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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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H v W [2019] EWHC 1897 (Fam) Family Division, 17 July 2019, Clare Ambrose (sitting as a deputy High Court judge)

The couple married in 1988 and had two children (now adult). They separated in October 2014 and sold the former matrimonial home in November 2015. Decree nisi was pronounced in October 2016. The husband and wife divided the proceeds of …

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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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