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

Weekly Family Law Update | November 20, 2020

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 […]

Medical experts and a courts review

Weekly Family Law Update | November 12, 2020

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 […]

Remote hearings and a new lockdown

Weekly Family Law Update | November 4, 2020

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 […]

Courts crisis, economic abuse and state pensions

Weekly Family Law Update | October 30, 2020

President warns of crisis in family courts The President of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane has warned that the crisis in the family courts due to their high caseload were not going away, and are getting worse. Speaking at a meeting of the Family Justice Council, whose primary role is to promote an inter-disciplinary […]

A barrister prohibited from acting, remote hearing success and the latest Cafcass figures

Weekly Family Law Update | October 24, 2020

Barrister prohibited from acting in children case The High Court has dismissed an appeal by a father involved in proceedings concerning arrangements for his daughter, against an order prohibiting his barrister from accepting further instructions from him in those proceedings.  The court had made the order because of acrimony between the barrister and the mother, […]

Child maintenance, an unprecedented application, a new FDAC and more

Weekly Family Law Update | October 14, 2020

Child Maintenance Service statistics The Department for Work and Pensions (‘DWP’) has published the latest statistics for the Child Maintenance Service (‘CMS’), for the quarter to June 2020. The statistics show that there are now 741,200 children covered by CMS arrangements, 474,700 through Direct Pay arrangements (where the CMS calculates the amount of maintenance to […]

Family Law Specialists Continue to Expand

Weekly Family Law Update | October 1, 2020

Prince Family Law has grown in size and reputation to become one of the leading specialist Family Law Practices in South Yorkshire and the East Midlands. We are looking to further expand both our Chesterfield and Sheffield offices and have vacancies for two Solicitors / Legal Executives to join our highly experienced legal team. This […]

Vulnerable children, a fake DNA test and the latest Cafcass figures

Weekly Family Law Update | September 26, 2020

Children’s Commissioner warning over vulnerable children Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has warned that vulnerable children who require urgent support will “slip out of view” because of the impact of coronavirus. Ms Longfield said: “After the school six-week holidays it’s always the case that there are spikes in referrals to social services for […]