Changing a Child’s Name

Charlotte Rachael Proudman, barrister at 1 Mitre Court Buildings provides legal guidance on applications to change a child’s name, whether forename or surname, during private law children proceedings.

Full article: Family Law Week

Contact, European Convention 1950, Art 8 and assessment of parents’ evidence

In two very different contact disputes the Court of Appeal has recently looked at parents' appeals partly in the light of Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 1950, Art 8 (right to respect for family life), though in each case for different reasons.

Full article: Family Law

Time to Call a Halt – New Court of Appeal Guidance in Adoption Cases: Re B-S [2013] EWCA Civ 813

Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings and Nicola Harries of Baxter Harries Solicitors draw lessons from new guidance in adoption cases, set out by the Court of Appeal in Re B-S in which they acted for the respondent.

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Laying Down The Law On Freezing Orders

In UL v BK [2013] EWHC 1735 (Fam), Mostyn J reiterated the mantra that the law to be applied in one court room must be the same as that applied in the next, whether in the High Court or a county court, the Family Division or the Chancery.

Full article: Mondaq

Court of Protection Update (September 2013)

Sally Bradley and Michael Edwards, barristers, 4 Paper Buildings, consider three important judgments of the Court of Protection.

Full article: Family Law Week

What Are Care Proceedings For?

Lady Hale's Munkman Lecture, 16th September 2013.

Full article: Zenith Chambers (PDF)

In the matter of A (Children) [2013] UKSC 60 – An Analysis

Alex Verdan QC, Jacqueline Renton and Michael Gration, all of 4 Paper Buildings, consider the significance and impact of the Supreme Court’s recent judgment in A (Children), in which they represented interveners Children and Families Across Borders.

Full article: Family Law Week

Finance and Divorce September 2013 Update

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

Full article: Family Law Week

Jurisdiction and meaning of habitual residence

The Supreme Court on 9 September handed down judgment in what is undoubtedly a landmark decision in relation to issues of jurisdiction.

Full article: Law Society Gazette

Owusu goes to the Court of Appeal

David Hodson sets out information of an appeal to be heard by the Court of Appeal in early October on the Owusu issue, a matter of considerable importance to the English and international family law professions on divorce forum disputes with non-EU countries.

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Costs, a ‘clean sheet’, and a starting-point for costs orders

"In Solomon v Solomon [2013] EWCA Civ 1095 Ryder LJ gives a welcome reminder of the Gojkovic costs decision of Butler-Sloss LJ - namely, that the award of costs in family proceedings may be linked to the civil proceedings general principle: that costs follow the event", says David Burrows.

Full article: Family Law

View from the President's Chambers 6

The process of reform : latest developments.

Full article: FLBA (PDF)

Divorce lawyers: proving our worth

Solicitors must demonstrate the value of a qualified family lawyer in divorce cases.

Full article: Law Society Gazette

David Hodson on International Family Law: Which countries are in the EU?

David Hodson in his opinion piece on international family law, and perhaps prompted by too many rum punches in the Caribbean, looks at the many countries, territories, islands, and other geographical entities which are either part of the EU or linked with the EU in some way and needing family law consideration.

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Changes to Child Maintenance

Anna Heenan, Solicitor at Gregg Latchams LLP explains the latest changes to the child support regime.

Full article: Family Law Week

Impact of Universal Credit on spousal maintenance

Nigel Shepherd of Mills & Reeve assesses the impact of Universal Credit on spousal maintenance.

Full article: Family Law Hub

Clarity in committal orders – legal aid for defence of committal

David Burrows looks at Re Jones (Alleged Contempt of Court) [2013] EWHC 2579 (Fam).

Full article: Family Law