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Financial Remedies Courts – how they work and what they are for

An Overall Structure of the Financial Remedies Courts and the Role and Function of the Lead Judge been published for the Financial Remedies Courts (FRCs), together with a Good Practice Protocol  The Financial Remedies Courts have been established as a subsidiary structure …

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Pensions research

Research conducted by Shoosmiths family law team suggests that one in five couples have no idea what to expect when it came to divorce and, more specifically, that one third of married couples and civil partners don’t know anything at …

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Child maintenance options – arrangements made

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a report on the outcomes for families after Child Maintenance Options had provided free impartial information and support. Mediation clients may not need to speak to CMO, but a conversation with CMO …

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Neil v Neil [2019] EWHC 3330 (Fam) Family Division, 22 November 2019, Moor J

Neil v Neil [2019] EWHC 3330 (Fam) Family Division, 22 November 2019, Moor J  The couple began living together in 1992 and married in 2007. They both had children by previous relationships and one child together. In 2002, they set …

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Neil v Neil [2019] EWHC 3330 (Fam) Family Division, 22 November 2019

Case Summary: Neil v Neil [2019] EWHC 3330 (Fam) Family Division, 22 November 2019 England and Wales High Court (Family Division) Decisions: Neil v Neil [2019] EWHC 3330 (Fam) (22 November 2019)  

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Domestic Abuse

Research by criminology expert Dr Jane Monckton Smith suggests that men who kill their partners display a pattern of behaviour, a ‘homicide timeline’ that police could track to help prevent deaths. Using all the cases on the Counting Dead Women …

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Parliament

The Domestic Abuse Bill and the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, both introduced into the Commons, will both be at risk if there is either a general election or a prorogation before they pass – and although it seems almost …

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Online divorce petitions finalised less often than paper petitions

In response to a freedom of information request made by The International Family Law Group, the Ministry of Justice has provided information suggesting that online divorces are less likely to result in a final divorce decree. According to the MoJ: …

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Timokhin [2019] EWCA Civ 1284 Court of Appeal, 18 July 2019, Underhill, King and Moylan LJJ

The parents were both Russian; they relocated from Russia to London in 2004. Their two children were now 15 and nearly 8. Following the breakdown of the marriage, bitter children arrangements proceedings followed. In November 2017, the father applied for …

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Quan v Bray [2019] EWFC 46 Family Court, 23 July 2019, Holman J

The couple had been engaged in very protracted divorce proceedings. In December 2018, a financial order had been made by a High Court judge, requiring the husband to make certain payments to the wife. To date, the husband had paid …

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