The New Scientist has announced that a five-month-old boy is the world’s first child to be born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three people. The couple from Jordan had been trying to start a family for almost twenty years before the birth of their ‘three-parent baby’. The woman had suffered four... Read More
On occasion, family law and criminal law interlock outside the realms of domestic violence. It is possible that marital assets can become involved in criminal proceedings, especially if there has been a conviction for drug trafficking or money laundering. What happens if marital assets are subject to criminal proceedings? If the criminal... Read More
Lois Rogers co-wrote an article for Family Law Week with barrister Lily Mottahedan examining how the courts treat large bonuses awarded in the financial sector. The article focused on the case of H v W EWHC 4105 (Fam), explaining the judge’s decision to make an award which paid across a portion of future bonuses to the wife, subject to a... Read More
Vardags’ director Catherine Thomas spoke to The Daily Telegraph as a columnist questioned the role of marriage in the modern world. Entering a discussion about the rights of cohabitees, Catherine argued against ascribing automatic entitlements to couples who live together. “I don’t necessarily agree that cohabitation... Read More
A & Another v C & Another EWFC4 concerned two children respectively born in 2002 and 2004 as a result of surrogacy arrangements entered into in the United States. The applicant parents and the respondent mother and her husband had, quite unusually, remained in contact. The biological mother was even referred to in the family as the... Read More
Vardags’ managing director, Catherine Thomas, wrote for The Global Legal Post about plans to give children a greater voice in court proceedings concerning them. It had been announced that all children above the age of 10 will have the opportunity to make their feelings known to the judge. Catherine welcomes the move, which puts children... Read More
MPs have spoken out in favour of the government carrying out a full review of the family courts to stop them being used by violent men to prolong abuse against their partners and their children. The House of Commons debated the issue on 15 September 2016 following the January 2016 Women’s Aid Report, “Nineteen Child... Read More
In a time where more and more families are straying from the nuclear model, raising children brings up a host of new questions: which parent gets the kids on which holidays? Who pays for what? How can parents keep a consistent strategy when they may not even live in the same city?
One Californian woman claims to have the answer. It’s a thorough,... Read More
Launched in July 2016, the Family Law Arbitration Children Scheme promised, in the words of IFLA Chair Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton, to "enable couples to resolve disputes concerning parental responsibility of children more quickly, cheaply and in a more flexible, less formal setting than a court room". Two months on, the first... Read More
A judgment handed down by Mr Justice Peter Jackson in relation to public law children proceedings is the first of its kind to include an emoji.
The case was between Lancashire County Council and two fathers, Mr A and Mr B. The case is quite complicated and sets out why the children involved are to only have very limited contact with their... Read More
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