Posted by Simon Bassett, Partner
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.