Children disputes and domestic abuse: The last week in family law Lockdown causing surge in children disputes?

Weekly Family Law Update | April 15, 2020

It has been reported that lawyers have been “inundated” with inquiries from separated parents arguing about where their children should stay during the Coronavirus lockdown, with some trying to get the other parent sent to prison for breaking existing child arrangements. The evidence is anecdotal, but the report says that some parents are using the […]

Separated families, children disputes and domestic abuse: The last week in family law Separated family population statistics

Weekly Family Law Update | April 8, 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions has published the latest release of annual statistics on separated families in Great Britain, for the period April 2014 to March 2018. Amongst the main stories were that in 2017/18 there were approximately 2.4 million separated families in Great Britain including 3.5 million children; 48% of separated families had […]

Families and COVID-19: Basic advice

Weekly Family Law Update | March 24, 2020

COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, is impacting the lives of all of us. For anyone with family law issues, however, it brings particular problems. Here, therefore, is some basic advice that we hope will be helpful, together with some links to further information. Please note that this advice is subject to change, as the situation develops […]

Court of Appeal to live-stream and Cafcass cases: The last week in family law Court of Appeal to live-stream family cases

Weekly Family Law Update | March 19, 2020

Family hearings at the Court of Appeal are to be live-streamed, under a joint initiative by the judiciary and government to boost transparency in the justice system. A statutory instrument laid in Parliament on the 12th of March paved the way for the project, following the success of a pilot to live-stream civil cases launched […]

Domestic abuse and a compensation award: The last week in family law Tougher sentence for domestic abuser

Weekly Family Law Update | March 4, 2020

The Solicitor General has succeeded in an appeal against a lenient sentence given to a man convicted of controlling and coercive behaviour towards his former partner. In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, the Solicitor General took advantage of the expanded unduly lenient sentence scheme, which allows victims or members […]

Cafcass figures, parental alienation and domestic abuse prosecutions: The last week in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | January 29, 2020

The latest figures for public law (including care) applications and private law demand, for December 2019, have been published by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (‘Cafcass’), the organisation that looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings. In that month the service received a total of 955 new care […]