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Economic Abuse

Economic Abuse

Following the Domestic Abuse Bill, the definition of domestic abuse has extended to economic abuse too. This is separate to ‘controlling or coercive behaviour’ and to ‘psychological, emotional or other abuse’ and could stand alone be enough to amount to domestic...

Victims’ Code of Practice Order 2020

Victims’ Code of Practice Order 2020

The Revised Code of Practice for Victims of Crime will come into operation on 1stApril 2021.The code will set out the services to be provided to victims of crime by relevant service providers. This comes after a Government consultation on Improving the Victims'...

The Impact of the Second Lockdown on the Family Courts

The Impact of the Second Lockdown on the Family Courts

The Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals issued a message of support and encouragement on November1st2020, in light of the government’s announcement of a second nationwide lock down commencing on Thursday 5th of November 2020.Due to the essential...

Families Struggle with Remote Hearings

Families Struggle with Remote Hearings

The president of the Family Division Sir Andrew McFarlane ordered a report to be conducted by Nuffield Justice Observatory into the use of remote hearings in family courts. The research drew on a survey of over 1,300 people, including more than 1,100 legal...

The House of Commons Advice for Separated Parents

The House of Commons Advice for Separated Parents

On October15th 2020, The House of Commons Library published a paper providing advice and answers to key questions advising parents and guardians on maintenance arrangements and access to children. In line with the recent introduction of the United Kingdom’s three tier...

United Kingdom Joins the 2007 Child Support Convention

United Kingdom Joins the 2007 Child Support Convention

From January 1st 2021, when the United Kingdom’s (UK) transition period from the European Union (EU) ends, the UK will adopt the 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance ( 2007 Child Support...

Bored and Broken Children

Bored and Broken Children

Following the March 2020 lockdown there was a significant increase in homelessness due to the rise in redundancy and cuts in Universal Credit which meant that families were evicted from their homes and forced to stay in B&B’s. Reports show that up to 1,100...

Weddings Reformedfor All

Weddings Reformedfor All

The Law Commission has launched a consultation into England and Wales marriage laws, after labelling the current laws that regulate how and where couples marry as unsuitable for modern times. The intention of the Law Commission’s proposals is to bring marriage laws...

Divorce Takes Longer

Divorce Takes Longer

What has happened? The time taken for paper-based divorces to be processed in the UK has increased significantly in comparison to last year. What does this mean? On averagein 2020 a paper-based divorce took 66.5 weeks to finalize, this is a 7 week increase in...