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Online divorce, no-fault divorce, and more

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November 3, 2017 0 comments

family law

A week in family law The Justice Minister Dominic Raab has written to the Law Commission to say that it’s not the right time for a full review of marriage law, but the government hasn’t ruled out further work in the future. In December 2015 a scoping report from the Commission identified issues with the…

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Children statistics, divorce statistics and more

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October 20, 2017 1 comment

family law

A week in family law Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for September 2017, and the news was once again mixed. In that month the service received a total of 1,109 care applications, which is a significant 10% decrease compared with those received in September 2016, giving further…

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Happy birthday to us!

October 19, 2017 4 comments

Today is the 10th birthday of this blog. Our very first post, a reprint of an article in a local Leeds newspaper, appeared a decade ago to the day, and can be viewed here. Since then we have published no less than 7,762 posts. If each of those was roughly 500 words in length (a…

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Australia appoints family court judge close to retirement

October 11, 2017 1 comment

Australia, family law

Australian Attorney-General George Brandis has raised eyebrows in legal circles by appointing a new Chief Justice for the Family Courts who is just 14 months away from mandatory retirement age. Former family law judge John Pascoe, 68, is Chief Judge of the national Federal Circuit Court. He will take up the mantle of Chief Justice…

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