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New President of the Family Division

Sir Andrew McFarlane has been appointed President of the Family Division, following the retirement of Sir James Munby. Sir Andrew co-wrote the highly respected legal textbook Children Law and Practice, was the only legal member of the Norgrove Family Justice …

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Cafcass Practice

The draft guidance to Cafcass Practice issued by Cafcass in July 2017 has been revised following concessions made by Cafcass in the course of judicial review proceedings brought by Nagalro (the Professional Association for Children’s Guardians, Family Court Advisers and …

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Child Maintenance Enforcement

The House of Commons library has produced a briefing paper which sets out the changes to child maintenance enforcement proposed in July 2018 and (except for the welfare benefits change) due to be implemented in the autumn of 2018.. The …

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Financial order reforms

Following on from the 2016 report on enforcement of financial orders by the Law Commission, the Justice Minister Lucy Frazer has written to the Commission, setting out the Government’s plans to improve the situation. The current plans include rationalising the …

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Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38

Supreme Court, 18 July 2018, Lady Hale P, Lord Wilson, Lord Carnwath, Lord Hughes, Lord Hodge The husband and wife married in 1987, separated in 2000 and divorced in 2002. During the marriage the wife had worked as a qualified …

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Owens v Owens [2018] UKSC 41

The husband and wife married in 1978 and separated in 2015; they had two adult children. The wife had sent the husband a draft divorce petition in December 2012, but this had not been pursued. The wife was having an …

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Reports on pensions on divorce and use of valuation and experts

Reports on pensions on divorce and use of valuation and experts The Pensions Advisory Group has published two reports on the legal issues of pensions on divorce and valuation and experts in such cases. They are asking for responses from …

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New Forms A – fast track procedure

New Forms A – fast track procedure Form A and Form A1 have been revised as a result of amendments to Part 9 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, to provide for financial remedy applications to be dealt with through …

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Legal advice for both clients

Legal advice for both clients As mediators we are sometimes asked for this by clients – and now, apparently, it is available. Two family law barristers have set up what is believed to be the first service allowing separating couples …

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Round up of recent research – Seventh Family Justice Bulletin

Round up of recent research – Seventh Family Justice Bulletin The Ministry of Justice has published its seventh bulletin, reviewing and providing links to recent research into family justice issues (the last bulletin was published in December 2015, so this …

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