Yearly Family Law Archives: 2018

White gave us equality, Radmacher, autonomy: Ayesha Vardag's lecture on the biggest ever family law cases

White gave us equality, Radmacher, autonomy: Ayesha Vardag's lecture on the biggest ever family law cases

It was a tragic case. There were two sex workers, both with young babies. One died in a tragic cot death, and the mother, in paroxysms of grief, went in the... Read More

Cohabitation: exposing the myth of the common law marriage and distinguishing fact from fiction

Cohabitation: exposing the myth of the ‘common law marriage’ and distinguishing fact from fiction

The way we were: historically there was respectable marriage which conferred financial dependence and security on women. Outside, a world of defiance of... Read More

One Nest or Two?

One Nest or Two?

There is a lot to think about when you make the life-changing decision to get divorced including, most immediately, the arrangements for the care and long... Read More

Heterosexual couples to be allowed to enter into civil partnerships

Heterosexual couples to be allowed to enter into civil partnerships

Today’s announcement gives opposite-sex couples the same choices which are available to same-sex couples as to how, if at all, they formalise their... Read More

Divorce rates over the century

Divorce rates over the century

The 20th century was a century of decline for marriage. Legal changes in the thirties and then the seventies allowed people to divorce far more easily and... Read More

Are uterus transplants a fertility solution of the future?

Are uterus transplants a fertility solution of the future?

An absent, damaged or diseased uterus prevents embryo implantation and a successful pregnancy. However, the advent of viable uterus transplants raises... Read More

Drop in controversial forced adoption cases

Drop in controversial forced adoption cases

A number of stories appear on the media on forced adoption in the UK, setting out the highly emotional stories of the children being placed for adoption,... Read More

Who is the new president of the Family Division?

Who is the new president of the Family Division?

The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane has been appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as the President of the Family Division. Sir Andrew McFarlane will become... Read More

Owens v Owens - the Supreme Court Judgment explained

Owens v Owens - the Supreme Court Judgment explained

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed Tini Owens' appeal in a case that has attracted much media attention, as it raises the question: can you be... Read More

Why it only makes sense for straight couples to get civil partnerships

Why it only makes sense for straight couples to get civil partnerships

Under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, only two people of the same sex can enter into a civil partnership. The ever changing and many alternative forms of... Read More