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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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Online Divorces

Online Divorces More than 23,000 applications for divorce have been made online since the service was launched last April. That apparently includes 455 applications filed between 24 December and 1 January – with 13 submitted on Christmas Day itself. Very …

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Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc) Bill

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc) Bill The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc) Bill, sponsored by Tim Loughton and Baroness Hodgson of Abinger, is due to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on 18 …

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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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