It’s “not the right time” for a review of marriage law

October 27, 2017 2 comments

family law

Now is not the time to review marital law, the Justice Minister has insisted in a new letter to the Law Commission. In a belated response to a ‘scoping’ paper published by the Commission in December 2015, Dominic Raab acknowledges the Commission’s proposal to “review the law of marriage ceremonies in England and Wales”. Their…

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Will and probate regulations ‘need modernisation’

July 13, 2017 1 comment

wills and probate

Wills and probate law is out of date and needs to be modernised the Law Commission has claimed. The Commission is an independent body tasked with reviewing legislation and recommending reform where necessary. Its review of wills legislation has now reached public consultation stage. Modern wills law dates back to the Victorian era, the Commission…

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Former Supreme Court Justice dies during surgery

June 30, 2017 0 comments

barrister

A former Justice of the Supreme Court died this week during surgery. Lord Toulson served as a Justice for three years, from April 2013 until his retirement in September 2016. Since then he had worked part time on the Court’s Supplementary Panel. This provides additional justices for rulings when needed. Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger…

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Is it just me or are these domestic abuse plans odd?

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February 21, 2017 5 comments

domestic violence

On Friday the Prime Minister’s Office, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice joined their formidable forces to publish a press release informing us that: “Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans for a major programme of work leading towards bringing forward a Domestic Violence and Abuse Act.” The news appears to have been generally…

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Baroness Deech’s Divorce Bill in her own words

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January 30, 2017 4 comments

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I think we can all agree that our nearly 50 year-old divorce laws need updating, even if we can’t agree exactly how to do so. Unfortunately, since the debacle that was the Family Law Act 1996, an ill-fated and ultimately aborted attempt to introduce no-fault divorce, the Government has consistently shied away from the effort…

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Government ‘still thinking’ about prenups

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January 13, 2017 1 comment

prenuptial agreements

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is still considering whether or not to legalise a form of prenuptial agreement recommended by the Law Commission. In a newly published report on the implementation of legal proposals made by the Commission, the Ministry notes that: “The Law Commission published its final report on Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements…

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Enforcement of financial settlements in the spotlight

December 15, 2016 5 comments

family law

The family courts should have greater powers to enforce financial settlements after divorce or the end of a civil partnership, the Law Commission has claimed. This independent statutory body reviews existing legislation and recommends reform. In a brand new report, the Commission sets out a range of recommendations designed to make it easier for the…

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