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Judge Gives Ruling in Surrogacy Case

A High Court judge has ruled that a one-year-old girl should live with her father and his male partner instead of her mother, reports the BBC.

Family Break-Up Linked to Psychosomatic Problems in Teens

Parental separation or divorce is linked to a heightened risk of psychosomatic problems among the children in the family, according to recent research from Sweden published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Financial Honesty in Relationships

Money is well known to be a common cause of stress within a relationship but, according to a recent survey by the Money Advice Service, many couples are far from honest with their partner about their finances.

Financial Impact of Divorce Lasts into Retirement

It is widely recognised that divorce can have a negative impact on a couple’s finances, but people are possibly less aware of how far reaching this impact can actually be.

Report Recommends Children’s Involvement in Mediation

An advisory group set up by Justice Minister Simon Hughes to investigate the best ways for children to be involved in out-of-court dispute resolution processes has now published its final report.

The Hidden Depths of Financial Abuse

The hidden misery of women trapped in financially abusive relationships has been revealed in a recent report by the TUC and Women’s Aid. According to the report, many of these women are trapped in poverty without any access to money for essentials, emergencies or for their children.

Enforcing Family Financial Orders

The Law Commission has published a consultation paper on the enforcement of family financial orders in England and Wales.

Support for Women Facing the Threat of Domestic Violence

The Government has announced funding of £10 million to help support refuges across the country and boost provision for vulnerable victims of domestic violence and their families.

Manifesto for Family Law Launched

Family law organisation Resolution has launched its Manifesto for Family Law, calling for widespread changes to the laws affecting divorce and separation.

Giving Children a Voice in Court

New Government proposals will mean that children involved in any type of family case - whether to remove them into care or disputes about child arrangements following divorce or separation - will be able to have their views heard when decisions are made that will affect them.

DNA Tests to Cut Courtroom Battles

The Government has recently announced that from September all family court judges in England will be able to order DNA tests to determine a child’s parentage.

Impact of Family Court Advisers

Researchers at Northumbria University have recently studied the impact of Family Court Advisers on the duration of court cases involving adoption or care proceedings.

An Insight into UK Family Structure

The Office for National Statistics has recently published statistics that give an interesting insight into the most common household types and family structures that existed in the UK during 2014.

Maintenance Payments Hit Record Levels

The number of non-resident parents who pay towards the cost of their children through the Child Support Agency (CSA) has hit an all-time high, according to the Government.

Cafcass Gives Update on Case Workload

The latest figures from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) show that in December 2014, it received a total of 918 care applications. This figure represents a 13% increase compared to the number received in December 2013.

Warning over ‘Misuse’ of Domestic Violence Defence

Amendments made by the Government to criminalise coercive and controlling patterns of behaviour and psychological abuse in relationships have been welcomed by domestic violence charity, Women’s Aid. However, the charity has warned that the defence included in the offence could too easily be manipulated by perpetrators.

Raising Awareness of Child Abduction

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has recently come together with charity Reunite to help raise awareness of the issue of international parental child abduction.

Season's Greetings from Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors

Season’s Greetings and our very best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year from everyone at Gregorian Emerson Family Law Solicitors.If you require any legal representation over the festive period, please contact us through our online contact form. We are open throughout Christmas and New Year and will be on hand to provide legal advice online, or by calling 01483 610 766

Converting Civil Partnership into Marriage

A change in the law came into force on 10th December, giving couples in a civil partnership the right to convert this into a marriage.

Family Carers Discriminated Against

A new survey by charity Grandparents Plus has found that many kinship carers and the children they look after are discriminated against by public officials and other parents.

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