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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New Master of the Rolls appointed

October 5, 2016 0 comments

family law

Sir Terence Etherton has been appointed Master of the Rolls following the retirement of Lord Dyson after four years. The Master of the Rolls is the second most senior judicial post, after the Lord Chief Justice. The position is an ancient one, dating back to at least the 13th Century. The name refer to the…

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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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Common law marriage – the myth that won’t go away

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February 16, 2016 2 comments

family law

The general public may (quite understandably) hold many misconceptions about the law. However, there can surely be few misconceptions that are so widely held and repeated than the myth of the “common law marriage”. Accordingly, anything that helps to dispel that myth must be welcomed. The latest such thing is a House of Commons briefing…

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Open air weddings on the agenda

December 17, 2015 0 comments

marriage, family law

Engaged couples should be given more choice and allowed to marry in the open air if they wish, the Law Commission has recommended. Marriage law in England and Wales was designed to “meet the needs of the early 19th Century”, it declares in a newly published review paper. “It does not cater adequately for the…

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Law Society sceptical of jail terms for debt

August 13, 2015 1 comment

family law

The Law Society has expressed opposition to proposals that debtors in family courts should be jailed. Responding to a recently published consultation by the Law Commission on the enforcement of financial orders, the organisation agreed that the current system was complex and needed simplification. Current regulations “set out in a disparate range of legislation and…

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