Is Paternity Fraud really a “ticking time bomb”?

Apparently there are millions of fathers around the world who are, unwittingly, raising other men’s children as their own.

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Bundled off

It’s a new dawn and Marilyn Stowe is feeling good about a future where digital files will replace bundles in court.

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Legal aid and domestic violence

LAG has been working with the Women’s Institute, Rights of Women and other organisations to try and influence the government into rethinking its proposals on restricting legal aid to women and other victims of domestic violence.

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A capital idea: Will courts now consider other assets in child maintenance cases?

In the recent High Court case of FG v MBW ([2011] EWHC 1729 (Fam) child maintenance payments were ordered to be made out of a non-resident father’s capital.

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Narey Report Part II – Blueprint or Fairy Story?

In part I of this blog post I dealt primarily with the *cough* provenance of the report, and with rigour of the referencing and the source material that Martin Narey relied upon in his report.

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Brough v Law: Child maintenance assessment ceased to have effect only at the end of six months continuous cohabitation

In Brough v Law [2011] EWCA Civ 1183, decided today, the Court of Appeal considered the effect of the parents' reconciliation upon a child maintenance assessment, with reference to the provisions of the Child Support Act 1991 as operative in 1999.

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Lottery, divorce and Mr Justice Mostyn’s lesson in the law

Mr Justice Mostyn is not only a very good judge, but also a brilliant academic. ... Last week his latest judgment, S v AG [2011] EWHC 2637 (Fam), was published.

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The Garrick Club does a disservice to all judges, male or female

Baroness Hale of Richmond, the only woman judge in the Supreme Court, is “dismayed” that so many judges belong to the Garrick Club.

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Transparency... Coming to a "secret" court near you?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Family Courts Information Pilot, a project trialled by the Ministry of Justice and some participating courts whereby written judgments were produced for certain types of cases.

Full post: The Small Places

S v AG: Dealing with a lottery prize on divorce

Lottery prizes have been much in the news this week, and today the High Court got in on the act, in the case S v AG (Financial Remedy: Lottery Prize) [2011] EWHC 2637 (Fam).

Full post: Family Lore

LiP Service

Litigants in Person are in the news. The penny seems to be dropping that they are becoming the norm rather than the exception.

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Domicile and jurisdiction

As I mentioned in my post about habitual residence, this blog receives a number of enquiries from people living outside England, enquiring whether it is possible to divorce in England.

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H-K (Children): Habitual residence does not require permanence

At first blush the decision in H-K (Children) [2011] EWCA Civ 1100, handed down today, may seem a little contrary: a family come to England clearly intending only to stay for a year, and yet the Court of Appeal held that they were habitually resident in this country.

Full post: Family Lore

Mirror Orders to Help Prevent International Child Abduction

So-called "mirror" orders can be a useful tool in the arsenal of lawyers who handle cases concerning international child travel and the prevention of potential international child abduction. So, what exactly is a mirror order, and how can it be employed to protect your client’s parental interests?

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G v A: The Folly of Continuous Litigation

Where to begin with this sorry tale? The most recent events have just been reported on Bailii, but to say that they will be the end of the story would, I fear, be somewhat optimistic.

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How do you demonstrate habitual residence?

This blog receives many enquiries from people overseas who wish to know if they are able to present a divorce petition in England. The answer, quite simply, rests on whether or not there is jurisdiction to do so.

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