Those Cruel Courts

Sir Nicholas Wall in a speech to Families Need Fathers thinks that the Family Justice Review may diminish or even abolish legal aid for private law family disputes.

Full post: WALL

Fathers’ rights on the agenda for upcoming family justice reform

Last week I posted on a speech given by Sir Nicholas Wall on family justice reform. The speech has been widely reported: see articles on the BBC and Zoe Williams’ challenge to Sir Nicholas’ point that intelligent parents made worse litigants.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Forget the soundbites: Lord Justice Wall is the herald of family law reform

Earlier this week I appeared on BBC Radio Four’s popular PM programme to discuss a speech made by the President of the Family Division, Lord Justice Wall, to Families Need Fathers.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Should we send more child support evaders to prison?

I posted last week about the high child support collection rate in Allegheny County, in the USA. It has since been pointed out to me that with a case load of 46,500 Allegheny County sent 345 people to jail last year for failure to pay, whereas over here the CSA has a case load of 1.2 million and only 40 people were jailed.

Full post: Family Lore

Pension values in divorce – pitfall number … 99?

A recent announcement by Standard Life presents a simple argument for why you might need professional input from your friendly IFA or actuary when looking at pension values in divorce.

Full post: The Ancillary Actuary

Top judge says legal aid in family cases may disappear

The president of the family courts, Sir Nicholas Wall, has given a wide-ranging speech to Families Needs Fathers. In it he outlined his own vision for change and also sounded a warning that legal aid in family cases may soon be abolished.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

The President speaks

Sir Nicholas Wall is back in the news. In a speech to Families Need Fathers, the President attacked parents who use their children as 'ammunition' in separations, gave an indication of possible reform to private children law and issued a warning about the future of legal aid.

Full post: Family Lore

Divorce and bankruptcy: why we all need a “BOGWIT” order

Guest blogger Jonathan James of Stowe Family Law writes a salutary reminder in this post about the perils of sustained delay, a complex and highly topical issue that has been brought into relief by recent changes to the way inflation is measured in relation to pensions.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Postnuptial agreements and “America’s Messiest Divorce”: what would happen here?

This week I read a fascinating piece in U.S. Marie Claire magazine, by Justine Musk. “I Was a Starter Wife”: Inside America’s Messiest Divorce describes her marriage to the fabulously wealthy entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Book Review: Tax and Family Breakdown

When I received Tax and Family Breakdown for review I was slightly surprised by the size of the book: 281 pages (although nearly half of those are appendices, more of which below) – it is generally considered that there is very little tax law that the family practitioner needs to know, and most general family law text books only devote a few pages to the subject.

Full post: Family Lore

“Conflicting out”: when can solicitors be prevented from acting?

What are the circumstances in which a firm of solicitors may be restrained from acting for a client in a family law case?

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Family Advocacy Scheme Looms

The new FAS is rushing fast towards us. The clerks have been on training. There has been a flurry of new SIP-like forms, and we will soon have to start working out quite what the new scheme will mean on a day to day basis.

Full post: Pink Tape

Roll up! Roll up! Join The JR!

I’ve been asked to post information about another forthcoming JR of the LSC in respect of the family tender.

Full post: Pink Tape

The child contract

A Twitter contact of mine came up with a beautifully simple solution to the age old problem of how parents continue parenting when a relationship breaks down: a Children Contract.

Full post: Family Law Blog

A broken engagement

Dibble v Pfluger [2010] EWCA Civ 1005 concerns an appeal in a joint property case, largely decided on its facts. It has one interesting point of note for anyone who practices in this field: the couples were engaged to be married for much of the period of their relationship.

Full post: Nearly Legal

Imerman v Tchenguiz in the real-world: one reader’s dilemma

A blog reader, Paul, commented on a recent post about Imerman v Tchenguiz and the Court of Appeal’s decision in that case.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Turn Off The TAP – Is Collaborative Law Suitable For You?

The Collaborative Law approach within family law can be so attractive that there is sometimes a rush to collaborate even when the process is not suitable for a particular client, or family.

Full post: About Family Law

Book Review: Resolution Family Disputes Handbook

The Resolution Family Disputes Handbook sets out to provide ‘an authoritative guide to offering non-court based solutions’ to family disputes. Written by Resolution’s ADR committee, it comprises 16 chapters (not the 19 stated on The Law Society’s website), covering the various alternatives to court (primarily mediation and collaborative law), and a number of related issues.

Full post: Family Lore

Family Justice Review – Condensed

Lucy Reed gives her condensed response to the Family Justice Review questions.

Full post: Pink Tape

Divorce solicitors: when is the best time to seek second opinions?

Marilyn Stowe gives some advice for those who are unhappy with the way their divorce is going.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog