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Monthly Family Law Archives: October 2015

The numbers are in for same-sex marriages

The numbers are in for same-sex marriages

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released the numbers of same-sex marriages that have taken place in England and Wales since the implementation... Read More

China set to loosen one-child policy

China set to loosen one-child policy

After thirty-five years of being limited to one child per family, China looks set to move on. Not far though: it may only be a case of allowing two children... Read More

Mostyn J finds Ian McEwan guilty of misnaming The Children Act

Mostyn J finds Ian McEwan guilty of misnaming The Children Act

High Court Judge Mr Justice Mostyn has suggested that superstar novelist Ian McEwan made a rookie error in naming his 2014 novel The Children Act. While Mostyn... Read More

A third of British working mothers are main family earners

A third of British working mothers are main family earners

A report published today by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows a marked shift in the way families work – both inside and outside the home... Read More

Lord Lucans son applies for father to be presumed dead

Lord Lucan’s son applies for father to be ‘presumed dead’

George Bingham, son of the disappeared Lord Lucan has applied to the High Court to have his father declared ‘presumed dead’. Lord Lucan went missing from... Read More

Can a wife be ordered to leave the family home?

Can a wife be ordered to leave the family home?

In the recent case of BR v VT EWHC 2727 (Fam), Mostyn J considered an application, made by a husband in ancillary relief proceedings, to terminate the... Read More

Guidance on radicalisation issued by President of the Family Division

Guidance on radicalisation issued by President of the Family Division

Two months ago, Sir James Munby handed down judgment in a case involving children whose parents were held to be at risk of travelling to join ISIS. Now, the... Read More

Court of Appeal rejects plea for pension equality

Court of Appeal rejects plea for pension equality

Changes in social attitudes, and the legislation which embodies those changes, cannot fully undo the effects of the past – Lord Justice Underhill My recent... Read More

Gap Years: Can they be treated as gifts?

Gap Years: Can they be treated as gifts?

Section 11 of Inheritance Tax Act 1984 (IHTA 1984) states that a disposition, or gift, will not be a transfer of value if it is made by a parent in favour of... Read More

Apna Haq refuge under threat

Apna Haq refuge under threat

News broke in recent weeks that Apna Haq, a domestic violence refuge specialising in helping women from Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds, was set to... Read More