A failed claim, single parents, Twitter appeal: The last week in family law

General | February 6, 2019

Husband who was seeking a lump sum payment or other capital provision from his ex-wife has failed in his claim. A new study has found that children’s wellbeing is not negatively affected by living in single parent households. A High Court judge has used Twitter to urge a mother who vanished with her three-year-old son to return home. And finally, The Independent has reported that the number of parents forced to represent themselves in child disputes in family courts has more than doubled in six years, as a result of the legal aid cuts in 2013.

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 […]