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 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. Between 29 March 2014 and 30 June 2015, 7366 weddings took place; of these, 55% were between women and 45% between men. From March 2014, the... Read More
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 rather than one.
The controversial policy was implemented in 1979 in order to slow the country’s high birth rate, which had arisen from the fact that previous Chinese governments had... Read More
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 J finds the novel “excellent”, he was less than convinced by the title.
McEwan’s acclaimed novel tells the story of a fictitious High Court judge of the Family Division, named Fiona... Read More
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 – across Europe. In Britain today, one-third of working mothers are the principal breadwinners in their families.
This upward swing in maternal earning has been fuelled partly by a rise in... Read More
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 his home in 1974 after the death of the family nanny, named Sandra Rivett. Ms Rivett had been murdered and an inquest a year after the fact found that Lord Lucan had murdered her. Evidence... Read More
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 wife’s right to occupation of the matrimonial home under s.33 of the Family Law Act 1996 (FLA); removal of her home rights under paragraph 4 of schedule 4 to the Family Law Act 1996; and an order... Read More
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 President of the Family Division has issued guidance on radicalisation cases appearing in the family court.
Given the complexities of the cases involving radicalisation, Sir James has decided... Read More
Changes in social attitudes, and the legislation which embodies those changes, cannot fully undo the effects of the past – Lord Justice Underhill
My recent blog ‘I will survive’ highlighted the inequality between heterosexual and homosexual couples so far as contracted-in pension schemes are concerned.
At the time of writing, I was hopeful... Read More
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 their child for their maintenance, education or training, for a period ending no later than the year in which they attain the age of eighteen or, after reaching 18, cease to undergo full-time... Read More
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 close following a funding cut by a local council. Rotherham council has informed them that their £145,000 contract would not be renewed.
However, there are small signs that all may not be... Read More
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