We trust PDF files too much – and why we shouldn’t

Byron James, Partner with Expatriate Law, explains why, when examining PDFs adduced as evidence, one should not always believe what one sees.

Full article: Family Law Week

AI and the President meet big data

A recent speech by Sir Andrew McFarlane, the President of the Family Division, England’s most senior family court judge, announced a project to gather data on the financial circumstances leading to family court financial settlements.

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How the law on authorising deprivation of liberty will change

Parliament has now approved legislation to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Lawyer Tim Spencer-Lane, who worked on the bill, explains what it means.

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RE B (A Child) (Post-Adoption Contact) [2019] EWCA Civ 29: What is the Future for Post-Adoption Contact?

The issue of post-adoption contact was recently considered by the Court of Appeal in Re B (A Child) (Post-Adoption Contact) [2019] EWCA Civ 29. This article, written by the solicitor and junior counsel for the appellants, considers the backdrop against which this appeal was made and where this judgment leaves the issue of post-adoption contact.

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Pierburg and habitual residence: certainty at last?

Last week, judgment was handed down in the High Court in the case of Pierburg v Pierburg [2019] EWFC 24. It is hoped that Moor J’s decision will bring clarity to the topic of so-called ‘divorce tourism’, which had been left in a state of uncertainty for the past decade, by offering definitive guidance on how to determine whether the English court has jurisdiction to deal with a divorce.

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Children Act ‘betrayed’ in climate of cuts, top family barrister says

Cuts to services have “essentially betrayed the legacy of the Children Act 1989” by piling pressure on families and social workers, driving the current rise in care proceedings, a leading family lawyer told a debate yesterday.

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Paying for privacy?

Stuart Clark, partner at The International Family Law Group LLP examines a recent Court of Appeal decision on privacy in family law cases and asks whether in practice anonymity is the preserve of only the very wealthy.

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No-fault divorce proposals: Support in principle but anxieties in practice

David Hodson analyses the detail of the government proposals and finds areas of concern about how it will operate in practice.

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The Powers of the High Court in implementing a Child Abduction Summary Return: Re W [2019]

On 22 February 2019 Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles handed down judgment in Re W (Children) (Abduction: Implementation of Return Order) [2019] EWHC 357 (Fam).

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Speech by President of the Family Division to the Resolution Conference 2019

Keynote address by Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, Resolution Conference 2019, 5th April 2019.

Full speech: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Child Support and Shared Care: how can it be determined whether there is a parent who provides day to day care to a lesser extent?

The Child Maintenance Calculation Regulations 2012 introduced an important change to the law concerning child support. Per Regulation 50, in cases in which neither parent “provides day to day care to a lesser extent” than the other, there will be no jurisdiction for the agency to make a calculation.

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Children: Public Law Update (Spring 2019)

John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent, important Children Public Law cases.

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