Family


Lawtech start-up outlines big ambitions for family law disputes

1 April 2021

A lawtech start-up aiming to improve communication between family lawyers and their clients has explained how its product could in time help identify cases involving coercive control.


Groundbreaking family barrister wins £50,000 innovation award

24 March 2021

A barrister who co-founded a groundbreaking business that allows separating couples to obtain advice from a single legal expert at any point in the process, has won a £50,000 Women in Innovation award.


Personal insolvency verses matrimonial law

3 March 2021

It is fair to say that there has, for many years, been a “difference of opinion” between the law governing personal insolvency and matrimonial law with each “side” believing that they are right and should take precedence. The principal, sometimes conflicting, legislation is covered in the Insolvency Act 1986 and the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. However, the differing courts can and will give wide discretion when determining whether and how a married couple’s assets are to be divided.


Solicitor struck off over falsified decree absolute

19 February 2021

A solicitor who led a client to believe he was divorced after she falsified a decree absolute has been struck off. She also admitted having the client pay her in cash, rather than pay her firm.


Family courts meet the Covid challenge

13 January 2021

While the criminal courts in particular have struggled to cope with the impact of the pandemic, the family system seems to have fared somewhat better.


McFarlane tells family judges to curb out-of-hours hearings

8 January 2021

The president of the Family Division has told judges and lawyers to stop the increasing practice of holding virtual hearings outside of normal court hours, citing wellbeing concerns.


Family lawyers “must be forced to follow good practice”

17 November 2020

Family lawyers should be forced to follow good practice to protect children from “acrimonious legal representation”, and should embrace multi-disciplinary practice, a major report has concluded.


Exclusive: New ‘corporate’ chambers looks to shake up Bar

2 November 2020

A family law barrister, together with the former chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, are looking to shake up the Bar by adopting a corporate structure for their new chambers.


Four in ten parents “do not understand remote hearings”

28 October 2020

Four in ten parents who have been involved in a remote family hearing say they did not understand it, a major study has discovered. The president of the Family Division said this was “worrying”.


Family lawyers embrace mixed teams to offer non-court alternatives

21 October 2020

An increasing number of family law specialist teams are joining with other disciplines and professionals to offer clients a wider range of services that do not involve the court process, it has emerged.


Remote hearings “can bring horror into your home”, says judge

19 October 2020

A particularly unwelcome issue for judges hearing cases remotely is that some of the most disturbing elements of serious family cases are being heard at home, a High Court judge has reported.


Family lawyers “losing connection” with colleagues since lockdown

23 September 2020

Family law specialist are feeling more isolated and less connected to their peers and colleagues within the legal community since the UK went into lockdown, a survey of Resolution members has found.


Legal executive banned for forging client’s signature

6 August 2020

A highly experienced chartered legal executive who forged her client’s signature after forgetting to ask the client to sign a consent order has been banned from working for law firms.


Australia uses AI to help separating couples split assets

3 August 2020

The Australian government has launched a A$3m (£1.6m) online platform which uses artificial intelligence to help separating couples divide up their property.


High Court judge’s private comments caught on Zoom

27 July 2020

A High Court judge caught making critical comments of a mother in a care case because her laptop had not been disconnected from Zoom should have recused herself, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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