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Family Law Archive - October 2017

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Berlin same-sex couple become the first to adopt a child in Germany

Kai and Michael Korok have become the first same-sex couple to adopt in Germany, formally welcoming their two-year-old son Maximillian into their family on 10 October. Maximilian has been with the Koroks since birth, after the couple took him in as foster parents. Michael said that becoming the child’s joint legal parents is a “wonderful... Read More

Draft bill submitted to include mothers’ names in marriage certificates for the first time

Update 28/11/2017: Former cabinet minister Caroline Spelman, is to present the bill to allow for mothers' names on marriage certificates for second reading this week. The bill is co-sponsored by Frank Field, Maria Miller and Tim Farron.The Right Reverend Dr Alan Smith, a senior bishop of the Church of England, has put forward a draft bill which... Read More

Greece changes law so trans citizens can change gender with a court ruling

A new law allowing citizens to officially change their gender has been passed by the Greek parliament despite strong opposition. Although it is undoubtedly a step in the right direction for transgender rights, there is still a long way to go. The new law, passed with 171 votes in favour and 114 against, allows citizens over the age of 15 to change... Read More

Secure accommodation orders are not a matter for the High Court, says judge

Mr Justice Holman told the court last month on 22 September, in A Local Authority and AT and FE that the High Court is not the appropriate resource for making secure accommodation orders. He expressed his concern regarding the lack of approved secure accommodation placements available to local authorities, meaning that the High Court is... Read More

Top family law judge Mr Justice Bodey retires

The Honourable Mr Justice Bodey retired from the High Court (Family Division) with effect from 15 October 2017. Mr Justice Bodey, 70, has enjoyed a long and prominent career in law. He was called to the bar at Middle Temple in 1970 and went on to take silk in 1991 before being elected a Bencher in 1998. He was appointed an Assistant Recorder... Read More

Jamie Vardy's wife's maintenance case reveals the failings of CMS once more

The wife of England footballer, Jamie Vardy, has ended a yearlong dispute with her ex-boyfriend over his alleged attempts to avoid paying child support. This has once again shone a light on the short-comings of the current child support system, CMS, and how it is open to abuse. Rebekah Vardy, 35, claimed that her non-league footballer ex... Read More

Father’s application to relocate children to Switzerland granted

Mr Justice Peter Jackson, sitting in the Royal Courts of Justice in September, granted a father’s application to relocate his two teenage children from the UK to Switzerland. The judgment was handed down following multiple appearances by the family in court, where the cost of proceedings amounted to just under £1 million. The application was... Read More

Keeping more families together: a look at FDAC

This week, it was announced that a problem-solving court service which helps parents overcome substance misuse issues will receive a multi-million pound "lifeline" from the government's Life Chances Fund. Tracey Crouch MP, minister for sport and civil society, broke the news on 18 October that the family drug and alcohol court... Read More

What is blockchain and how will it impact the legal world?

Blockchain is an exciting and improving technology that is set to impact various areas of law. Through offering ‘smart contracts’, blockchain could revolutionise the process of obtaining nuptial agreements. Blockchain is a real-time digital public ledger of anything that can be recorded. This can include anything from financial transactions to... Read More

Former senior High Court judge says marriage laws are outdated

Sir Paul Coleridge, a retired judge of the High Court, told those at the BCR Law Conference held in Jersey last week that family and marriage laws in England and Wales are out of date and no longer fit for purpose. He blamed recent UK governments for not prioritising the need to reconsider our failing marriage laws which are no longer suited to... Read More
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