Weekly Family Law Update August 23, 2021

Marriages Cafcass figures and domestic abuse

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 […]

Weekly Family Law Update August 17, 2021

Costs mediation and census figures

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 […]

Weekly Family Law Update August 4, 2021

Child support and legal aid

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 […]