Grandparents, child maintenance and online divorce: The last three weeks in family law

General | January 9, 2019

Grandparents, and also aunts and uncles, are to get more ‘access’ rights, under plans being considered by the Government. Following pressure from MPs and campaigning groups, Justice Minister Lucy Frazer QC has agreed to look at the rules allowing grandchildren to maintain contact with grandparents after parental separation. Campaigners seek two changes: a presumption in […]

Statistics, legal aid and a helicopter: The last week in family law

General | December 19, 2018

The Ministry of Justice has published the latest quarterly family court statistics, for the period July to September 2018. The statistics show an increase in the number of cases started and a decrease in number of cases disposed of. 66,118 new cases were started, up 1% on the equivalent quarter in 2017, and driven by […]

Sir James Munby, flexible court hours and increased court workload: The last week in family law

General | November 21, 2018

Sir James Munby, the former President of the Family Division, has been appointed Chair of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory. The Observatory is being established by the Nuffield Foundation “to support the best possible decisions for children by improving the use of data and research evidence in the family justice system.” Sir James will oversee […]

Child maintenance figures, weddings and financial courts: The last week in family law

General | November 7, 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions (‘DWP’) has published the latest statistics on child maintenance arrangements made by separated parents after speaking to the Child Maintenance Options service (‘CM Options’). CM Options is a free service that provides impartial information and support to help parents make informed choices about child maintenance. The statistics show that […]