Updating maintenance law: how can we better define needs?

There is an excellent article in this month’s Family Law written by Prof Elizabeth Cooke a Law Commissioner and Professor of Law at the University of Reading entitled “Pre-nups and beyond: What is the Law Commission up to now?”

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FJR Response Considered – at last

I’ve said nothing so far about the Government response to the FJR, partly due to lack of time and partly due to lack of motivation.

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Introducing family law arbitration…

From today, qualified arbitrators can now decide a range of financial family law issues with legally binding outcomes or ‘awards’.

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Z (A child): Relocation after MK v CK

Z (A child) [2012] EWHC 139 (Fam) is, to my knowledge, the first reported relocation case since MK v CK [2011] EWCA Civ 793.

Full post: Family Lore

Religious marriages: what constitutes a valid marriage in England?

This post will examine cases involving religious ceremonies where the issue of the marriage’s validity has subsequently arisen.

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Smacks of hypocrisy

Not so long ago David Lammy was criticised for suggesting a relaxation of smacking laws, it was said he had sought to blame the summer riots upon the disempowerment of parents embodied in laws preventing the exercise of parental discipline.

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Court bans autistic woman from having sex

The Court of Protection has ruled that an autistic woman with an IQ of 64 does not have the mental capacity to engage in sexual relations, on the basis that she does not understand the implications and cannot effectively deploy the information she has understood into her decisions.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

When is a marriage not a marriage?

Getting married is meant to be an exciting, romantic time and no one wants to think about what would happen if it all goes wrong.

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Back to basics: how I think we can help our stretched courts

I recently posted on the dire situation facing the judiciary, noting the comments made by District Judge Nicholas Crichton about our courts being stacked out with Litigants in Person and the detrimental effect it is having on the entire family justice system.

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Legal Aid Update

In fact it’s been a while since I’ve done more than whine tangentially about the Government’s attempt to wreck the legal aid system. It’s time for an update.

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And when did you last see your father?

There have been conflicting stories in the press this week about how and whether the government intends to change the law in order to ensure that both parents see more of their children after divorce.

Full post: Lords of the Blog

Legal Aid Bill domestic violence concession?

So far the government has made two concessions on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, currently in the committee stage of the House of Lords. It seems more concessions might be on the way before the bill is approved.

Full post: LAG News Blog

Why I think grandparents’ legal rights are fit for purpose

Should or should there not be automatic rights of contact for grandparents with their grandchildren? For some years now there has been healthy debate regarding whether they should be given the legal right to exercise contact.

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