"Whose Fault is it Anyway?": Reform of Divorce

Joshua Viney, pupil, and Richard Sear, barrister, both of 1 Hare Court, examine the issue of divorce reform following the President’s recent speech.

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Re B-S and the Perils of the ‘Balance Sheet’ Approach

Michael Jones, barrister, 15 Winckley Square Chambers, considers the response of local authorities to the requirements imposed by Re B-S and later cases.

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MIAMS and international cases

David Hodson asks whether the requirement to attend a MIAM applies to international cases.

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View from the Foot of the Tower: Split hearings - the beginning of the end, or the end of the middle?

The Court of Appeal have given two judgments in 2014 which indicate something of a sea-change in the way the higher Courts view split hearings or finding of fact hearings.

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The Children and Families Act 2014 and the impact on recently refreshing authorities

The impact of the changes to the 2014 Act on the welcomed decisions in the cases of Re B (Care Proceedings: Appeal); Re G (Care Proceedings: Welfare Evaluation); Re B-S (Adoption: Application of s 47(5)) and Re W (Care Proceedings: Functions of Court and Local Authority).

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Nuptial agreements: Limiting the Family Lawyer’s Exposure to Negligence Claims

The authors consider whether family lawyers are assuming unlimited liability when advising upon or drafting nuptial agreements and look at the practicalities of limiting that liability.

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The Serial Removal of Children from Young Mothers – is this right?

Maureen N Obi-Ezekpazu, FRSA, Barrister and Mediator, Family Matters, asks what can be done to help the plight of young mothers who have had several children permanently removed.

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Finance and Divorce May 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 April.

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New local authority duty: Staying Put

Noel Arnold looks at the duy of local authorities in relation to 'staying put'.

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Estoppel and detrimental reliance: cracking the golden egg

The case of Davies v Davies [2014] EWCA Civ 568 has recently exercised the judgment of the Court of Appeal.

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The allocation of international relocation cases

With the single Family Court now in operation, one important change that has taken place has been a revision of the allocation and gatekeeping guidance.

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View from the Foot of the Tower: Bannister, Bugatti and improved performance

Andrew Pack looks at the 26 week limit in care proceedings.

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The Children and Families Act 2014 and the new Family Court – will the changes achieve their aims?

Charlotte Sanders asks whether the overhaul of the family system that has been taking place since 22 April 2014 in terms of private law will achieve its aims.

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Terminating a Father’s Parental Responsibility: Preserving the legal status quo

Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings and Saoirse Townshend of 36 Bedford Row analyse an important Court of Appeal judgment on termination of PR.

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Regulating McKenzie Friends – too much too soon?

The concept of the McKenzie Friend was established over four decades ago, but as a group they have only really come to prominence in the last few years as legal aid and budget cuts within the family justice system have left many families without legal representation.

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Children: Public Law Update (May 2014)

John Tughan considers recent judgments in public law children cases, including the President's recent comments on the 26 week time limit and s 38(6) applications.

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In the President’s Court 29 April 2014

Before Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice, Lord Justice McFarlane, Lord Justice Ryder and Mr David Norgrove, 29 April 2014, gathering to mark and celebrate the family justice reforms.

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Conscious uncoupling? Sir James Munby hints at separating divorce

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow did it. Now the President of the Family Division wants to do the same with divorce and ancillary relief proceedings.

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Breaking with the past

Joshua Rozenberg considers the reforms suggested by Sir James Munby.

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The seven habits of highly effective family solicitors

In this new blog, I want to offer some helpful hints and tips to beleaguered family law practitioners.

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EU seeks views of English family lawyers on Brussels II

Brussels II (2201/2003) is reviewed periodically by the EU as to its operation and any possible reforms.

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Family law finance arbitration: a new dawn

Article by Sir Hugh Bennett.

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Liars and Divorce Lawyers: can an OS/DS hearing help and a possible future for split hearings in financial remedies?

Byron James, barrister, Fourteen considers the utility of OS/DS hearings in the resolution of financial remedies disputes.

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Clean Break Orders and Spousal Maintenance: where are we now?

Liz Cowell, principal lawyer with Slater & Gordon analyses the case law and trends emerging from case law regarding clean breaks and termination of spousal periodical payments orders.

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