Big ask: Jo Edwards calls for change in culture and attitudes around dispute resolution

As the family law sector sees some great changes, Laura Clenshaw asks Resolution's chair about her thoughts and aims.

Full article: Solicitors Journal

Moving the deckchairs around the Family Court

Philippa Dolan looks at the reality of the new family justice system.

Full article: Family Law

View from the foot of the Tower: Playing catch-up

By way of a catch-up, here are the things that the High Court and Court of Appeal have told lawyers that they must do or understand, just this year. It is only April, and here is what we have already been hit with.

Full article: Family Law

The Child Arrangements Programme 2014: The Key Provisions

Louise McCallum, barrister at Zenith Chambers, Leeds, looks at the new Child Arrangements Programme that came into force on 22 April 2014.

Full article: Family Law Week

Child Arrangements Programme: What will happen on 22 April 2014?

A summary of the new Child Arrangements Programme governing private children cases from 22 April.

Full article: Family Law Hub

The family law reforms in practice - a view from the crystal ball

Miranda Mourby considers how much will actually change in practice.

Full article: Family Law

Standardised orders and the future delivery of family law services

"Of great significance in the long term internationally is the introduction of standardised court orders to be made by the unified family courts." Says David Hodson.

Full article: Family Law

Children and Families Act 2014 – A Guide for Public Children Lawyers

Jennifer Kotilaine, barrister, of 42 Bedford Row explains the changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014 of most interest to public children lawyers.

Full article: Family Law Week

Public Law Outline (PD 12A) – essential update

In our final article in the series of updates, we look at the new PLO.

Full article: Family Law

MIAMS – essential update

This article summarises the essential points you need to know about MIAMs for the 22 April 2014.

Full article: Family Law

Bankers’ Bonuses – how the divorce capital of the world treats the rewards reaped from the financial capital of Europe

Lois Rogers, solicitor at Vardags, and Lily Mottahedan, barrister at 1 Hare Court, examine the court’s treatment of bonuses in financial remedy claims in light of the recent decision of Mrs Justice Eleanor King in H v W [2014] EWHC 4105 (Fam) and pre-existing case law.

Full article: Family Law Week

Guide to statutory instruments coming into force on 22 April 2014

The following statutory instruments, made in recent months, come into force on the 22nd April 2014 in consequence of the establishment of the family court and/ or the implementation of Parts 1 and 2 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Full article: Family Law Week

Is Time Running Out For Section 20 of The Children Act?

Julie Stather, barrister of 42 Bedford Row, examines the recent use of section 20 and considers its future in the light of the impending 26 week limit for care proceedings.

Full article: Family Law Week

The Children and Families Act 2014 – essential update

A summary of the need-to-know points for 22 April 2014.

Full article: Family Law

What are the causes of inadequate child protection services?

For local areas where child protection is inadequate, the problems are likely to have had a number of causes.

Full article: The Guardian

Child Arrangements Programme (PD 12B) – essential update

Some of the salient points to note in the CAP.

Full article: Family Law

The single Family Court – essential update

With three working days to go until the single Family Court becomes a reality this is the second article in our series of essential updates, designed to give family law professionals a summary the key changes happening on 22 April 2014.

Full article: Family Law

11th View from the President's Chambers

The Process of reform: on the cusp of history.

Full article: Family Law

Family Justice Reforms – Divorce and Finance: What you need to know on 22 April 2014

Nicola Rowlings, PSL at Mills & Reeve, summarises the key changes for finance and divorce cases that will kick in with implementation of the single Family Court on 22 April.

Full article: Family Law Hub

View from the foot of the Tower: Avocado meetings

Since the first version of the PLO came into being, way back in 2008, the parties have been supposed to convene an advocates meeting before the Case Management Conference (now Case Management Hearing) and Issues Resolution Hearing.

Full article: Family Law

Finance and Divorce April 2014 Update

Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor, and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published in March.

Full article: Family Law Week

“Please Sir I Want Some More”

Sarah Lucy Cooper, barrister of Thomas More Chambers, examines the law on anti-suit injunctions and their role in financial remedies cases where one party seeks to pursue claims in another jurisdiction despite a final order having been made in this jurisdiction.

Full article: Family Law Week

Local Authority Focus – Families with No Recourse to Public Funding and Part III of the Children Act

Sally Gore, barrister of Fourteen, considers a pressing concern of local authorities and immigrant families: the duties owed under Part III of the Children Act 1989 to individuals who have no recourse to public funding.

Full article: Family Law Week

The Budget and Pensions and Conscious Uncoupling

It is 2 weeks since the Chancellor announced changes (some actual, some proposed) in his Budget to how pensions may be dealt with in the future.

Full article: Family Law

Compulsory meetings for all: what does it mean for mediation?

From April 22, under section 10 of the Children and Families Act, anyone wanting to issue family proceedings will have to attend a mediation information assessment meeting.

Full article: Solicitors Journal

Changes in the law on Habitual Residence

Over the last 12 months there have been substantial developments in the law on habitual residence following judgments handed down from the Supreme Court, most notably in the cases of Re A (Children: Habitual Residence) [2013] UKSC 60, and the recent decision of LC (children) [2014] UKSC 1, handed down in early January.

Full article: No5 Chambers

Single Family Court - family justice system reforms

The single Family Court will be implemented on 22 April. On the same day, the majority of the family justice provisions in the Children and Families Act will come into force.

Full article: Family Law

Pre-acquired Assets – a new approach?

Liz Cowell and Abigail Lowther both of Slater & Gordon analyse the case law to see whether any general principles can be identified as to how the court will deal with pre-acquired assets in financial remedies cases.

Full article: Family Law Week

Family justice: generational shift

On 22 April, the largest family justice reforms for a generation come into effect, putting children at the heart of the system. The new single Family Court becomes a reality and provisions from the Children and Families Act will be implemented.

Full article: Law Society Gazette

Cinderella Law – how might the new criminal measures affect already existing family legislation?

New legislation nicknamed the Cinderella Law, which looks set to become enacted in the near future, could have significant ramifications upon the practice of family law.

Full article: Family Law

Too many international cases spoil the family justice broth?

David Hodson considers Holman J's remarks in Chai v Peng.

Full article: Family Law

Legal aid for committal proceedings

Munby P granted criminal legal aid to the alleged contemnor in respect of committal proceedings within Hague Convention proceedings on 6 March 2014.

Full article: Family Law

Divorce here or abroad: is arbitration the best way?

Is ‘private judging' by way of arbitration to become the preferred route for resolving financial disputes on divorce and separation?

Full article: Family Law

Where are we now with pre-nuptial agreements?

Since the seminal case of Radmacher (Formerly Granatino) v Granatino [2010] UKSC 42, [2010] 2 FLR 1900 there has been a shift in how pre-nuptial agreements are viewed.

Full article: Family Law

Practitioners and the public deserve clarity on prenups

The Law Commission’s report on matrimonial property, needs and agreements was a huge anti-climax, says Judith Fitton.

Full article: Solicitors Journal

Care Proceedings: Who is Best Placed to Provide Best Evidence?

Eleanor Battie, barrister of Crown Office Row, Brighton, asks whether the demand for speed in care proceedings is at the cost of best expert evidence.

Full article: Family Law Week