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Has marriage lost its health benefits in the modern world?

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Children missing out on maintenance payments owing to CMS loopholes

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Latest family law news

The European Commissions statement that the UK should not be permitted to join the Lugano Convention is a blow to post-Brexit co-operation and raises the spectre of dual divorces

The European Commission’s statement that the UK should not be permitted to join the Lugano Convention is a blow to post-Brexit co-operation – and raises the spectre of dual divorces

Brexit, the Lugano Convention and why millions of expats may face two divorce cases The future of family law was not the primary consideration when the UK weighed up leaving the European Union in 2016 – but that does not mean it was not affected. Before Brexit, the UK was part of Brussels II, a crucial piece of legislation that governed which country would have jurisdiction in disputed cases. By stating that the EU country which first received a validly issued divorce... Read More

Landmark Domestic Abuse Bill becomes law: what does it include?

“Landmark” Domestic Abuse Bill becomes law: what does it include?

On Thursday 29th April, the Domestic Abuse Bill received royal assent, completing its passage through the Houses of Parliament into law. Described as a “landmark piece of legislation” by Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland, the bill introduces, for the first time, a legal definition of domestic abuse that aims to go beyond physical violence. Emotional, coercive and controlling behaviour and economic abuse will all be covered under the new definition. The bill also... Read More

From afterschool clubs to play dates the subtle ways some separated parents try to obstruct contact

From afterschool clubs to play dates – the subtle ways some separated parents try to obstruct contact

Attempts to obstruct contact by one parent with the child(ren)’s other parent can take many forms – it is not always as explicit as simply refusing to allow a child to see another parent where their parents are separated. Instead, obstructive parents can come up with a wide variety of excuses to reduce or restrict contact. While such measures may be more subtle, that does not mean nothing can be done. How do obstructive parents attempt to restrict... Read More

Easter Holidays for Separated Parents

Easter Holidays for Separated Parents

With the Easter break now upon us, many families will be considering a trip away.   While destinations abroad may be off limits for the time being, or at least accompanied by a mandatory quarantine period for the next few months, holidays in self-contained accommodation will be allowed from April 12. Whether in self-catering accommodation or travelling to a second home, many families are likely to seize the opportunity to leave the house they have been confined to... Read More

RE H-N, Everyones Invited and the link between the two

RE H-N, Everyone’s Invited and the link between the two

The revelations which appeared on the website Everyone's Invited have shocked us all. The country's attention is now fixed on how this has happened. The number of testimonies, covering a range of both private and state schools, totals over 10,000 – a stark figure. It is clear that safeguarding and reporting measures across many schools will need to be reviewed. Perhaps the larger, and far more difficult question, is why this abuse was perpetrated in the first... Read More

Children and the Covid-19 vaccination: FAQs

Children and the Covid-19 vaccination: FAQs

Following on from the first part of our series, which focussed on the legal principles which will underpin any court’s decision regarding vaccinations for children, this article will aim to answer some of the most frequent and pressing questions related to the issue. Can my former partner prevent my child from receiving the Covid-19 vaccine? If you and your former partner are unable to agree on whether your child should receive the Covid-19 vaccine, you will have to... Read More

Children and the Covid-19 vaccination: The Law

Children and the Covid-19 vaccination: The Law

With the UK’s vaccine rollout progressing, questions are now being raised about the vaccination of children. While younger people are generally less severely affected by the virus, ensuring they are vaccinated is key to preventing transmission and achieving the level of herd immunity necessary to halt Covid’s spread. This is why, over the last few months, all the major vaccine manufacturers have been conducting tests to ascertain the efficacy of their vaccine among younger... Read More

Transcript: Emma Gill discusses Covid custody battles on The Andrew Pierce Show

Transcript: Emma Gill discusses Covid custody battles on The Andrew Pierce Show

Appearing on The Andrew Pierce Show on Monday the 15th, Emma Gill, Director of Divorce and Head of our Manchester office, discussed the worrying trend of parents using Covid fears as an excuse to prevent their former partner from visiting their children. Her conversation with Andrew built upon comments she contributed for an article in the Daily Mail. Below, you can find a transcript of their discussion. Are parents arguing that not respecting social distancing rules constitutes... Read More

Covids effect on separated families must be a priority for new Childrens Commissioner

Covid’s effect on separated families must be a priority for new Children’s Commissioner

On March 1, immediately after assuming her role as Children’s Commissioner, Rachel de Souza released a blog post detailing her ambitions. Referencing the Beveridge Report of the 1940s, de Souza expressed her goal of bringing about “not just a golden age of policy making, but a golden age of delivery.” Today, she announced her first step towards achieving this goal: The Big Ask, the largest survey of children ever conducted in England. Taking place during the... Read More