Family Division President calls for no fault divorce

March 23, 2018 10 comments

family law

No fault divorce would help women who are “trapped in a loveless marriage”, the President of the Family Division has claimed. Speaking to the Edinburgh Law School earlier this week, Sir James Munby referred to the contentious case of Owens v Owens, in which a woman in her 60s was refused a divorce from her…

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LASPO, reporting restrictions and more

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March 16, 2018 0 comments

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A WEEK IN FAMILY LAW The Government has finally launched its post-implementation review of the changes made to legal aid by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). The aim of the review will be to assess the extent to which the objectives of the LASPO changes (as explained here) were…

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Judges ‘need more scrutiny’ says Sir James

March 16, 2018 5 comments

family law

Judges would benefit from greater public scrutiny, the President of the Family Division has suggested. Speaking at an event on social media and the family courts earlier this week, Sir James Munby claimed modern judges are prone to making mistakes because they are “grotesquely overworked” and “tired”. One solution to this problem, he suggested, would…

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A parental order, and a family law hero

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March 15, 2018 0 comments

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Any judgment mentioning the wonderfully named Sir Cresswell Cresswell, the first ‘Judge Ordinary’ of the Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes (more of whom in a moment), has to be noteworthy. And so it is with the judgment of the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby in Re X (A Child : foreign…

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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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