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Family Law Archive - 2018 - Page 4

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Upcoming amendments to Family Procedure Rules

The Family Procedure Rules govern the practices and procedures used in the Family Court, as well as those used in family proceedings in the High Court, in England and Wales. Amendments have been made to the Parts 4 and 9 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010) by the Family Procedure Rule Committee, exercising their power conferred by... Read More

Is mediation losing popularity?

In figures recently released by the Ministry of Justice, October to December 2017 saw a 15% decline in ‘mediation starts’ compared to the same quarter in the preceding year. Additionally, the amount of Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (‘MIAM’s) taking place dropped by 12% from the same period in 2016[1].... Read More

Protracted children law proceedings descend into “corrosive” shouting match

A protracted set of children law proceedings has been described as at one point descending into an uncivilised “shouting match”. The High Court case A v R and Anor concerned the father (F) of a child (T) arguing that a replacement expert should be appointed. Previously a psychologist - Mr Clowry - had been asked to “report... Read More

Family to sue after discovering fertility doctor is daughter's biological father

Many people are curious about their genealogical history, and thanks to the ever-developing power of the internet, it has become increasingly simple to trace information on a person's family make up. Kelli Rowlette from Washington State did just this, sending off a sample of her DNA to be tested by the site Ancestry.com last year. The... Read More

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 despite... 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 years to... 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
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