family courts

How do family courts respond to uncooperative parents?

Faced with uncooperative parents, the family courts can apply a range of sanctions, as long as these do not affect the welfare of the couple’s…

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What happens if the value of my business changes during divorce?

If the value of a business you own goes up or down between the time you separate from your partner and the completion of your…

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Moving abroad with your child after divorce: the law

The world became a smaller place when international travel became affordable for most people. Romance and marriage soon followed and multinational couples are now relatively…

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Court of Appeal rejects decision in domestic violence case

The Court of Appeal has reinstated findings in a domestic violence case which had been set aside in the lower courts over concerns that an…

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Rapid look at remote hearings in the family courts

A two-week consultation into the use of remote hearings in the family courts has delivered mixed results. Conducted at the request of Family Division President…

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Attending court: at a distance!

The continuing COVID-19 crisis means that all that court hearings will be taking place remotely for the time being.  Participating in a hearing by telephone…

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Family Division President begins ‘transparency review’

Family Division President Sir Andrew McFarlane has launched a new review of ‘transparency’ measures within the family courts. Greater public and media access to family…

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First female Supreme Court President retires

Lady Hale, the first female President of the Supreme Court, has retired after two years and three months in the role. She has been succeeded…

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McKenzie Friends ‘mislead’ family litigants

Unqualified courtroom advisors can provide litigants with biased and misleading advice, researchers have claimed. McKenzie Friends provide assistance to ‘litigants in person’: people who are…

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Retired senior family court judge considers austerity

The former President of the Family Division lamented the current state of the family courts in a recent speech. The Family Division is one of…

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