Married, Single or Other? Recognition of foreign marriages

The recent Court of Appeal case of Gulubovich (2010) EWCA 810 has refocused attention on the public policy element in the recognition of foreign marriages and divorces.

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HFEA Consultation

On 23 August the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority issued a statement inviting expressions of interest on how to tackle the shortage of sperm and eggs donated for IVF treatment in the UK.

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Accessing CAMHS for children in care proceedings - a guide for family law professionals

Dr Matt Woolgar, a clinical psychologist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust's National CAMHS Adoption and Fostering Service, reviews requests by family law practitioners for therapeutic assessments, and advises on the way the legal and clinical professions can work harmoniously for the benefit of children and adolescent clients.

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Legal Aid cuts to the heart of international family law justice

The latest cuts in legal aid, public funding, in England comes on top of dramatic changes announced in 2009. The consequence is to reduce drastically the availability of specialist solicitors able and willing to help members of the public, in England and abroad, needing legal representation in English family law proceedings.

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Access to justice

The Ministry of Justice has committed to reducing its annual expenditure from £9B to £7B. It won't escape the attention of most readers that the difference is identical to the amount of the annual Legal Aid budget.

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The battle against alienation

What is the right approach to rebuilding the relationship between a parent and an alienated child?

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Imerman – No Reprieve for Hildebrand

Ashley Murray examines the Hildebrand Rules in the wake of Imerman v Imerman.

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David Hodson on International Family Law: The London Conclusions and Resolutions

Between 30 June and 2 July 2010 over 150 specialists met in London at the Centre for Family Law and Practice, London Metropolitan University, to discuss the three conference themes of International Child Abduction, Relocation and Forced Marriage.

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The LSC tendering disaster: A false economy

The headline on the front page of the Law Society Gazette said it all. "Family Law ‘decimated' by LSC tender" (29 July 2010).

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Family Affairs interview with Sir Nicholas Wall

Full interview first published in FLBA's [2010] Family Affairs 49, summer edn.

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Children: Public Law Update (August 2010)

John Tughan, of 4 Paper Buildings, reviews the key decisions in children public law over the past few months.

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Marilyn Stowe: We must help the grandparents hit by divorce

After more than 25 years in family law, I am not easily shocked. However the plight of many grandparents, within a legal system that downgrades their contribution to family life and denies them automatic rights of contact with their grandchildren, has never ceased to disturb me.

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Swiss clockmakers fail to tell the time: ECHR allows abduction after many delays

There is much controversy across the child abduction world, between Europe and non-European countries, following a decision of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Neulinger & Shuruk v. Switzerland (Application no. 41615/07) handed down on 6 July 2010.

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Children: Private Law Update (August 2010)

Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews important recent developments relating to private children law.

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What do we do now?

Hayley Trim's Analysis of Imerman.

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London: the divorce cheat's capital of the world?

London has been described as the "divorce capital of the world", including by Lord Justice Thorpe in Charman [2007], our most senior international family court judge.

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Making black and white from a palette of shades of grey: the binary nature of fact finding hearings after AA v NA & Ors

Byron James considers the implications of Mostyn J's approach to fact finding.

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