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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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Re L (A Child) [2019] EWHC 867 (Fam) Family Division, 8 April 2019, Sir Andrew McFarlane P

Following the parents’ separation, the child lived with the mother and maternal grandmother. The father lived with a new partner in Northern Ireland. From 2013 onwards, the child was the subject of litigation in the Family Court, on the mother’s …

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WG v HG [2018] EWFC 84 Family Court, 30 July 2018, Francis J

WG v HG [2018] EWFC 84 Family Court, 30 July 2018, Francis J The couple met in 2004, shortly after the husband’s first marriage had come to an end, when the wife was employed as a nanny for the husband’s …

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US v SR [2018] EWHC 3297 (Fam) Family Division, 29 November 2018, Roberts J

US v SR [2018] EWHC 3297 (Fam) Family Division, 29 November 2018, Roberts J During the marriage, the husband worked in the oil and gas industry, earning a substantial income. At the time of the separation, in 2010, there were …

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Child Support Agency – information for parents owed historical debt

Child Support Agency – information for parents owed historical debt  The Department for Work and Pensions has published guidance for parents owed historical debt under the Child Support Agency system. The DWP is going to write to both parents where …

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