10 things you need to know about family law reform

As I’ve been busily head down writing and updating content with seemingly endless law reform changes over the past few months (and we are currently at the eye of the storm…) I thought I would list ten important things about family law reform in 2014. In no particular order (and you may spot a theme…),… Read More…

What do you need to know about the updated family court forms?

In advance of the coming into force of the provisions of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, introducing a single family court for England and Wales, updated court forms are anticipated to take effect from 22 April 2014. Which court forms are changing? The following updated court forms and notes are planned to be in… Read More…

Preparation for the single family court

The Family Procedure (Amendment No 2 ) Rules 2014, SI 2014/667 (the amendment rules) come into effect on 22 April 2014 making changes to the allocation and transfer of proceedings, appeals, enforcement, and contempt and committal. They are part of a package of statutory instruments that will be needed for the purposes of the creation of the… Read More…

Law Commission’s report on Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements

Following the publication of the Law Commission’s long awaited report regarding the law relating to the financial aspects of divorce and of the dissolution of civil partnership, what will be the impact of the proposed changes? What is the background to the report? The Law Commission started a project in October 2009 to examine the status and… Read More…

10th View from the President’s Chambers

The President of the Family Division has issued his 10th View from the President’s Chambers. Key areas covered include: that behind the scenes the new single family court is ‘up and running for most practical purposes’, with work ongoing to finalise the required rule changes work is almost complete on the amendment of the current… Read More…

Habitual residence and a child’s state of mind

Family analysis: the relevance of the state of mind of children when determining their habitual residence is examined by David Williams QC, of 4 Paper Buildings, in the light of the Supreme Court judgment in Re LC. Original news In Re LC (Children) [2014] UKSC 1, [2014] All ER (D) 62 (Jan) the Supreme Court… Read More…

Free funding family law WebEx

With the range of options available for family clients, including different types of alternative dispute resolution, communicating and offering different types of family law services has become more challenging. Geraldine Morris, Head of PSL Family, will be running a free 45 minute WebEx on ‘Funding Family Law’ providing guidance on the underlying principals and ideas to better… Read More…

Do we ask our clients enough questions?

Recently the media has been full of headlines like ‘Woman sues solicitors because they “did not explain that finalising her divorce would terminate her marriage”’. But what is the reality behind the headlines? The Court of Appeal dealt with the case of Mulcahy v Castles Solicitors & Anor [2013] EWCA Civ 1686 on 18 December… Read More…

When will the court exercise its inherent jurisdiction?

Family analysis: The Supreme Court’s use of its inherent jurisdiction to order the return of a child to another country is analysed by David Williams QC, of 4 Paper Buildings. Original news Re KL (A Child) [2013] UKSC 75, [2013] All ER (D) 24 (Dec) K’s mother had brought him to the United Kingdom pursuant… Read More…

Make them mediate! Is there a case for compulsion?

So the results are in. Far from triggering a boom in family mediation, the first six months of life after LASPO have seen publicly funded family mediation massively shrink and litigants in person swell. Three cheers for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ)! Between April and September 2013, the number of couples attending mediation information and… Read More…

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