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Legal Updates

Royal Wedding

A recent report by Professor Rebecca Probert of Warwick University has highlighted how the laws that govern Royal marriage are out of date. As the law currently stands a Royal can’t marry a Catholic…

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Mother Loses Right to Keep Baby Secret From Husband

Family Law In A (a child) (father: knowledge of child’s birth) a mother requested that the Father not be told of the fact she had his baby – which she wanted adopted.  The judges…

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Family Justice System

On 1 April 2011, the Ministry of Justice reported than an independent panel set up to review the family justice system has concluded significant reform is needed.  A package of proposals has been recommended…

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Resolution Highlights Flaws in New Mediation Rules

Family Law On 6 April 2011 the new Family Procedure Rules 2010 came into force.  Amongst these rules is the need for separating couples to receive mediation before making an application to the court….

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Family Justice Review Interim Report

Family Law The Family Justice Review panel has issued an interim report in which it states that the family justice system needs significant reform.  The report suggests that the system is not working to…

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Grandparents’ Right To Contact

Family Law A new report has set out proposals to give grandparents legal rights to maintain contact with their grandchildren after a relationship breakdown or divorce. The proposals seek to reflect the important role…

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Skype for Child Contact

Family Law In a widely reported ruling a father fighting to stop his former partner taking their children to Australia was told he could keep in touch with them via Skype.  Skype is an…

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Children Law Update

In the recent case of Re T (a child)(murdered parent: contact between child and perpetrator), the High Court ruled that a parent who murdered the other parent should be entitled to make an application…

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Family Procedure Rules 2010

From 6 April 2011 the Family Procedure Rules 2010 come into effect.  These will replace the Family Procedure Rules 1991 – the code that governs the operation of family work in the County Courts. …

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Calls for the Regulation of Will Writers

The Law Society has recently launched a campaign calling for will writers to be regulated.  At present anyone can set themselves up as a will writer without the appropriate training and protection in place. …

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