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the family courts

CAFCASS – changing times

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This week we are looking at the role of the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (‘CAFCASS ‘) in family cases and how this may change in the future.  By way of reminder, a while ago we wrote about the role of CAFCASS in our ‘who or what is CAFCASS’ blog. Recent guidance issued by CAFCASS suggests their involvement with families and the court system will change. With effect from 1 July, CAFCASS issued specific guidance, with the approval of the President of the Family Division, on the use of their professional time to benefit children.  The overall aim…

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Equity vs equality – the sharing principle and fairness in short marriages

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This week we thought we’d look at the application of the ‘sharing principle’ following an interesting development in the law in the reported decision of Mr and Mrs Sharp. The case involves a couple in their mid-40s, worth around £6.9M. They did not have any children. The wealth was largely generated through substantial bonuses paid to the wife during the marriage. At the outset of their relationship the couple earned relatively similar amounts (c.£100k p.a.) and later, the wife received bonuses totalling c.£10.5M over the course of their 6 year marriage (including 18 months of pre-marital cohabitation). As is commonly…

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Attending court on my own – what do I do?

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Today we are looking at how to help those representing themselves in court proceedings. As members of Resolution we take an amicable and non-confrontational approach and try to keep families out of litigation if at all possible. However, for some families, turning to the court is the only way to make real progress on certain issues, particularly where out-of-court dispute resolution options have been tried unsuccessfully. Moving towards court proceedings does not have to mean all-out battle with your former partner. It is entirely possible to conduct court proceedings in a measured, constructive and non-combative manner, and that is what…

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Highlighting Children’s Rights

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This week we wanted to shine a spotlight on a charity that does valuable work to give the most vulnerable children in society a voice, and which has this week announced two new initiatives that further its mission. That charity is Coram, which started as a foundling hospital established in London by Captain Thomas Coram in 1739. Its focus is still on working for better lives for children and young adults at risk, and one of its areas of focus is children who need access to justice – a subject particularly close to our hearts. The first of Coram’s announcements…

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