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On Being ‘Published’

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Regular readers of our blog might well be aware that the legal system in England and Wales is based on both statute (laws passed by Parliament) and case law (decisions by the higher court judges which set ‘precedents’ to be followed in future cases), these precedent cases are published and available to all to read and consider. In England and Wales there is a principle that justice must not just be done, it must also be seen to be done. Family cases are often heard in private, and the privacy of the family court has been criticised for being an…

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Specialist family courts being piloted for financial matters

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You may well have seen recent reports in the newspapers on plans to open specialist family courts to deal with the ‘super-wealthy’ battling over their finances following relationship breakdown. These headlines and articles have been somewhat misleading. It is true that the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, did circulate a statement on Friday 8th December, six months after declaring that the time had come to ‘de-link’ applications for divorce (decree nisi / decree absolute) from financial proceedings, indicating that there will be a pilot of a specialist court dealing solely with finances following the breakdown of a marriage….

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A round up of 2017

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It is CFLP tradition at this time, to do a little review of the year, recapping some of the developments we’ve seen during the last 12 months. As we start the New Year, we can look back on a year of major calls for changes to family law in England and Wales and on a small number of new developments. In January, we wrote about the Law Commission’s proposals for improvements to the court’s powers to enforce financial orders. These proposals focus on giving the courts more specific powers of enforcement, along with providing clearer Practice Directions, to ensure that…

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Lack of rights for cohabitees is failing 3.3m families, Says Resolution

By | Law news, Living together/cohabitation, News | No Comments

This week we are fully supporting Resolution’s Cohabitation Awareness Raising Week. Resolution’s drive to generate greater awareness around cohabitation follows the recent release from the Office of National Statistics of its Families and Households in the UK 2017 report. The report reveals that there are now 3.3 million cohabiting families in the UK. With one in six couples currently cohabiting, this is the fastest growing family type of the study. The number of cohabiting couples has doubled over the last twenty years and is expected to rise to one in four over the next two decades. Resolution has responded to the ONS figures by…

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