Mr Justice Cobb has called for revisions to Practice Direction 12J as part of a wider effort to make the family justice system safer for victims of domestic violence and their children. In his review, he addresses concerns raised by Women's Aid and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Domestic Violence and proposes amendments to the... Read More
On Thursday 12 January, the Ministry of Justice published their 2015-2016 'Report on the implementation of Law Commission proposals'. The report, covering the period from 12 January 2015 to 11 January 2016, looks at the extent to which Law Commission proposals have been implemented by the government. In regards to family law, there are several... Read More
Yesterday morning, the parents of ‘Jihadi Jack’, John Letts and Sally Lane, arrived for their trial at the Old Bailey. Their 20-year-old son is thought to be the first white Briton to have joined IS. Jack left his family home in Oxford in 2014, ostensibly on holiday to visit a friend in Jordan, and never returned. It is reported that, living... Read More
As we look to the year ahead, we consider what change should come about in the coming months and beyond. The will-changes ‘De-linking’ divorce and financial remedy One of the most significant ways in which Form D8 is changing, we will be seeing this in the months to come. The change is part of a bid to simplify proceedings in... Read More
On Monday, Coram’s Child Law Advice service launched LawStuff, a website which provides free legal information for children and young people. Funded by The Queen’s Trust, the website enables users to gain a better understanding of their legal rights in plain English terms, rather than grapple with more complex legalese. Featured... Read More
In recent weeks, Viscount and Lady Weymouth have become the first members of the British aristocracy to have a baby born by surrogacy after Lady Weymouth faced health concerns during her first pregnancy. In its most orthodox understanding, surrogacy is an arrangement that dates back to Biblical times whereby surrogates conceived with their own... Read More
On 30 December 2016, President of the Family Division Sir James Munby released a statement regarding the cross-examination of alleged victims in the family courts, following an investigation of the practice by The Guardian. In the statement, Sir James stressed the “pressing need to reform the way in which vulnerable people give evidence in... Read More
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