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Financial Remedy Court

The President of the Family Division has put forward proposals to introduce a Court purely to deal with financial remedy matters, a Financial Remedy Court (FRC). He reported his 'core ambition for financial remedy work is to improve significantly both...

Sharia Law

Sharia Law Sharia Law is the religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. An independent review into the application of Sharia law in England and Wales has been undertaken. The review makes recommendations, which include a legal requirement to...

CAFCASS

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children going through the family justice system. They provide experienced Family Court Advisers who are often asked by the court to work with...

Parenting Plans

Parenting plans are an extremely useful tool when parents separate. These are drawn up by parents and helps them to focus their minds on all aspects of a child’s life once they separate. A parenting plan can help regulate arrangements for a child...

Civil Partnerships

On 2 February 2018 the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill received an unopposed second reading. The Bill makes proposals for heterosexual couples to enter in to Civil Partnerships. Currently Civil Partnership is available to...

Equality

A Russian billionaire has taken steps to appeal a judgment that his wife is awarded 41% of the matrimonial assets worth £1bn. This was a long marriage of 20 years, meaning the starting point for a settlement is the equal sharing of assets. Despite the...

Is my marriage over?

Marriage no longer has the permanence of years gone by and statistically there has been a rise in the number of couples divorcing  at a time when there has been a reported drop in the number of loved up couples choosing marriage over living together. ...

Changes to Evidence Requirements came into effect 8 January 2018

We have previously written articles about the tough criteria that must be met in Order to secure Legal Aid in Family Law related matters. It was explained that in order to obtain legal aid, it is necessary to be of low financial means in addition to having...

Marion Foley Introduction

HELLO BLOG READERS!!! As the newest recruit to Townsend Family Law, I thought I would use my first blog to tell you a bit about myself.   I have been a specialist family solicitor for over twenty years and for 12 years I was a solicitor and...

Stellar Contribution

Stellar contribution In determining how assets should be divided upon divorce both parties will often present arguments as to why a Court should depart from the sharing principle. One such argument is contribution based. To convince a Court to depart from...

Settlement Conferences

Some designated Family Judge (DFJ) areas are piloting settlement conferences. A settlement conference involves a Judge from the family court taking on role of inquisitor in order to assist parties to cooperate with a view to reaching agreement in relation to...

McKenzie Friend

The recent Case of Re H (Children: exclusion of Mckenzie Friend) 2017 EWFCB31 saw a mother appeal against the decision by a District Judge that she would not be permitted to use her ongoing Mckenzie Friend in proceedings. In Family Proceedings it is common...

Enquiry into Child Maintenance Service

Enquiry into child maintenance An enquiry into the Child Maintenance Service was published today by the Work and Pensions Community Child Maintenance Service. The Child Maintenance Service was launched in July 2016 and replaced the old Child Support...

Impact of Divorce on Children

It is not surprising that when two parties decide to separate it has an impact on the children.  A recent study has shown that in fact a child’s physical health can be affected by their parents’ divorce.  This is perhaps not surprising...

Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Arbitration

Dispute Resolution At Townsend Family Law we aim to resolve matters without the need to attend court. Whilst it is recognised that making an application to court is often necessary. We endeavour to resolve disputes in relation to financial matters and...

Downward Trend for Heterosexual Marriage

Data recently published by the office of national statistics has shown a downward trend for heterosexual marriages despite a rise in 2014. The number of heterosexual marriages that have taken place this year are less than the number of marriages in 2011,...

Research on Divorce Law - Possible Reforms

A project currently led by Professor Liz Trinder of Exeter University is in progress aiming to explore how the current law and grounds for divorce and civil partnership operates in practice and to look at how the Law may be reformed in this area. The study...

Defended Divorce

In order to obtain a divorce in England and Wales it is necessary to show that a marriage has irretrievably broken down. The Law requires one of five statutory facts to be proved to evidence time.. Three of these facts rely on at least two years separation...

Transparency in Family Courts

It is important in Family Law for Judgments to be publicised to ensure that there is consistency in decisions made by Judges. It is clear that all Judgments should be confidential and the parties involved should not be named. Such Judgments can be anonymised...

Division of Matrimonial Assets on Divorce

The Court has a great deal of discretion and flexibility when deciding upon the appropriate division of matrimonial assets on divorce. The Court looks to section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 when the court is considering the financial order that...

Election

It is interesting to note that both Labour and Conservative Election Manifestos contained information relevant to Family Law.  The Labour Party pledged to introduce a no fault divorce procedure in their Manifesto.  No fault divorce is referred to...

Partner's exclusion from marital home

There is often an issue in respect of whether it is lawful to exclude a partner or former partner from their home.   There are various circumstances whereby a partner can be forced to leave and excluded from the property.  Generally speaking...

Special Contributions

Ryan Giggs has recently been in the newspaper in relation to his claim for special contributions during the marriage. It is extremely difficult for a party to claim special contributions.  Case law has shown that over time in order to be considered by...

Commons Library Paper on Applying for Child Arrangements Orders

Commons library paper on applying for Child Arrangements Orders The Commons Library has published a very useful summary of how to apply for Child Arrangement Orders: http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN03100/SN03100.pdf ...

Cross Examination of Vulnerable Witnesses

Theresa May has announced plans to alter the legal system in relation to domestic abuse. The Prime Minister has indicated that she does not feel that the law as it stands goes far enough to protect the victims of abuse. May has said that the approach to...