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Domestic Violence Allegations Under Scrutiny

Lead shared parenting charity, Families Need Fathers, has criticised a recent study jointly published by CAFCASS and Women’s Aid, indicating that 62% of Children Act 1989 applications heard before the family courts involved a risk domestic abuse. Families Need Fathers has described the joint report as “…one-sided publication that is clearly intended to influence practice in the Family Courts” which “betrays …

Selling the family home – too late to change your mind?

Family law matters occasional occupy centre stage in the media spotlight, as we have seen over the course of this summer, in the heart-breaking case of Charlie Gard. The attention this case has attracted has understandably meant that many other important family law judgments have flown under the radar, receiving less attention than they might otherwise ordinarily receive – none …

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Late Night Court

Back in March this year, the Ministry of Justice (“MoJ”) revived its plans to extend court opening times meaning that courts could stay open as late as 8.30pm. The MoJ originally introduced flexible court sittings following the 2011 London riots which, under the scheme, meant 42 Magistrates’ courts had extended weekday as well as weekend sittings. Now the MoJ has …

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Hunter & Uro Solicitors Pro Bono Scheme

Hunter & Uro are proud to announce that they have been accepted as a signatory to the Law Society’s Pro Bono Charter, demonstrating their continued commitment to providing access to justice. The firm follows the statement of commitment, as set out by the Charter, confirming that we believe that access to justice should be available to all members of society, …

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CAFCASS – what does the future hold?

CAFCASS has released a policy paper on the use of CAFCASS officers in children proceedings in the future. The paper, entitled “Guidance on the use of professional time to benefit children”, details the service’s view on the interaction they will have with litigants in future court proceedings. the guidance precedes the latest figures from CAFCASS earlier this month, indicating continued …

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Special contribution and “geniuses”

Hunter & Uro partner, Philip Hunter, has recently authored an article on the topical issue of special contribution to the welfare of the family and the notion of “genius”in enabling the court to deviate from its presumption of equality in matrimonial finances proceedings. The article was published by the Solicitors Journal and can be found here. There have been a …

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International divorce petitions

In an ever shrinking world with a greater number of international relationships, there is inevitably a greater number on international divorces. The rules governing service in family proceedings are contained in Part 6 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010)and the supporting practice directions (FPR 2010 and PD6). The rules about the service of application forms, notices and other documents …

Proportionality in proceedings

In the midst of litigation, it can sometimes be difficult for parties to retain a focus on the central strategy and objectives, as satellite issues are brought up distracting time, money and resources from the primary, central themes and points in dispute. In an effort to minimise the potential for this occurring, the court encourage parties to conduct the litigation …

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Family Assistance Orders – the underused tool to help children?

As of October 2014, there exists a statutory presumption that parental involvement in a child’s life, following family breakdown, is in the best interests of a child. In assessing contact and living arrangements for children, the court balances the need for children to have a relationship with the primary and secondary carer in an application for a Child Arrangements Orders (CAO). …

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What is the point in marriage?

Marriage rates continue to fall and more couples opt to cohabit than ever. Which begs the question; what is the point in marriage? Can the “No-Nup” and Family Justice Bill spell an end to traditional marriages in the UK? Calls made to offer unmarried couples more legal protection There have been calls recently to give unmarried couples the same kind …