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G v S [2017] EWHC 365 (Fam)

The Swedish mother and the American father (whose family was of Swedish origin) had a child together in 2014. The relationship between them was short lived; after the separation the couple began acrimonious legal proceedings concerning the child. The child …

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12 April Research on damage caused by arguing parents

Dr Gloria Moroni from the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York has just published an analysis of 19,000 UK children born in 2000 to see how divorce impacts on children’s behaviour. As has been seen …

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27 April Family Law Café!

Joanna Toch, a barrister at Church Court Chambers in London, has obtained financing for a new version of the online service FLC (Family Law Café). FLC was originally a service in which barristers triaged a client’s requirements and connected them …

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2 May Administrative De-linking of Financial Remedy Applications from Divorce Proceedings Piloted

HMCTS is looking at how to improve financial applications related to divorce, and believes that the process can and should be improved. Currently, if a contested financial application is made, the whole divorce proceedings are transferred to a local court …

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Owens v Owens [2017] EWCA Civ 182

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Divorce petition rejected by courts

This is a case report of Owens v Owens [2017] EWCA Civ 182, in which the Court of Appeal refused a wife’s appeal against the rejection of her divorce petition, although it accepted that the marriage was over. Court of …

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Finding Fault

A research project, Finding Fault, led by Professor Liz Trinder of Exeter University and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has just published some interim findings. The aim of the research is to explore how the current law on divorce and civil …

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Mediation Intake Assessments

Mediation reduces court applications and legal costs Mediation Intake Assessments or MIAMs are critical to disputants understanding how mediation can help them and to diverting some cases from court and settling them in mediation. Without compulsory MIAMs court applications increase, …

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J v B (Ultra-Orthodox Judaism: Transgender) [2017] EWFC 4 Family Court, 30 January 2017, Peter Jackson J

The parents were both members of the North Manchester Charedi Jewish community; their marriage was an arranged marriage; they had five children, a boy aged 12, twins (a boy and a girl) aged 8, a boy aged 5 and a …

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Cafcass warns that brainwashing children against ex-partners is form of abuse

Anthony Douglas, the Cafcass chief executive, warned against the danger of “parental alienation”, suggesting that divorced parents who “brainwash” their children against ex-partners are guilty of “abuse”. He went on to say that the deliberate manipulation of a child by …

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