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    Lords debate Divorce Bill – Part 1

    On the 3rd of March the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, which aims to bring in a system of no-fault divorce, went through its committee stage in the House of Lords. The debate was quite lengthy, commencing at 4.11 pm and ending at 9.33 pm, and covered a lot of ground. Obviously, I cannot go through it all in detail here, […] More

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    A week in family law: a “sacrificed” career, a Domestic Abuse Bill and access to family justice data

    Three stories this week: one not as significant as some have indicated, and two that are very significant.  The wife who “sacrificed” career for marriage awarded compensation  A wife who “sacrificed” her career as a solicitor so that she could look after her children has been awarded £400,000 compensation as part of a financial remedies award. The wife had met the husband at a law […] More

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    Family law news: judicial training and jail for an abuser

    After a busy week last week, the family law news this week has been rather thin. I did, however, come up with two stories: Training for Judges The judiciary has announced new training for judges, responding to concerns about the attitude of judges towards the issue of sexual consent. The concerns arose from a recent […] More

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    A week in family law: Cafcass statistics, Islamic marriage and more

    This week in family law it’s all about Cafcass statistics, Islamic marriage and more… Cafcass statistics The latest figures for public law (including care) applications and private law demand, for December 2019, have been published by Cafcass. In that month the service received a total of 1,541 new public law applications (involving 2,417 children), 91 […] More

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    Mr Justice MacDonald reflects upon the past and future of family law

    A time for reflection The past and future of family law: It seems to be a time for judicial and other reflection upon the history of our family justice system. Only in December, I wrote here about a speech by the President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane, in which he looked back at […] More

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    Crisis in private family law: Munby fears for state of family justice system

    Crisis in private family law: As I mentioned here on Friday, the former President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has warned about a ‘crisis in private family law’, in a speech that he prepared for a conference on shared parenting in Edinburgh (in the event he did not deliver the speech, as he was unable to attend […] More

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    A week in family law: legal aid, a crisis and a treacherous husband  

    Public support for legal aid  The public overwhelmingly supports legal aid, the Law Society has said, as it marked the anniversary of the government’s review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (‘LASPO’), which abolished legal aid for most private law family cases. The Society said that public backing was strongest for funding […] More

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    Government considering consultation on divorce finances

    House of Lords considers divorce Bill Consultation on divorce finances: Last Wednesday, the 5th of February, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, which aims to introduce a system of no-fault divorce, had its second reading in the House of Lords, where it was introduced. The debate was quite long, lasting over three hours, and I […] More