Butterworths Family Law Service

This content is unique to LexisNexis


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 226, August 2019

This update comes at a significant time for family law reform. Details are included of the government’s recent proposals to introduce 'no fault' divorce. Also, it deals comprehensively with the implications of recent legislation, which will enable opposite sex couples to enter into a civil partnership.

Binder 1 Relationships and their Breakdown
1A Narrative
- Chapter 1 The first interview: choice of remedy and immediate action
- Chapter 2 Marriage
- Chapter 3 The Gender Recognition Act 2004
- Chapter 4 Grounds for proceedings in nullity
- Chapter 5 Grounds for proceedings in divorce and judicial separation
- Chapter 6 The Mental Capacity Act 2005
- Chapter 7 Cohabitation
- Chapter 8 Domestic abuse
- Chapter 9 The Civil Partnership Act 2004
- Chapter 10 Immigration law
- Chapter 11 Litigants in person
Binder 2 Family Courts: Jurisdiction and Procedure
2A Narrative
- Chapter 2 Procedure
- Chapter 5 Legal aid
Binder 3(III) Children-Materials
3B Statutes
The following has been amended:
- Social Services And Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014
3C Statutory Instruments
- Voluntary Adoption Agencies and the Adoption Agencies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2003
- Adoption Support Services Regulations 2005
- Disclosure of Adoption Information (Post-Commencement Adoptions) Regulations 2005
- Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) Regulations 2005
- Special Guardianship Regulations 2005
- Adoption Support Services (Local Authorities) (Wales) Regulations 2005
- Special Guardianship (Wales) Regulations 2005
- Access to Information (Post-Commencement Adoptions) (Wales) Regulations 2005
- Adoption Information and Intermediary Services (Pre-Commencement Adoptions) (Wales) Regulations 2005
- Independent Review of Determinations (Adoption and Fostering) (Wales) Regulations 2010
- Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (Wales) Regulations 2015
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 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
Binder 4(II) Property, Money and Tax-Materials
4B Statutes
The following have been amended:
- Child Support Act 1991
- Tax Credits Act 2002
4C Statutory Instruments
The following have been amended:
- Tax Credits (Residence) Regulations 2003
- Child Support Information Regulations 2008
Binder 7 Tables and Index
New binder index for binders 1, 2, 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