Important update: Court Fee changes 2021

Weekly Family Law Update | October 6, 2021

Whilst this may not be most exciting topic to do a blog post about, there have been recent changes to the Court fees payable on the issue of certain applications. This post is intended to highlight the changes and what is different. On 22 March 2021, the government launched a consultation on ‘increasing selected court […]

My spouse just asked for a Divorce

Weekly Family Law Update | September 29, 2021

Being told by your spouse that they want a divorce can be one of the most stressful events in your life, especially if it ‘came out of the blue.’ Suddenly, your life is turned upside down, with almost every aspect of it seemingly affected. In such a situation it is essential that you know what […]

What our clients say

Weekly Family Law Update | September 22, 2021

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Costs, domestic abuse and mediation

Weekly Family Law Update | September 15, 2021

Wife gets increased lump sum to cover legal costs A wife who had incurred some £180,000 debts, mostly comprising legal costs of her divorce, has had her divorce settlement increased, to help her to pay the debts. In the case the judge found that the wife needed £475,000 to rehouse herself, and that was the […]

Marriages Cafcass figures and domestic abuse

Weekly Family Law Update | August 23, 2021

Statistics reveal lowest marriage rates on record The Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’) has published its latest annual statistics for marriages in England and Wales, for 2018. The statistics showed that there were 234,795 marriages in England and Wales in 2018, a decrease of 3.3% compared with 2017, and the lowest since 2009. Marriage rates […]

Costs mediation and census figures

Weekly Family Law Update | August 17, 2021

Father must pay mother’s costs before proceeding with appeal A father who wished to appeal against orders made in proceedings relating to his children was ordered to pay the mother’s costs of those proceedings, before he could go ahead with the appeal. The case involved complex children proceedings, in which the court ordered the father […]

Child support and legal aid

Weekly Family Law Update | August 4, 2021

Old Child Support Agency cases continue to decline The number of cases dealt with by the Child Support Agency has continued to decline, according to the latest statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions. The Child Support Agency (‘CSA’) was set up in 1993 and in 2012 the Child Maintenance Service (‘CMS’) was created […]

Remote hearings and adoption support

Weekly Family Law Update | July 28, 2021

Remote hearings still need improvements to ensure fairness More than 3,200 professionals (lawyers, magistrates, judges, social workers and others in the family justice system), parents and other family members from across England and Wales have shared their experiences of the family court over the last year as part of a rapid consultation by Nuffield Family […]