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Family Law Archive - March 2018 - Page 1

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UK Government update guidelines to surrogacy in England and Wales

Prospective parents have recently been handed useful new guidance concerning surrogacy in the UK. The Department of Health and Social Care has published new guidelines designed to assist surrogates, intended parents and healthcare professionals through the surrogacy process. The guidance notes that "the Government supports... Read More

Preparations for the Royal Wedding will not include a prenup

Prince Harry has refused to sign a prenuptial agreement in advance of his wedding to Meghan Markle, it has been reported this week. With less than two months to go before the Royal Wedding, many would have expected a prenup to have been put in place to safeguard the Royal Family’s substantial assets should the union end in divorce. Yet... Read More

Hart v Hart: when will the Family Court order a party to be sent to prison for breach of a Court order?

Anyone reading that John Hart, an 83 year-old man with prostate cancer, had been sent to prison by a High Court judge might naturally raise an eye-brow in surprise. However, HHJ Wildblood QC did just that following judgments at [2018] EWHC 548 (Fam), [2018] EWHC 549 (Fam) and dated 23 February and 18 March 2018 respectively. These decisions... Read More

Divorced Saudi women win child custody rights

The rights of mothers in Saudi Arabia were given a boost on Monday, when the kingdom's Justice Ministry released a circular to the courts that would allow divorced women to retain custody of their children. Previously, a mother seeking custody of her children following a divorce would have to petition the courts, a process that could take... Read More

Where are we with Brexit and family law?

As Brexit talks continue in Brussels, debates have raged on in the commons, but many in the legal profession harbour grave fears that the future of the justice system post-Brexit has gone unaddressed. A number of organisations have expressed concern about provisions for family law particularly including the Brexit and Family Law Group, the Family... Read More

Tennessee pastor's license revoked after officiating same-sex wedding

As a denomination, the United Methodist Church’s official view is that marriage is between a man and a woman. However, there are Methodist churches that welcome LGBT worshippers. St Elmo and St Marks in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Anna Golladay served as assistant pastor, are two such churches. The liberal pastor has been part of a... Read More

When should family law cases be transferred to the High Court?

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, provided guidance in Family Law last week as to when family law cases should be transferred to the High Court. Here we take a look at his guidelines to summarise the extent and exercise of the power of judges to transfer cases, dealing with six topics in turn. The Family Court and its... Read More

In the matter of C (Children) [2018]: a remedy for child abduction by the other parent

The 1980 Hague Convention aims to provide a parent who is left behind when the other parent travels with their child to a different legal jurisdiction without permission with a swift remedy against the wrongful removal or retention of the child. As Lord Hughes explains In the matter of C (Children) [2018], the Convention is in force across 97... Read More

Marriage figures lowest on record

The most recent ONS statistics have shown that fewer same-sex couples are getting married than ever before. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published Marriages in England and Wales: 2015, a statistical report of all the marriages that took place in England and Wales in 2015. 2015 was the first full year that marriage was available for... Read More

Interview with Roz Osborne, Founder & Chair of Trustees at Global Action on Relocation & Return with Kids

Roz Osborne is the founder & chair of trustees at Global Action on Relocation & Return with Kids (GlobalARRK): the only charity that specialises in supporting parents who have moved abroad, and are unable to return home with their children. She kindly agreed to speak to me about the desperate situations these parents often face, how... Read More
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