“Jackson” and committal for contempt in matrimonial cases

"It might be that the sanction of committal for contempt for ignoring orders of the court in respect of providing proper financial information in divorce proceedings may be more likely than before – partly in view of the new climate intended to be fostered by the “ Jackson” reforms." Says David Partington.

Full article: Sovereign Chambers

Wasted costs against local authority in private law proceedings

James Hargan looks at the case HB, PB, and OB –v- London Borough of Croydon [2013] EWHC 1956 (Fam).

Full article: Sovereign Chambers

Forced Marriage and Court of Protection

In this two part article, Adreeja Chatterjee provides an introduction to the forced marriage legislation.

Full article: No5 Chambers

Marriage (Same Gender Couples) Act 2013 - Top ten guide

This is an Act to make provision for same sex couples in England and Wales and about gender change for married persons and civil partners.

Full article: Family Law

Samantha Bangham’s Week in Cases 26 July 2013

Samantha Bangham looks at the week's case highlights.

Full article: Family Law

Transparency in the family courts guidance

Joanne Clarke discusses the President's draft guidelines outlining a proposed new approach to the publication of family judgments.

Full article: Family Law

Children: Public Law Update (July 2013)

John Tughan, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, examines some important recent judgments of particular interest to public law children lawyers.

Full article: Family Law Week

Japan has responded to the EU review, so have you?

David Hodson urges international family practitioners to respond to the Balance of Competences Review.

Full article: Family Law

Piercing the corporate veil

"The unanimous judgment of the Supreme Court in Petrodel Resources Ltd v Prest led to a media circus. Now the dust has settled, we have more clarity on the repercussions of the case for those involved in family and company law." Says Nicholas Bennett.

Full article: Law Society Gazette

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Consent orders and costs guidance from the Court of Appeal

Emezie v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWCA Civ 733 was an appeal allowed against a costs order - ‘no order as to costs' - made by Mostyn J in a judicial review housing case, where the housing authority settled a judicial review case after issue by the applicant.

Full article: Family Law

Effecting change in local family justice systems? Findings from the Cafcass Pre-Proceedings Pilot

Dr Karen Broadhurst of Lancaster University explains the findings of a recently completed pilot involving family court advisers in public law pre-proceedings practice.

Full article: Family Law Week

Finance and Divorce July 2013 Update

Jessica Craigs, solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published in June.

Full article: Family Law Week

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Declarations in the family law context

"CM v Exor of the Estate of EJ (deceased) and HM Coroner for the Southern District of London [2013] EWHC 1680 (Fam), Cobb J reminds family lawyers of the important remedy of declaration." Says David Burrows.

Full article: Family Law

Ministry of Justice review of EU powers in family law

"The Ministry of Justice is presently conducting a review of the extent of the powers and laws of the EU. This includes family law where the influence of the EU is very keenly felt by practitioners dealing with international families." Says David Hodson.

Full article: Family Law