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
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
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
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  EWHC 548 (Fam),  EWHC 549 (Fam) and dated 23 February and 18 March 2018 respectively. These decisions... Read More
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
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
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
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
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) , the Convention is in force across 97... Read More
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
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