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Support for mothers in a destructive cycle

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Figures have been released this week indicating that, over the past seven years, 7,143 mothers have had successive children removed by family courts in England and Wales. That involved 22,790 children.

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Keeping the contact – how Child Contact Centres can help

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The Children and Families Act 2013 legislated that unless the contrary is shown, the involvement of each parent in the life of a child will further that child’s welfare. While this does not mean that each parent must have face-to-face contact, it certainly helps to make it clearer where the Courts stand on this issue.

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Study into pension sharing on divorce

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A report on pension sharing on divorce since its introduction in England and Wales in 2000 has been carried out by Hilary Woodward and Mark Sefton of Cardiff Law School. The study reviewed court files, practitioners’ own experience, judges’ and experts’ assessment of data from a sample of court files. The conclusion reached was that pension sharing was a good weapon in the court’s armoury but that it was used by only a privileged minority. The more common approach was to offset pensions against non-pension assets.

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More over-60s embracing marriage

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The data for England and Wales, published on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 11 June, looked at marriages that took place in 2012. Its analysis revealed that marriages among men and women aged 65 to 69 increased significantly …

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Family Courts See Rise in Self-Representation

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A report published at the end of last month (May) has suggested that almost half of all parents involved in a legal dispute relating to access to their children were going through the court process without having taken any legal advice.

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Same-Sex Marriages Allowed in British Consulates

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At the end of March of this year, legislation enabling same-sex marriage in England and Wales came into force. Scotland is expected to introduce similar legislation later this year. The legislation follows the introduction of the “Consular Marriage and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014” which came into force yesterday (June 3rd).

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International Family Law Matters

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Over the weekend, the 30th International Missing Children’s Day took place, with a leading charity turning to social media to highlight and raise awareness of the issue of missing children in the UK.

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Calls for More Legal Rights for Couples who Cohabit

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At the end of April of this year, one of the UK’s most senior judges suggested that unmarried women who live with their partner are effectively “thrown on the scrapheap” if the relationship breaks down.

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Impending Changes to Child Maintenance

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On 21st May, it was announced that thousands of single parents throughout the UK are to receive letters informing them of changes to their child maintenance arrangements.

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Divorce myths to be resolved

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Couples going through separation are to be given clear new guidelines setting out what they should expect when property and income is distributed by the courts, it has been announced.

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Recent case throws light on court treatment of bonuses in divorce proceedings

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The question of bankers’ bonuses has long been in the news and indeed garnered further attention last year following the EU cap on bankers’ bonuses.

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More Couples Considering Pre-Nups

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Earlier this year, the Law Commission published proposals which suggested that pre-nuptial agreements should be legally enforceable within the UK.

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