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President calls for sweeping reforms of the family law justice system Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, the most senior family law judge in England and Wales has spoken at the Legal Wales Conference about his desire to see ‘radical’ reform he believes is necessary to counter the negative…

Family Law Jargon Buster The legal world uses a lot of terms that you won’t see in everyday life. In recent years there have been steps to cut out the old-fashioned Latin words and encourage the use of straight-forward, everyday language that people can understand and use whether they have legal training or not. In…

Ministry of Justice statistics show a drop in Family Court cases New statistics released by the Ministry of Justice show that the number of cases in the Family Court fell by 19% compared to the same period last year. From April to June 2014 there were 57,720 cases concluded across England and Wales compared to…

UK court considers child abduction laws in recent appeal The recent case Re H [2014] saw a father’s appeal to bring back his two children from Bangladesh dismissed, despite the father believing that the children were being unlawfully detained there and that they were at risk of significant harm. The Facts The High Court previously…

The withdrawal of legal aid in many family cases has meant that volunteer groups such as the McKenzie friend scheme are becoming increasingly popular. Plans are under way to create new advice centres where law students will assist divorcing couples by guiding them through the divorce process. The scheme is to be introduced as part…

The welfare minister Lord Freud has stated that family breakdown in Britain could cost the taxpayer £46bn. In an article for The Telegraph the welfare minister stated that the government had a ‘clear duty’ to strengthen families. He also emphasised the importance of marriage, stating that matrimony should be ‘put back in its rightful place’…