Litigants in person, pre-acquired assets and more

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September 8, 2017 3 comments

family law

A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The government’s support for litigants in person in the family courts has been “sadly inadequate” up until now, the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has said. Writing the foreword to the latest edition of The Family Court without a Lawyer – A Handbook for Litigants in Person,…

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Help for litigants in person ‘sadly inadequate’

September 1, 2017 6 comments

family law

The help provided by the government for litigants in person is “sadly inadequate”, according to the President of the Family Division. Sir James Munby has called the family justice system “over-complicated” and that the government faces a “massive challenge” to provide people with the information they need to navigate it. These comments came in the…

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Facebook highlighted in adoption hearing

March 6, 2017 1 comment

family life

The potential value to family proceedings of social media sites like Facebook has been highlighted by a High Court Judge. The case concerned the adoption of a four year old boy whose birth mother, a foreign national, had returned to her home country and lost contact with the father. He was unable to provide social…

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Revisions to domestic violence direction considered

January 20, 2017 2 comments

family law

High Court Judge Mr Justice Cobb has published a report into possible revisions to court rules concerning domestic violence. The so-called Family Procedure Rules set out a complex series of operating directions for the family courts. Practice direction 12J deals with “CHILD ARRANGEMENTS AND CONTACT ORDERS: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND HARM” (sic). In a comprehensive report,…

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Judge criticises ‘unfairness’ towards litigants in person

October 4, 2016 3 comments

Family Law

A High Court Judge has criticised the “intrinsic unfairness” experienced by litigants in person during family law cases. Mr Justice Peter Jackson said there should be a change in the way court documents are given to people who do not have legal representation, especially if they do not speak English. These comments followed a child…

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At a Glance: new edition published

June 6, 2016 1 comment

family law

The latest edition of ‘At a Glance: Essential Tables for Financial Remedies’ has been published by the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA). Described by the FLBA as ‘the bible’ for family lawyers dealing with the financial aspects of their cases, this annual publication contains a wide range of reference material. The 2016-2017 edition has more…

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