Butterworths Family Law Service

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The leading work on family law, providing authoritative guidance on the law affecting families and family breakdown. It includes extensive coverage of child law, the divorce process and consequences of divorce, as well as the law relating to unmarried couples and their children, domestic violence, custody and financial provision. The Family Law Service also covers mediation, collaborative practice, arbitration, Islamic and Jewish ADR.

Issue 228, November 2019

The update covers progress of law reform including the 'no fault' divorce bill, a Law Commission review of marriage law in general as well allowing opposite sex couples to convert their marriage to a civil partnership. There is also an interesting intervention by Europe as to Islamic marriages conducted in England. The state of family law now is underlined by up to date figures on court applications and orders made. Forced marriage orders are substantially rising and the delays in obtaining divorces experienced by practitioners are clearly shown in the official statistics. Finally, and helpfully, there is practical guidance from the court on the implications where a divorce is delayed until a religious marriage ends as well as how to deal with a situation where the court has lost the original of a decree absolute.

Binder 1 Relationships and their Breakdown
1A Relationships and their Breakdown
- Chapter 1 The first interview: choice of remedy and immediate action
- Chapter 2 Marriage
- Chapter 4 Grounds for proceedings in nullity
- Chapter 5 Grounds for proceedings in divorce and judicial separation
- Chapter 7 Cohabitation
- Chapter 8 Domestic abuse
- Chapter 9 The Civil Partnership Act 2004
- Chapter 11 Litigants in person
Binder 2 Family Courts: Jurisdiction and Procedure
2A Family Courts: Jurisdiction and Procedure
- Chapter 2 Procedure
- Chapter 3 Appeals
- Chapter 4 Costs
- Chapter 5 Legal aid
Binder 3(I) Children-Narrative
3A Narrative
- Chapter 13 Care and supervision orders
Binder 3(II) Children-Narrative
- Chapter 35 Case management (2): FPR 2010 - Overriding objective and key Practice Directions
- Chapter 36 Case Management (3): Preparation And Procedure
- Chapter 37 Experts (1): procedural matters
- Chapter 38 Experts (2): use in particular kinds of case
- Chapter 39 Burden/standard of proof and findings of fact
- Chapter 40 Evidence: law and practice
- Chapter 44 Judgment
- Chapter 45 The participation of children in proceedings: professionals involved
3B Statutes
The following have been amended:
- Children Act 2004
- Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
Binder 4(I) Property Money and Tax-Narrative
4A Narrative
- Chapter 1 Ownership and occupation of family property
- Chapter 3 Financial provision where there are no proceedings for divorce, nullity or judicial separation
- Chapter 4 Financial and property provision in proceedings for divorce, nullity, or judicial separation
- Chapter 6 Financial remedy proceedings: special considerations
- Chapter 7 Applications for financial orders: practice and procedure
- Chapter 8 Financial orders: costs
- Chapter 10 Applications for financial relief in England and Wales after a foreign divorce, annulment or legal separation
- Chapter 11 Enforcement of orders
- Chapter 12 Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
- Chapter 13 Taxation
- Chapter 14 Tax credits and Universal Credit
New binder index for binder 4(I).


 Aidan Vine , BA (Oxon), MA (Cornell), Barrister, Harcourt Chambers, London and Oxford Editor
Aina Khan , LLB, Head of Islamic & Asian Division, Duncan Lewis Editor
 Andrew Newbury , LLB, Solicitor, Partner, Pannone LLP, Manchester Editor
 Charles Prest , MA (Cantab), DipLG, Barrister, 6 Park Square, Leeds Editor
 David Josiah-Lake , LLB, Solicitor, Josiah-Lake Gardiner LLP, London Editor
 David Ryden , LLB, Solicitor, Director of Ryden Legal Publications Ltd, and Legal Advisor to the Independent Review Mechanism Editor
 David Salter , MA, LLM, Solicitor, Partner and Joint National Head of Family Law, Mills & Reeve LLP Editor
David Williams QC , Barrister, 4 Paper Buildings Editor
 Grant Howell , LLB, MBA in Legal Practice, Solicitor, Partner, Charles Russell LLP, London General editor
 Helen Howard , LLB, Consultant, Gordons Partnership LLP (incorporating Richard Howard & Co) Editor
 John Baker , Barrister, Clerk to the Justices - Surrey Magistrates' Courts Editor
 Jonathan Montgomery , BA, LLM, Professor of Law, University of Southampton General editor
 Louise Potter , MA (Oxon), Barrister Editor
Martin L Parry , LLB, Solicitor, Emeritus Reader in Law, University of Hull Editor
Mr Justice Moor The Honourable Consulting editor
PM Bromley , MA, Barrister, Emeritus Professor of English Law, Manchester University Founding editor
Sarah Anticoni , LLB, Solicitor, Mediator, Partner, Charles Russell LLP, London Editor
 Sarah Deeks , LLB FCA, tax writer Editor
Teertha Gupta QC , LLB (Leeds), Barrister, Inner Temple Editor