Doing Violence to Legal Aid

I’ve noticed another teensy glitch in the grand plans to save money through what has now become fondly known as “the LASPO car crash“.

Full post: Pink Tape

Family courts guide to Media Access & Reporting

The family courts in conjunction with the Judicial College and the Society of Editors have has published a Guide to Media Access and Reporting.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

N v N: The limits of appeal

Family Law Week has published two judgments in the case of N v N, which went before the Court of Appeal at the end of June.

Full post: Family Lore

How to negotiate: winning advice from Julian Hawkhead

I asked Julian to write a post about negotiation for this blog, after it struck me that his advice applies to plenty of real-life situations, not just divorce – and that perhaps readers, lawyers and non-lawyers alike, would find it useful.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Child protection inspections should put children at their heart

Inspections without notice and more observation of child protection work in practice are needed, Ofsted suggests.

Full post: Joe Public Blog

Child support is a matter for judges

This week the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission published its annual report and accounts for 2010/11.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

MIAMs and mediation: a beginner’s guide.

At Stowe Family Law Settlements, we have started to receive enquiries and questions from prospective clients about MIAMs – or, to give them their full name, Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings. MIAMs were only introduced in April 2011, but if you are considering divorce you will need to know what they are, who can provide them and if you need to have one before issuing divorce proceedings.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Government publishes response to consultation on the future of child maintenance

The Government has today published its response to the Green Paper consultation on Strengthening families, promoting parental responsibility: the future of child maintenance.

Full post: Family Lore

The Narey Report: A Blueprint for the nation’s lost children?

The Narey Report was published early last week (5 July). You may not have read it because, unusually for a report which purports to be signally important in the development of government policy on matters of such public interest and importance as the permanent severing of the child : parent relationship, it is behind a paywall and (C) News International Trading Limited and hailed as an “exclusive”.

Full post: Pink Tape

MK v. CK: Relocation application by a care sharer

MK v CK [2011] EWCA Civ 793, decided today, concerned a father's application for permission to appeal against a relocation order.

Full post: Family Lore

The Bar Pro Bono Unit & Family Cases

The Unit is a charity which exists to try to fill the increasing gulf between those individuals able to fund legal assistance on a private basis and those eligible for legal aid.

Full post: Pink Tape

The Perfect Divorce: can this husband do it?

The husband ... has played a real blinder. From my perspective, he has carefully and strategically planned his Perfect Divorce.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Work and Pensions Committee publishes report on child maintenance reforms

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has today published its report 'The Government's proposed child maintenance reforms'.

Full post: Family Lore