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Marriage is “a social justice issue”

Marriage is “a social justice issue”

Higher income couples marry at a much higher rate than those with lower earnings, according to a new report from the think tank the Centre for Social Justice. Amongst the 20 per cent of the population with the highest incomes, 83 per cent are married, compared only 55...

Dispute between Polish parents sent back to the High Court

Dispute between Polish parents sent back to the High Court

A multinational dispute between the parents of a seven year-old boy has been sent back to the High Court for a rehearing. In S (A Child), the youngster had been born in Poland following a brief relationship between his parents. The father saw his son, referred to as...

All things bright and beautiful

All things bright and beautiful

So, we’ve read so much these past few months about lawyers learning to work from home, going paperless overnight, embracing remote technology with Zoom meetings and video court hearings. But once the Major Family Law team had mastered all those, we decided to set...

Senior judges thank the family courts

Senior judges thank the family courts

Acting on behalf of Family Division President Sir Andrew McFarlane, two senior judges have published a thank you to professionals working within the family justice system for their hard work amidst the stresses and strains of the pandemic. High Court Judge Mrs Justice...

Government urges social distancing at weddings

Government urges social distancing at weddings

The government has published new guidance for couples planning to stage “small” weddings or civil partnership ceremonies in England while the pandemic continues. Published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the guidance sets out safe...

New power for judges to intervene in domestic abuse trials

New power for judges to intervene in domestic abuse trials

Judges presiding over domestic abuse trials are to be given new powers to intervene in the conduct of a trial to prevent alleged victims being subjected to aggressive questioning, the government has announced. They will also be provided with separate waiting rooms and...

No fault divorce on the horizon

No fault divorce on the horizon

No fault divorce will become a reality in Britain next year, the government has announced. This major change will be delivered by the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, which completed its passage through Parliament earlier this month. It is now awaiting the...

“No return to normal court operation for months”

“No return to normal court operation for months”

In a new publication entitled The Family Court and COVID 19: The Road Ahead, the President of the Family Division has outlined likely working conditions in the English and Welsh family court for the remainder of the year. Sir Andrew McFarlane explained that judges and...

Pandemic delays divorce applications

Pandemic delays divorce applications

The country’s largest divorce centre now takes an average of five weeks to obtain judicial approval of ‘consent’ orders (orders concerning the division of finances and property). The Bury St Edmunds Regional Divorce Centre is the central processing point for all...

Stephanie Layton: the newest member of our legal team

Stephanie Layton: the newest member of our legal team

Our newest recruit had some unexpected challenges to face when she joined the team in March: just weeks later, the country went into lockdown and all but three of us began working from home. But Stephanie found her feet quickly and she has become a valued member of...

Covid-19: an update on our business

Covid-19: an update on our business

Partial re-opening of our Ponteland offices Throughout lockdown our staff were working hard from home to make sure we continued to offer our clients the level of service they deserve. We are now pleased to announce that we have re-opened our Ponteland office with...

Indian domestic violence receiving fewer male callers

Indian domestic violence receiving fewer male callers

There was a 40 per cent drop in the number of Indian men calling domestic violence helplines in April following the introduction of lockdown measures, a national coalition has reported. A total of 1,774 Indian men from 22 states called during the month, claiming their...

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