Why family law needs reform now (or not)

MP Suella Fernandes has written a plea for wide ranging reform of family law in The Times.

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No-fault divorce: 2017

Time to re-think no fault divorce after Owens.

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Transparency on Radio 4

Radio 4 covered the topic of transparency last week, following publication of research by Cardiff University about the impact of the 2014 guidance on publication of judgments.

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Unreasonable behaviour, unreasonable judges or unreasonable law?

This post is about the decision of the Court of Appeal in Owens v Owens, which has received a lot of media coverage since yesterday when the decision was announced.

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Important new research published today on the Transparency Guidance for publication of Family Court judgments

The research, led by Dr Julie Doughty of Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics, examines how the Transparency Guidance on publication of family court judgments  has taken effect since February 2014 and its impact.

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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing…

A new McKenzie Friend website has been launched this week. It is in my view an excellent illustration of the truth of the proposition that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, whether that knowledge is wielded by a law student or a McKenzie friend of some other flavour.

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Ilott -v- Mitson: Claims by adult children contesting wills – the law is unsatisfactory

The Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the case of Ilott (Respondent) v The Blue Cross and others (Appellants) [2017] UKSC 17 on 15 March, a case having its roots in the death of the late Mrs Jackson (Mrs Ilott’s mother) some 13 years ago.

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Now wash your hands

East Sussex v AG (Finding of Fact) 2017.

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Offers to settle: HRA damages claims and CPR Part 36 – Part I

In SW & TW (Human Rights Claim: Procedure) (Rev 1) [2017] EWHC 450 (Fam), Cobb J expressed the view obiter – the question was not formally before him – that Human Rights Act 1998 s 8 damages claims alongside care proceedings must be issued under CPR 1998 Pt 8.

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Prisons and courts bill: cross-examination of complainant witnesses

This is a guest post written by David Burrows.

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Prison & Courts Bill – banning cross examination of victims?

I’d intended to post a speedy, pithy summary of what the new Bill says about the “prohibition on cross examination of victims in family courts”, as it has been described.

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‘The truly pitiful plight of a mother caught up in drug addiction’: Publishing judgments from ‘ordinary’ family court decisions

Before new guidance from February 2014 (the Transparency Guidance), it was extremely rare for a judgment from a ‘routine’ family court case, outside of the High Court, raising no point of particular legal interest, to be placed in the public domain by being published (anonymously) online.

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