Unintended consequences of family justice reform

Byron James, barrister, Fourteen considers some of the less publicised consequences of the reform of the family justice system.

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Desperately Seeking Certainty. And Fairness. And Equality. And … The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill

Having had its first reading on 9 June 2014 the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill is due back in the House of Lords today, Friday 27 June 2014 for its second reading and general debate.

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Criminalising Forced Marriage – The Deterrent Effect

Danish Ameen, barrister of 18 St John Street Chambers, considers the impact of the criminalisation of forced marriage which came into effect on the 16th June 2014.

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Children: Private Law Update (June 2014)

Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings considers recent judgment in private law children cases.

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Female Genital Mutilation: Protection v Punishment

In anticipation of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee's report into FGM, Melanie Hepworth, Solicitor at Covent Garden Family Law, calls for greater awareness of the violence threatened to thousands of girls in the UK.

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Can A Consent Order Be Set Aside In Financial Proceedings?

In the light of TF v PJ [2014] EWHC 1780 (Fam), Francis Wilkinson, barrister of Field Court Chambers, asks whether an application to set aside is permissible where there has been a change of circumstances which undermines the basis of a consent order – and suggests an answer.

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New EU law on domestic violence

The EU has introduced a law, in force in January 2015, giving significant cross-EU powers and orders for the victims of domestic violence and others needing protective measures.

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Finance and Divorce June 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 May.

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Re KP – International child abduction and the objections of a child

The increase in divorce rates and global travel has inevitably led to a growing problem of international child abduction.

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Analysis Post-Re B-S: The Fallacy of ‘Better than Good Enough Care’

Paul Hart, barrister, 15 Winckley Square Chambers, considers whether the courts are asking the right question when determining the capability of parents to care for their children.

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12th View from the President's Chambers

The process of reform: next steps.

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Should There Be a Third Standard of Proof in Care Cases?

Simon Goddard, solicitor, Red Kite Law, questions whether the balance of probabilities is the appropriate standard of proof in all care proceedings.

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Chai v Peng [2014] EWHC 1519 (Fam): a tale of two petitions

The judgment of Mr Justice Holman in Chai v Peng permitting the wife to issue a replacement second petition upon the dismissal of her first, has important repercussions for the ongoing jurisdictional dispute.

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Chai v Peng: Shifting the Jurisdictional Goalposts Once the Forum Dispute Match Has Started

Michael Allum, Solicitor, The International Family Law Group LLP, considers the implications.

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​Cohabitation law reform

Former Law Society President Martin Mears argues against the reform of the law.

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View from the Foot of the Tower: Sharing our bewilderments

Andrew Pack looks at county court judgments published since the 22nd of April.

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Not (necessarily) a political broadcast on behalf of UKIP

Where does the present debate on EU family law legislation lie with the sentiments expressed around Europe last Sunday through the ballot box of the EU elections? Is it in any way reflective of a bigger picture? Can lessons be learned?

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When Patience Pays – Adjourning Claims for Financial Relief

Claire Reid, senior associate with Slater & Gordon examines the circumstances in which the court may adjourn a financial remedies claim.

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