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Civil Partnerships and Heterosexual Couples

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019, came into force – this is the legislation that the government had to introduce in response to a decision by the Supreme Court that the existing Civil Partnerships legislation was discriminatory …

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Cafcass Chief Executive

Cafcass has a new Cafcass chief executive – Jacky Tiotto is replacing Anthony Douglas as head of the family court advisory service, ending his 15 years in that role. https://www.communitycare.co.uk/2019/05/22/new-cafcass-chief-executive-announced/

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View from the President’s Chambers

Last month the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, published what is intended to be an annual review of the current state of affairs in the family justice system. The President also touches on the pilot for the …

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MIAMs

The MoJ has revealed that MIAMs increased by 4% in the last quarter of 2018, by comparison with the same period in 2017. This means that they stand at just over a third of pre-LASPO levels. In the same period …

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Child Maintenance

The Department for Work and Pensions has published an analysis of statistics on the numbers of separated families and their child maintenance arrangements, based on data from the Family Resources Survey. The statistics suggest that in 2016/17 there were 2.5 …

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Child Protection and Domestic Abuse

Last month a panel of experts was set up to review how the family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences. The project is due to last for 3 months, with the aim …

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Court modernisation

The 11 divorce centres are apparently being phased out this year, to be replaced by an online system based in the new national Civil and Family Service Centre at Stoke on Trent. The online divorce service has received more than …

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Spousal maintenance – what one senior judge thinks

A speech by Mr Justice Mostyn delivered to the Devon and Somerset Law Society last autumn was published in February. It sets out why spousal maintenance is organised as it is in this country and what Mostyn J believes should …

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Re R (A Child: Appeal: Termination of Contact) [2019] EWHC 132 (Fam) Family Division, 29 January 2019, Williams J

The mother, who was profoundly deaf, made an allegation against the father in 2013, when the child was about 7. After investigation, no action was taken by either the local authority or the police. In 2014 the mother and maternal …

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Re MFS (Appeal: Transfer of Primary Care) [2019] EWHC 768 (Fam) Family Division, 29 March 2019, Williams J

The child was born in September 2010. Litigation was ongoing in respect of the child from late 2012. In March 2017, the mother suspended contact with the father, which had been taking place on alternate weekends and half the holidays. …

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