Children: Private Law Update (April 2015)

Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.

Full article: Family Law Week

Family law: culture clash

As we reach the first anniversary of a ‘cultural revolution’ in family law, the complexities of people’s lives mean the reform process has a long way to go.

Full article: Law Society Gazette

Finance & Divorce Update April 2015

Clare Molyneux, senior solicitor and Rebecca Lang solicitor, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from March 2015.

Full article: Family Law Week

Re J: A Lesson on Threshold and Logic

Alex Laing, pupil, and Radhika Handa, barrister, of Coram Chambers, consider Re J in which the Court of Appeal picked up a number of the themes articulated by the President in Re A.

Full article: Family Law Week

Divorce in the United Arab Emirates

Mary Barton, a consultant solicitor with James Berry & Associates, provides a brief outline of the law applicable on divorce in the United Arab Emirates.

Full article: Family Law Week

Mediation Matters: MIAMs can be so much more than a box-ticking exercise

Today, 22 April 2015, is the first anniversary of Children and Families Act legislation that made it compulsory for separating couples seeking a court order to first attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM).

Full article: Family Law

Championing blame-free divorce

Removing the need for one party to take responsibility for marriage breakdown would make divorce more harmonious.

Full article: Law Society Gazette

False economies afflicting courts

Removal of public funding in family law is having a huge impact on court business.

Full article: Law Society Gazette

Fathers are not just for Christmas

Recently I attended a debate devoted to the highly emotive issue of relocation. I voiced the opinion that too little weight is given – still – to the damage caused to a child when one of their parents leaves the jurisdiction.

Full article: Family Law

Changes to the Divorce Process in England and Wales: Q&A

HM Courts & Tribunals Service explain how the forthcoming changes will affect the divorce process in England and Wales.

Full article: Family Law Week

Personal Support Unit – Bristol Civil Justice Centre

The use of Personal Support Units in civil justice centres across the country is gaining momentum as more and more units have opened and are engaging in providing support to those unable to afford legal assistance.

Full article: Family Law

View from the Foot of the Tower: Manifestos and Care Plans

As the country is in the grip of what I couldn't really describe as 'Election Fever' but something more akin to 'Election Nausea' following the televised debates, I did get to thinking about the similarities between Manifestos and Care Plans.

Full article: Family Law

Deprivation of liberty: a practical guide

The Law Society has issued comprehensive guidance on the law relating to the deprivation of liberty safeguards.

Full article: Law Society

Daedalus’s Twist? Secure Accommodation after a Child’s 16th Birthday

Alex Laing, pupil at Coram Chambers, examines whether, and if so on what basis, the court can place in secure accommodation a child who has celebrated his 16th birthday.

Full article: Family Law Week

Ariadne’s Golden Thread: Placing Children in Secure Accommodation

Alex Laing, pupil at Coram Chambers, provides a step-by-step guide through the secure accommodation labyrinth when determining whether to use section 25 of the Children Act 1989 or the inherent jurisdiction.

Full article: Family Law Week

Family Arbitration

Lecture by Sir Hugh Bennett at the Inner Temple.

Full article: The Inner Temple (PDF)

Family Court Key Decision Review: Part 1

In the first of a new series of quarterly round ups, Kathryn Taylor reviews some of the key decisions of the family court since December 2014, with a particular emphasis on Local Authority failings.

Full article: No5 Chambers