Claiming for the costs of a surrogacy arrangement: A new head of loss?

In the recent case of XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust XX received £74,000 for the cost of two surrogacies in the UK. This was because XX was unable to bear children as a direct consequence of her delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer.

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Article 15 transfer requests – what happens next? (FE v MR and Others)

Analysing a case where the Family Court submitted a ‘highly unusual’ request under Article 15 of Brussels II bis to the Spanish court for it to transfer jurisdiction to the courts of England and Wales, Chris Stevenson, barrister at Fourteen, questions how such cases will be approached in a post-Brexit world.

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The revised Practice Direction 12J: Child Arrangements & Contact Order: Domestic Violence and Harm

Marie Crawford, barrister of Becket Chambers, explains in detail the changes to Practice Direction 12J.

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Have We Created a Monster? Intractable Contact Disputes and Parental Alienation in Context

Briony Palmer, barrister of 3 Dr Johnson's Buildings, considers intractable contact disputes where the underlying reasons are not obvious.

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Sustaining FDACs in times of austerity

This ninth blog from the Family Drug and Alcohol Court National Unit (FDAC NU) focuses on the challenges of sustainability facing FDACs and the ways in which the NU supports FDAC sites in making the case for ongoing funding.

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Finance and Divorce Update, November 2017

Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during October 2017.

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Surrogacy and HFEA Update (November 2017)

Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent developments relating to surrogacy law as well as the latest cases concerning administrative errors and the HFEA.

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Covert recordings: what should family lawyers advise?

It is now the case that practitioners are frequently seeing covert recordings arise in the context of family proceedings which involve the recording of family members, children and professionals.

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Support for older children when parents divorce

The growth of the grey divorce or silver separation has given rise to a sharp increase in the numbers of young adults seeing their parents separate.

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Financial claims for children following parental separation: child maintenance and Schedule 1

In the recent case of Green v Adams [2017] EWFC 24 Mr Justice Mostyn discussed the constraints of child support and the perceived shortcomings in the latest child maintenance regime (introduced by the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008).

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Covert recordings in family proceedings (Re B (A Child))

Farooq Ahmed, barrister at Westgate Chambers, considers the Court of Appeals decision in Re B (A Child) and how practitioners should consider whether to introduce covert recordings in family proceedings.

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MIAMs: a worthy idea, failing in delivery

Andrew Moore and Sue Brookes, both of Mills and Reeve LLP, consider mediation information assessment meetings, highlighting the flaws in the process and what can be done to improve the current system.

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