Resolution National Committee elections

Alongside the day job, I am actively involved in Resolution, the membership organisation for family lawyers. I have been a Resolution member since my student days and joined the Bristol Young Resolution committee as a family trainee. I became chair a couple of years ago and was involved in setting up a national YRes working... Continue Reading →

Look before you leap?

When I was at school, leap years seemed really exciting. One of the girls in my class was born on 29 February, and so we all found it hilarious that she was still only 2 years old, rather than 8 like the rest of us. Fast forward a couple of decades, or 8 leap years... Continue Reading →

Bird’s nest parenting: innovative custody arrangements

The Independent recently featured an article about “bird’s nest parenting”, a familiar concept in the United States and a buzz phrase which seems to be catching on this side of the pond. "The kids get the house" Bird’s nest parenting is thought to have been introduced as a concept in the US around the turn... Continue Reading →

No fault divorce – family law in need of modernisation?

Almost half of all marriages today will end in divorce. Financial freedom, access to education, advances in technology and moves towards gender equality are all factors which have changed our attitudes towards the longevity of marriage. For many, marriage is no longer a commitment for life and so divorce is becoming more of a commodity... Continue Reading →

Non-biological mother successful in landmark Supreme Court international child custody appeal

In the first international child abduction case involving same-sex parents, the Supreme Court has decided that the English court still has jurisdiction to make decisions about the welfare of a child (B) who was taken to live in Pakistan by her biological mother. The decision in Re B (A Child) (Habitual Residence: Inherent Jurisdiction) [2016]... Continue Reading →

Relocating within the UK and beyond: Court of Appeal case sets precedent for the future

The Court of Appeal has clarified the approach to be taken in England and Wales in cases involving the relocation of a child. The Re C (Internal Relocation) [2015] EWCA Civ 1305 case has set a precedent, which will influence all relocation cases moving forward. The facts The father was appealing against a decision by... Continue Reading →

Form E frenzy – a storm in a teacup?

It was announced yesterday that the Ministry of Justice is investigating errors in the Form E financial statement available on their website, amongst fears that this may have resulted in incorrect settlements. News coverage has suggested that the section of the Form E which adds up a party’s total assets contained “critical errors” which could... Continue Reading →

New legislation recognises coercive and controlling behaviour as criminal offence

The government has announced this week that the new criminal offence of coercive and controlling behaviour will come into force in England and Wales on 29 December 2015. The move has been welcomed by support services and lawyers alike. Why the new law? Until recently, there was a gap in the law which meant that... Continue Reading →

Wives’ success a reminder of implications of non-disclosure in Family court

The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed two separate appeals where the wives in each case argued that their divorce settlements should be set aside. The wives argued that their divorce settlements should not be upheld on the basis that they were unfair, because their husbands had not provided full and frank financial disclosure. They argued... Continue Reading →

Warning for UK nationals relocating abroad with children

As more and more of us are working abroad, travelling and making connections across different continents, the international family is rapidly becoming part of the modern landscape. On separation, many people think about moving abroad, whether to return to the country where they grew up, for a fresh start or to live with a new... Continue Reading →

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