Family Division President warns against hasty proceedings

January 22, 2018 5 comments

children, family law

Local authorities must give more thought to whether or not care proceedings are really necessary, Britain’s most senior family law judge declared in a recent ruling. The case concerned the parents of a four year-old boy, referred to as ‘AB’, who suffers from a “life-limiting” brain disorder. In February of last year, their local authority…

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A personal review of the year, part 2

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December 21, 2017 0 comments

family law

This continues my personal review of 2017. (The first part, covering the January to April, can be found in my post here yesterday). May: crazy My story choices for May are all about finances, the first two both about the extraordinary sums of money divorcing couples are prepared to spend arguing over who has what….

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On the road again: divorce in the 21st century

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December 6, 2017 0 comments

family law

Financial Remedy Courts to be introduced These days I usually try not to fall for the hackneyed device of using song titles for titles of blog posts, but the old song by Canned Heat just didn’t leave my mind when I was considering the President’s circular on Financial Remedy Courts, that was published last Friday….

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President announces financial remedies courts

December 4, 2017 0 comments

family law

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service will begin trialling a new specialist financial remedies court next year, Sir James Munby has announced. In an official circular, the President of the Family Division said the case for a national network of such courts had been “persuasively argued” by legal authorities. He noted that he had himself…

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Edward VIII’s will ‘can be opened’ says President

November 17, 2017 0 comments

wills and probate

The envelope containing the will of late monarch Edward VIII can be unsealed, Family Division President Sir James Munby has ruled. Edward VIII was King of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for less than a year before famously abdicating in December 1936. His desire to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson was considered unacceptable according…

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