Are We Missing a Trick? Section 34 of the Children Act - An under-used application

Julie Stather, of 42 Bedford Row examines the advantages to child, parents and local authority of using section 34 of the Children Act.

Full article: Family Law Week

Finance & Divorce Spring Update 2012

Joanna Grandfield, Associate, Anna Heenan, solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the key financial remedies cases arising in the first quarter of 2012.

Full article: Family Law Week

Annual Resolution Conference

Speech by Sir Nicholas Wall, President of the Family Division.

Full article: Judiciary of  England and Wales (PDF)

Counting the pennies

With the rise in spouses at risk of bankruptcy, divorce lawyers should make sure they are conversant with personal insolvency rules, says Claire Reid.

Full article: Solicitors Journal

Budget Pensions changes: implications for Financial remedies cases

Clive Weir, pensions specialist, outlines the impact of the principal pensions changes in the budget which may impact on financial remedies cases.

Full article: Family Law Week

Pre-Nuptial agreements: developments since Radmacher

David Marusza of Harcourt Chambers summarises and analyses the latest cases involving prenuptial agreements.

Full article: Family Law Week

Budget 2012 impact of foreign owned residential properties

George Osborne's Budget on 21 March 2012 contains several elements which affect family lawyers doing international cases with substantial assets.

Full article: Family Law

Child access for father in 'lesbian' family

The appellant was a 'donor' father seeking a fuller relationship with and contact to his son.

Full article: Law Society Gazette

Family Law Week's Budget Briefing 2012

Steve Crompton & David Kitson, Tax Directors at RSM Tenon, review the Chancellor’s 2012 Budget announcements.

Full article: Family Law Week

Arbitration is a worthy alternative to court

Family lawyers must embrace this fairer, more flexible and potentially cheaper option, says Marilyn Stowe.

Full article: Solicitors Journal

The Supreme Court's judgment in In the Matter of S (A Child) - An Analysis

Jennifer Perrins of 1 King's Bench Walk analyses the Supreme Court's judgment in In the Matter of S (A Child).

Full article: Family Law Week

Headlines – Re S and A v B and C

There have been two really interesting judgments in the last couple of days, just as I go off on holiday.

Full article: Family Law

Why the Government is wrong about shared parenting legislation.

The Government Response to the Family Justice Review’s final report ignores the concerns raised in the Family Justice Review and proposes at paragraph 60 “a legislative statement of the importance of children having an ongoing relationship with both parents after family separation, where that is safe, and in the child’s best interests”.

Full article: The Lawyer

International Children Law Update - March 2012

Jacqueline Renton of 4 Paper Buildings reviews the latest key decisions in international children law.

Full article: Family Law Week

Child Abduction as Criminal Kidnapping

In the recent R v Kayani, R v Solliman decision [2011] EWCA Crim 2871, the Court of Appeal has called upon the Law Commission to address the question of whether parental child abduction cases should be treated as kidnapping offences.

Full article: Family Law

Non-disclosure of assets in divorce proceedings

Is the non-disclosure of assets a common problem within divorce proceedings or not?

Full article: Law Society Gazette

Court of Protection update

Thirty Nine Essex Street Court of Protection Newsletter: March 2012.

Full article: Thirty Nine Essex Street (PDF)

Best Interest decision-making in the Court of Protection

Decision making in the Court of Protection on behalf of persons who lacks capacity is a familiar role for the court.

Full article:  No. 5 Chambers (PDF)

New family arbitration scheme is no alternative to litigation

The sound rationale behind the new family dispute arbitration scheme doesn't mean it is a credible alternative to either mediation or litigation, says Miles Geffin.

Full article: Solicitors Journal

Dolan v Corby: Opening the Door to Confusion in the Test for Occupation Orders?

Eleanor Fletcher and Juliet Chapman of Lamb Building explore how far the Court of Appeal’s latest guidance for granting exclusionary occupation orders is consistent with its previous dicta.

Full article: Family Law Week

The Decision In BJ v MJ And Others [2011] EWHC 2708

The decision of BJ v MJ and Others [2011] EWHC 2708 (Fam) again examines the treatment of offshore trust interests in the context of financial remedy proceedings on divorce and is essential reading for all those involved in such cases.

Full article: Mondaq (registration required)