As I mentioned in the first part of this Review, mediation would be one of the recurring themes of the year, constantly being promoted by the Government as it tried to divert attention from the virtual abolition of legal aid for private
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A newly introduced cut in fees for expert witnesses may mean that family courts struggle to find specialists willing to participate in care proceedings.
Expert witnesses offer opinions on key issues and help judges to assess the facts of a case and make rulings on whether or not to proceed with care orders.
But from this week their court fees have been cut by 20 per cent each, as the Ministry of Justice
As I mentioned in this post, this week is the second Family Dispute Resolution Week organised by Resolution, the association of family lawyers. The aim is to raise awareness of alternatives to court for separating couples and their
‘Clare’s Law’, a disclosure scheme aimed at protecting victims of domestic abuse, is set to be rolled out across England and Wales in the spring following a successful trial.
Clare’s Law enable victims to check whether their partners have a history of domestic
This week is the second Family Dispute Resolution Week held by Resolution, the association of family lawyers “committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes”. To coincide with this, Resolution has published an advice
As far as I am aware, the recent case of Assoun v Assoun is the first reported case to feature the new ‘Orders for payment in respect of legal services’ provision, under section 22ZA of the Matrimonial Causes Act, since it came into force in April.
Yesterday, I came across some unsettling news. Yet another free legal advice service has closed its doors.
Lady Hale gave a brilliant speech about the impact of legal aid cuts this week.
New regulations are restricting access to justice, concludes a study of domestic violence victims.
We live in a time of constant change. Change happens in all areas of society, and families and family breakdowns are no exception. Change affects the way families live, how problems are handled when they break down and how we lawyers help to resolve those problems.
The High Court has terminated a man’s legal responsibility for his children after he was imprisoned for repeated domestic violence.
A v D concerned the mother of two half siblings. Her partner, the father of one of the children, had
Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division ,is to intervene in the case of a man who assaulted his estranged wife during a courtroom hearing.
The attack occurred at Southend County Court earlier this month during a hearing into
As I mentioned in this post, the High Court has decided that two children should have the MMR vaccination, despite this being contrary to the wishes of both the mother and the children themselves. This is, in fact, the third time
Britain’s most senior judge, President of the Supreme Court Lord Neuberger, has warned that cuts to legal aid deny advice and representation to the very people who most need the protection of the courts.
After threatening to do so for years, the prime minister has finally announced plans for some married couples to get tax breaks worth up to £200 a year. David Cameron said that four million couples (or about a third of all married
As regular readers of this blog know, the Government abolished legal aid for most family matters (save where a local authority is involved) on 1 April 2013. The Government’s ‘flagship’ solution to filling the gap that this left is
High Court judge Mr Justice Holman highlighted the effects of legal aid cuts on the court system in a recently published ruling on a contested divorce.
Delivering an ‘ex tempore’ judgement, the judge said:
Sir James Munby only became President of the Family Division in January but he has certainly made his voice heard across legal circles in the eight months since then.
In May he warned that people should only be sent to prison for contempt of court in
Fifteen members of London barristers Tooks Chambers are to form a new organisation after Tooks announced plans to close.
Tooks, renowned for its legal aid and civil liberties work, is headed by high profile barrister Michael Mansfield QC.
Although I have been married for much of my adult life, I have the greatest of respect for single parents. Raising children can be a challenge with a partner on hand to share the load – doing so solo, while also having to find or hold down a
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