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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

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    A week in family law: domestic abuse, divorce centres, transparency and child maintenance

    A week in family law from John Bolch, This week it is all about domestic abuse, divorce centres, transparency and child maintenance. Domestic abuse prosecutions down A bulletin containing prosecution data for quarter 2 2019-2020 has been published by the Crown Prosecution Service (‘CPS’). In relation to domestic abuse, the data shows that the total […] More

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    A week in family law: domestic abuse, child support and divorce

    This week in family law, John Bolch looks at domestic abuse, child support and divorce. Domestic abuse prosecutions A joint report published by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services has concluded that the handling of evidence led domestic abuse prosecutions (i.e. where the victim […] More

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    January Sees Sharp Spike in Divorces

    January. A time for many to reflect and set goals for the year ahead. And according to a recent article by Fox Business, a time to get divorced. The article quotes James McLaren, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, who says that, beginning in January, the total number of divorce filings rises a […] More

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    Scott Downing Talks to the Houston Chronicle About Divorce Month’s Impact on Business

    Scott Downing spoke about the complications regarding national divorce month and its impact on business owners, especially in cases where the spouses seeking divorce are co-owners of the business at hand. “If you own a business with your spouse, it can be expressed in the paperwork as 50-50 owners of the company. There’s a lot […] More

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    Family law stories: troubled families, divorce and… not divorce

    Just two ‘real’ family law stories this week, although one of them was a biggie. More funding for troubled families Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has announced that families with deep-rooted problems will receive support to get their lives back on track, with up to £165 million of new funding. The funding for the Troubled […] More