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Vardags Family Law News is a one-stop shop for all family law content. It’s aimed at everyone: lawyers and non-lawyers alike, because family law touches so many people’s lives. We aim to be the go-to guide for those moments and a helpful resource and thought-provoker. Vardags News also likes to see the bigger picture. We’ll tackle issues that inform modern relationships and the ways in which these things interplay with society as a whole, with the international outlook for which Vardags is known.

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Children missing out on maintenance payments owing to CMS loopholes

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Latest family law news

Covid and the courts: Family cases down 13% compared to 2019

Covid and the courts: Family cases down 13% compared to 2019

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice have highlighted the effect of Covid-19 on the family courts, with the total number of cases between April and June falling by 13% compared to the same period last year. This overall decrease has been driven by significant falls in a number of case types, with financial remedy and adoption cases falling by 30 per cent and 24 per cent respectively. While almost all types of case have decreased compared to 2019, there is one... Read More

Three reasons why women are more likely to divorce than men

Three reasons why women are more likely to divorce than men

Women are more likely to divorce than men: that is the finding of a 2015 study by the American Sociological Association and the conclusion that can be drawn from the most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics. In fact, this is a not a new phenomenon, with statistics having consistently demonstrated that women are more likely to be the spouse initiating divorce. But why is this? Women tend to focus more on their emotional wellbeing and take action sooner... Read More

Can living together while separated affect your divorce?

Can living together while separated affect your divorce?

The breakdown of relationships may inevitably cause emotional separation but for various reasons, a physical separation may not be immediately possible nor desired. A physical separation may not be economically viable or it may be a conscious parenting decision made for the emotional wellbeing of the children. Further, in light of the current global pandemic, there may be novel reasons for continuing to live together in spite of a separation such as a loss of employment which makes... Read More

Maria Fiorito explains intricacies of Italian divorce law in The International Comparative Legal Guide

Maria Fiorito explains intricacies of Italian divorce law in The International Comparative Legal Guide

Every year, The International Comparative Legal Guides publish a Family Law guide, aiming to explain the differences and complexities between different legal jurisdictions. By collating the expert analysis of legal professionals, these guides offer a practical cross-border insight into family law. For the 2021 edition, Maria Fiorito, a solicitor at Vardags, was asked to contribute her expertise to explain the intricacies of Italian divorce and family law. Dual qualified in both... Read More

Dr Dre's Divorce: The importance of prenups

Dr Dre's Divorce: The importance of prenups

For most couples, prenuptial agreements (commonly referred to as prenups) are a useful way to avoid future conflict – by agreeing in the best of times what would happen in the worst, lengthy court battles, and the ensuing emotional burden, can be prevented. Reality, however, does not always follow such a smooth path. Now, it seems, prenups can be the source of conflict themselves. When news broke that Nicole Young had filed for divorce from the music mogul Dr Dre, it did not... Read More

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 night to the other woman’s bedside. She took the other’s gurgling, sleeping baby and left in its place, her own dead child. When it went to the authorities (and this was before DNA testing) the judgment was this. Cut the child in half and give one to each mother. The woman who refused her half - “keep him, just... 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 convention and no rights except minimal support for the child. The way we are: cohabitation has lost stigma and become a parallel life choice. In 2016 there were 3.3 million cohabiting couples making it officially the fastest growing family type, more than doubling from 1.5 million just 20 years ago. The trend is not confined to younger... 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 term welfare of children of the family. One size most definitely does not fit all when it comes to the division of time spent by the children with each parent. The court will not have an input unless there are intractable difficulties and no agreement can be reached. This allows parents the freedom to really consider their children’s needs,... 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 partnerships. Unmarried couples do not have the same legal protection as those who marry in particular when that relationship breaks down or on the death of one party. They also miss out on financial benefits in particular in relation to tax. Heterosexual couples wanting to ensure they have this financial and legal... Read More