Weekly Family Law Update November 28, 2020

Divorce statistics and support for abuse victims

Latest divorce statistics published The Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’) has published its latest statistics for divorces in England and Wales, for the year 2019. The main points were: 1. That there were 107,599 divorces of opposite-sex couples in 2019, increasing by 18.4% from 90,871 in 2018 The ONS states that the scale of this […]

Weekly Family Law Update November 20, 2020

Protecting abuse victims in remote hearings, a new approach to children disputes & the latest Cafcass figures

Guidance on protection of domestic abuse victims in remote hearings The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has published guidance on the need to protect victims of domestic abuse in remote and hybrid court hearings. Remote hearings, where all parties take part via telephone or video link, and hybrid hearings, where some parties […]

Weekly Family Law Update November 12, 2020

Medical experts and a courts review

Report on Medical Experts in the Family Courts A report has been published on the subject of medical expert witnesses in the family courts. The report was commissioned by the President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane in 2018 in response to concerns over shortages of medical experts prepared to be involved in family […]

Weekly Family Law Update November 4, 2020

Remote hearings and a new lockdown

New survey into the operation of remote hearings The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory, which observes and reports upon the workings of the family justice system, has undertaken a new survey into the operation of remote court hearings. Remote hearings, via telephone or video link, have been widely adopted in the family court in response to […]