Family Law

Bloomsbury Family Law Briefing: December Teaser

Child rights in private law Children Act 1989 proceedings A child’s views (according to his or her understanding) must be heard in proceedings which concern the child. The Children Act 1989, a UN Convention and a EU Charter all agree on that. But what are the law and the court procedure for such views to. Read more

Family Law (19 November – 3 December)

Family News The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No.16) Order 2018 Family Lore – 29 November The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No.16) Order 2018 brings into force s 27 of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008, inserting new ss 39B to 39G into the Child Support. Read more

Appeals in family proceedings: the rules diverge

Work out which court: spot the differences in procedure… Rule-makers often make things needlessly difficult for parties to family proceedings. Appeals from decisions in family courts, the different appellate courts involved and the divergent procedures for getting there are an example. First, would be appellants in family cases have the worry of working out which. Read more

ALC Conference 2018: “Crisis; What Crisis?” Key Note Address

It is always a pleasure to attend an ALC Conference. The ALC is, for me, a gathering of professional friends and colleagues, and to walk into this room feels very much like ‘coming home’. I recall addressing what was, I believe, the 2nd ALC Conference in September 1991 at Keele University less than a month. Read more

Family Law (5 November – 19 November)

Family News Private Members’ Bill aims to improve Child Maintenance Service Marilyn Stowe Blog – 15 November A private member’s bill, Child Maintenance (Assessment of Parents’ Income) Bill 2017-19 has had its first reading in the House of Commons. The proposed bill aims to improve child maintenance service by targeting ‘non-resident parents (‘NRP’s) who seek. Read more

Bloomsbury Family Law Briefing: November Teaser

Family courts and public bodies as non-parties How can the family courts deal with public bodies as non-parties which will not assist with the process of child protection in care proceedings? As a coda to particular care proceedings, Re H (Children) [2018] EWFC 61, Sir James Munby P (following his retirement as President of the. Read more

Family Law (22 October – 5 November)

Family News 85% of parents with family-based child maintenance arrangement said it worked at least fairly well Family Law Week – 2 November Child Maintenance Options has helped parents set up 33,400 child maintenance arrangements between February and April 2018. 85% of parents with a family-based arrangement (8,300 were family-based) were happy with how the. Read more

Legal services orders and costs allowances: funding family finance proceedings

Funding and when may it be available It is likely that financial relief in matrimonial and civil partnership, and in some other financial relief proceedings (eg under Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984, (MFPA 1984) Pt 3) are unique in all litigation in enabling courts – in this case family courts – to provide for. Read more

Family Law (8 October – 22 October)

Family News Many thousands of babies are living in households carrying very high risks: Children’s Commissioner Family Law Week – 18 October The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report entitled A Crying Shame, suggesting there are 15,800 babies under the age of one living at home, but considered ‘to be vulnerable or highly. Read more

Bloomsbury Family Law Briefing: September Teaser

Non-party production of documents in family proceedings A variety of judicial concern has been expressed at the failures of police to produce to the family courts documents in their possession relevant to care proceedings. When they should do this is regulated by eg Senior Courts Act 1981, s 34 and the witness summons procedure; and. Read more

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