What do children lawyers need to know about the Court of Protection?

The article highlights the issues arising when a local authority in care proceedings seeks to deprive a child of liberty in a manner falling short of secure accommodation, and offers a road map to aid understanding of this complex area.

Full article: St John's Chambers

Could the UK’s largest divorce award have been bigger?

The case last week of AAZ v BBZ, C Ltd & P Ltd represents the largest award ever made by the divorce court (although it has approved larger settlements reached through agreement).

Full article: Family Law

Children caught in the middle: parental alienation and implacably hostile parents

The use of the term 'implacably hostile' when describing a parent is not a recent development in the family courts.

Full article: Family Law

Chai v Khoo

On 6 April 2017, Bodey J handed down judgment in the financial proceedings in the case of Chai v Khoo, over 4 years since the wife, Ms Chai, filed her divorce petition in the English courts, seeking to bring the parties’ 43-year marriage to an end.

Full article: Family Law

17th View from the President’s Chambers: Divorce and money – where are we and where are we going?

Why is it that what is referred to in some places as ancillary relief is still, as the name indicates, part of the divorce process?

Full article: Family Law

Interviewing children in the care of the State: new guidance for police and security services.

On 4 May 2017, Sir James Munby handed down a little reported judgment where he raised concern that current law and practice on the interaction between police and security agencies and wards of court lacked clarity.

Full article; Doughty Street Chambers

Finance and Divorce Update, May 2017

Frances Bailey, Principal Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during April 2017.

Full article: Family Law Week

The New Divorce by Mutual Consent in France: Recognition and Risks of Post-Divorce Litigation in Common-Law Countries: The Examples of England and the United States

Delphine Eskenazi, admitted to the Paris and New York bars, LIBRA Avocats, Carmel Brown, Solicitor in England, Irwin Mitchell and Jeremy D. Morley, admitted to the New York bar, Law Firm of Jeremy D. Morley consider the new divorce by Mutual Consent in France and its wider implications for other countries.

Full article: Family Law Week

London reaches across Europe to embrace Istanbul and work together to combat domestic violence

On 27 April 2017, the Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill, which takes the first step towards incorporating the Istanbul Convention into domestic law, was given Royal Assent and became an Act of Parliament.

Full article: Family Law

Everything you always wanted to know about TOLATA*

*but didn’t ask because… if you were that interested in Chancery work you wouldn’t have become a family lawyer.

Full article: Family Law

What’s in a name? The press and family law proceedings

The prospect of publicity and press coverage is often a major factor in divorce cases.

Full article: Family Law

Non-lawyer review hearings – at the heart of a successful FDAC

This fifth blog from the Family Drug and Alcohol Court National Unit is about the non-lawyer review hearings that are a distinctive feature of the FDAC problem-solving approach to care proceedings. We explain their role, summarise the growing evidence about their value, and offer reflections about practice from two well-established FDAC courts.

Full article: Family Law