Government at odds with itself on domestic violence

The debate over the definition of domestic violence used in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill highlights the absence of joined-up thinking within the government.

Full post: Law Society Gazette News Blog

R v Kayani and Solliman: Any damage to welfare of children does not justify reduction in sentence for abduction

Should a prison sentence for child abduction be reduced because it may adversely affect the children, who are now in the care of the abducting parent?

Full post: Family Lore

Against my Will

The Inheritance (Cohabitants) Bill received its first reading on the 12th January. It is based on a Law Commission Report which, after consultation, recommended that the law be changed so that cohabitants would have an automatic claim to the property of their partner if he or she died intestate, provided they had lived together for five years or two years if there was a child of the relationship.

Full post: Lords of the Blog

The costs risk conundrum: how a change in the law has congested courts

Marilyn considers whether the "no order" costs principle has led to an increase in the number of litigants in person.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Divorce, joint tenancy and how to prepare for the unexpected

A new case has come to light that is important for anyone going through family separation who owns a property jointly with their partner– as well as the practitioners advising them.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Public sector pensions - CEV problems - progress at last?

Contrary to what we are being told by the various pension scheme call-centres, it would appear that the public sector schemes have now received the revised calculation factors.

Full post: The Ancillary Actuary

What does the future hold for parents’ rights?

Just before I went on air at This Morning last week, Holly Willoughby – a new mum herself and one of the presenters of the programme – turned to me and said “just what rights do parents have to their children?”

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Social media – our master or our servant?

Guest post arising from a discussion about the difficulty in obtaining s26 contact orders in placement proceedings and the spate of media reports of teenagers tracked down on Facebook by their biological family.

Full post: Pink Tape

Public Sector Pensions - Green Shoots?

You may recall that the current difficulties with public sector pension schemes arose when the Treasury released a document on 26 October 2011 announcing a change to the discount factors used for calculating Cash Equivalent Values.

Full post: The Ancillary Actuary (scroll down)

The man who built his house on sand

No man can stop the tide. Sir Paul Coleridge is to build a Marriage Foundation, to strengthen the institution of marriage and to counter the “scourge of society” family breakdown.

Full post: Pink Tape

The non-resident nightmare: how offshore income is taken into account for child support

The case of GF v CMEC (2011) UKUT 371 (AAC), published last month, is yet another example of an inefficient and cumbersome draftsmanship at work.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog