No Fault Divorce

On 6 April 2022, no fault divorce was introduced in England and Wales. No fault divorce allows couples to bring to an end their marriage or civil partnership without having to blame “or fault” each other for the breakdown of their relationship and marriage. It also removes the possibility of one spouse contesting the divorce, […]

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Family courts volume of work at “an all time high.”

Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the Family Division of the High Court and the most senior family court judge in England and Wales has stated that everyone working in “family justice” is currently operating at the “extent of their capacity”. He has outlined that a significant number of agencies and law firms have had […]

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International Women’s Day

8th March 2022 International Women’s Day (IWD) has its origins in the US. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better pay and voting rights. Spurred by the demonstrations, the Socialist Party of America declared the first National Woman’s Day, which was observed in the US on 28 February. […]

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Coercive control and the family courts.

“My ex used the justice system as a form of coercive control – the law should not aid the abuse of women” I have composed a number of articles within my blog addressing the issues of attendance at the family courts or indeed during on line hearings for women who have/are experiencing domestic abuse and […]

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Journey through the Family Courts

Journey through the family courts A journey is something all humans experience. We will all go on many journeys: emotionally and physically. Journeys that take us to mountain summits, down a woodland track, through a vibrant gorge or along a rock pool filled beach. Journeys take us on a voyage of discovery, a dead end […]

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Empathy in the Family Courts

The practice of remote hearings in the family court can and does challenge the features of fairness and empathy. There is more to a successful hearing than providing administrative and practical IT support to participants and particularly to Litigants in Person.  Many parents are taking part in hearings remotely on their own and from their […]

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Remote hearings: the HMCTS evaluation

I am a great fan of the Transparency Project and keep up to date with their news and blogs. This week I intended to create a blog on the subject of “Empathy in relation to Remote Hearings” – but I was struck by the information provided by the Transparency Project in their blog regarding HMCTS […]

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The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory is an independent organisation that improves the lives of children and families by putting data and evidence at the heart of the family justice system. They state….. “The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory exists to find and fill the gaps in our understanding of the family justice system, highlight the areas […]

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Women’s McKenzie Friend. Blog Thingamybob

My brain sometimes becomes overloaded with all the information, data, views, opinions, beliefs, reviews, reports and judgments that circulate around in life generally and more specifically within the family court sphere. It seems that there are so many views and opinions that are divisive and create discord, acrimony and rancor which are significant boundaries to […]

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Andrew McFarlane and drafting of Orders in the Family Courts

The president of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued a memorandum setting out the approach for drafting orders in the Family Court, in order to mitigate a number of problems.  Within this memorandum he has issued a warning to family lawyers and other practitioners over the preparation of witness statements and drafting orders. […]

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