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Domestic abuse law overhaul

Perpetrators of domestic abuse will no longer be able to cross-examine their former partners in the family courts under a comprehensive set of new legal reforms tabled by the government, designed to tackle the issue. The new set of measures will also create a legal definition of domestic abuse, which will include economic abuse and controlling behaviour. The bill to …

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Amazon billionaire leading the way on divorce

It is customary for the mainstream media to leap on the crass label of the first week of January as “divorce week”, highlighting the increase in parties separating after what has often been a difficult and traumatic festive period. Financial worries, childcare pressure and increased time together can frequent cause enough pressure to see some relationships reach that tipping point …

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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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Divorce Week – A Myth?

Traditionally, the busiest time of year for family practitioners is the first week of January where new enquiries will rise significantly, coining this week as “Divorce Week”. This may be down to the stress and pressures accompanied with Christmas and perhaps extended family members visiting for prolonged periods of time. Some marriages may already feel the strain of the relationship well before …

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Hague Convention

The Hague Convention is a piece of legislation entered into by a number of countries (known as ‘contracting states’) to protect children internationally from wrongful removal or retention and to establish procedures to ensure their safe return to their country of habitual residence. There are a number of principles behind the Hague Convention: Upon attaining the age of 16 years …

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Financial Needs

In June 2016 the Family Justice Council published its ‘Guidance on Financial Needs on Divorce‘ which follows on from the Law Commission’s 2014 report on matrimonial property, needs and agreements. The publication deals primarily with two principles  – what are needs and what level should they be met and also the duration  of any spousal maintenance for the receiving party to …