Foreign pension sharing after the EU Maintenance Regulation

I am grateful to Anna Heenan of Mills & Reeves for drawing attention to another incidental and possibly accidental implication of the EU Maintenance Regulation in the context of foreign pension sharing orders and arrangements.

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The Participation and Involvement of Children in Family Proceedings

Rachel Langdale QC and James Robottom of 7 Bedford Row consider the jurisprudence and practical realities concerning the participation and involvement of children in proceedings relating to them.

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Family arbitration – a soft launch or a hard landing? Some provisional thoughts.

Rhys Taylor, family arbitrator and collaborative lawyer offers guidance on family arbitration.

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Safeguards and needs in marital agreements – where are we now?

A couple of recent cases have highlighted to me that perhaps statutory guidance on nuptial agreements is needed sooner rather than later despite the relatively small proportion of divorcing couples affected.

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Custody Battle Between Three Parents

The Court of Appeal is shortly expected to give their judgment on the case concerning lesbian parents who seek to marginalise the relationship between their son and his natural father.

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A brewing storm

Trying to keep divorcing couples out of the courts will prove fruitless – the government should be focusing on making the justice system quicker and easier for clients, argues Marilyn Stowe.

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Preconceived ideas

The greatest advantage of preconception agreements in the context of non-traditional families is that they are a checkpoint for the parties to assess the long-term sustainability of their shared parenting, says Helen Waite.

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Interview with Sir Andrew Macfarlane

Sir Andrew McFarlane was promoted to the Court of Appeal in July 2011, the most recent appointment in a meteoric career that began in the drama department of Durham University.

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Children: Public Law Update (February 2012)

John Tughan of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent developments in Public Children Law.

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Dominican Republic and other superfast divorces

Newspapers at the weekend carried stories of a new service of superfast 24 hour divorces being offered to people in England.

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Creatures of habit

Puzzled by the new divorce forms? You're not the only one, says DJ Paul Mildred as he explores the pros and cons of the changes introduced by the Family Procedure Rules.

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Shared parenting boosts children's rights

The reforms implemented in Australia proved successful in the majority of cases, and the UK can learn from this experience, argues Duncan Ranton.

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Norgrove – The Response Considered

Sally Gore of 14 Gray's Inn Square analyses the Government's response to the Family Justice Review in the context of current family law practice

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No CSA deal, no relocation

This constitutes a simple plea for all international families: Don't agree any final relocation without sorting out and implementing the child support arrangements.

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On into Spring

This week, one cannot help but be struck by the care figures increase.

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Keeping up with appeal procedure in the High Court (or at least trying to)

Byron James of 14 Gray’s Inn Square reviews the guidance arising from the latest case law concerning applications for leave to appeal in financial remedies orders in the High Court.

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Children: Private Law Update (February 2012)

Alex Verdan QC reviews the most significant of the latest judgments in private law Children applications.

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The going gets tough

So, The Co-op is taking on matrimonial work? They're in for a shock, says Russell Conway as he looks back at his time in the department.

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Off target

The adoption system needs vast improvements – but imposing stringent time limits is illogical and unhelpful, argues Graham Pegg.

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The Government’s response to the Family Justice Review – What happens now?

The Government has accepted most of the proposals put forward in the Family Justice Review, although unsurprisingly there is a degree of caution where the proposals have major cost consequences.

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James Carroll, Co-chair of the Law Society's Family Law Committee: Government's Response to Family Justice Review

The Government has just published its response to the Family Justice Review. As expected, it accepted most of the Review's recommendations and set forth a preliminary timetable for their implementation.

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Twice Married - Double Trouble

It is a little-known fact that one can go through more than one wedding ceremony, naturally of course with the same person otherwise it would be bigamy!

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Safety net

With the cohabitant population set to grow further and no change in the law in sight, Therese Nichols reviews the advice lawyers should give to unmarried couples.

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