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International relocation of children

August 12, 2015 Speech Box

Does the appeal court decision In the Matter of F change the law in the international relocation of children? Cases involving separated parents, one of whom wishes to leave England and Wales with their child, are some of the most Read more …

New Children provision

October 20, 2014 Speech Box

Family courts to presume that each parent will play a role in the life of their child From 22nd October there will be an amendment to the Children and Families Act 2014 which will apply to all cases started on Read more …

Fraud in our divorce courts?

October 10, 2014 Speech Box

I was astounded to read recently that a total of 180 divorce petitions recently had to be set aside by our family Court after it was established that they were issued fraudulently and originated in Italy using one United Kingdom Read more …

Divorce information update for September

September 17, 2014 Speech Box

According to the Office of National Statistics there were 1,409 same sex marriages between the 29March and the 30 June this year.  Of these marriages 56% were female couples and 44% male. Another interesting update is in respect of the Read more …

Children’s travel arrangements to and from South Africa

July 8, 2014 Speech Box

The Department of Home and Affairs in South Africa is introducing new travel arrangements for minor children from the 1st October 2014. From this date there is a requirement that children travelling to and from South Africa with their parents Read more …

Post and Pre Nuptial Agreements

March 4, 2014 Speech Box

Prenuptial Agreements

The Law Commission has recently published a report making recommendations on important aspects of family law.  One of these aspects was their recommendation that pre-nuptial and post nuptial agreements (marital property agreements) be made enforceable by the family courts. I Read more …

National family mediation press release

October 11, 2013 Speech Box

On 8 October a report was published about the changes that the restriction of legal aid in family matters has brought to our family courts, and the effect that it is having on mediators.  These changes have been highlighted in Read more …

What becomes of the family business on divorce?

July 10, 2013 Speech Box

I am often involved in cases in which the business is the largest asset in the case and yet there may be insufficient liquidity in the case generally and within the business itself to be able to effect an immediate Read more …

“Cheats charter”

June 20, 2013 Speech Box

The recent Supreme Court decision in Prest was long awaited by family lawyers because it related to the use by the husband of several different companies that he controlled to move his assets from his personal name to those companies Read more …

Court terminates father’s parental responsibility

June 12, 2013 Speech Box

In the first reported case on the issue since 1995, the court has terminated the Parental Responsibility of a father who had been imprisoned for sexual abuse of his own child’s half-sisters. The father pleaded guilty to sexual offences committed Read more …