Sharia divorce claim rejected: B v L [2016] EWFC 67

This case before Mr Justice Francis concerned an Islamic marriage performed in Pakistan in which the husband contended that the divorce for the same could only be heard in Pakistan.

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Children: Private Law Update (February 2017)

Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.

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Family law continues to lag behind social change

On 21 February 2017, the Court of Appeal comprising of Lady Justice Arden, Lord Justice Beatson and Lord Justice Briggs, rejected an appeal brought by Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan.

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Why 'no fault divorce' could help join the dots between divorce law and tax law

"Until we have no fault divorce there are tax traps which cause more unhappiness and expense, when times are already hard." Says Hazel Wright.

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HRA Claims and Concurrent Care Proceedings: Third Party Costs Orders, Statutory Charge Guidance and an Invitation to the Lord Chancellor

Ben Mansfield, barrister of The 36 Group, examines the judgment of Mr Justice Keehan in H (A Minor) v Northamptonshire County Council and the Legal Aid Agency [2017] EWHC 282 (Fam).

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Surrogacy Law /HFEA Update (February 2017)

Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent surrogacy cases in this jurisdiction, developments in the European Court of Human Rights, calls for law reform and recent judgments concerning administrative errors by fertility clinics.

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Family Court proceedings: gender reassignment and ultra-orthodox Judaism

Claire McCann, an expert on trans equality, analyses the competing arguments in the Family Court’s recent assessment of the children’s “best interests” in the unusual context of a transgender parent and the Charedi Jewish community in North Manchester.

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How to prevent a Decree being made Absolute

Byron James, barrister, Fourteen and Expatriate Law (Dubai) reviews the law, practice and procedure relating to the prevention of a decree made absolute in divorce proceedings.

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Children have no right to speak to family judges

Despite promising to give children a greater voice in the Family Court the government still seems to be doing little on this front.

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How is the PLO working? What is its impact on court process and outcome?

The Outcomes of Care Proceedings for Children Before and After Care Proceedings Reform Study Interim Report.

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FDAC – a trauma-informed service

This is the third in a series of blogs about FDAC and the work of the FDAC specialist teams. In this blog we want to talk about trauma and the impact it has on many, if not all, of the parents who come into FDAC.

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Adopting Scottish Children in England

Lorraine Cavanagh, barrister of St Johns Buildings, explains the implications of a recent important judgment of the President concerning the English courts’ recognition of permanence orders of Scottish children.

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Finance and Divorce Update, February 2017

Sue Brookes, and Rose-Marie Drury, both Senior Associates with Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during January 2017.

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Supreme Court judgment gives further recognition to rights of cohabiting partners

The ever-developing law for cohabiting partners took another step forward after a landmark ruling in the Supreme Court allowed an unmarried woman’s appeal to receive a survivor’s pension from her deceased partner’s public sector pension scheme.

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Domestic Violence and the Impact on Contact Re-examined

Cris McCurley, Partner in Ben Hoare Bell LLP and advisory board member of Rights of Women and Women’s Aid, considers recent developments concerning contact where there has been evidence of domestic violence, and the events which have led to them.

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The Electronic Divorce Filing Pilot: An opportunity missed or a new horizon opening up?

Stuart Clark, Associate, and David Hodson, Partner, both of International Family Law Group LLP, describe what is known, and ask some questions, of the MoJ’s latest initiative to facilitate an online divorce system.

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Fairness, needs and stockpiling: AB v FC [2016] EWHC 3285 (Fam)

At a final hearing, the court considered the appropriate needs for the wife of a professional footballer in circumstances where there was limited capital, the marriage had been short and there was no marital acquest.

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DB v PB: a reminder of potential effect of maintenance agreements

Michael Allum, Solicitor with The International Family Law Group LLP considers the implications of maintenance agreements in financial remedies cases.

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Do litigants in person have an unfair advantage?

It has been very clear for some time that the number of litigants in person (LIPs) appearing before the civil and family courts without legal representation has increased significantly.

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Third party disclosure: public interest immunity and closed material procedures

Re C and the necessity for non-party disclosure.

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International Children Law Update: February 2017

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

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