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Through his experience as a solicitor and equity partner in leading City of London commercial law firms, and successful involvement in all aspects of his own international matrimonial litigation, it became clear to him that the practise of family law would benefit from both the application of a psychological skill set (reflecting the underlying "su...bject-matter" of family law: individuals with their own psychological make-up, decision-making and coping strategies) and the very high levels of service demanded by commercial law clients. The very successful outcomes enjoyed in his own litigation with the assistance of Gavin Emerson are now being replicated (and, indeed, exceeded) time and again for his own clients, confirming the merit of such a unique joint legal-psychological blueprint and the importance of an empathetic child-centric approach that can only come from personal experience. More

The future of civil partnerships

The Government is currently carrying out a consultation exercise over the operation and future of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 in England and Wales. The consultation is seeking views on civil partnership and its continuing role when all couples – whether they are of the same sex or opposite sex – are now able to marry.

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Matrimonial property, needs and agreements

The Law Commission has published a report in which it makes recommendations regarding important aspects of the law relating to the financial aspects of divorce and of the dissolution of civil partnership.

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Family court statistics

The Ministry of Justice has published statistics on cases that are received and processed through the court system of England and Wales in the second quarter of 2013 (July to September).

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Mediation is better - couples told as divorce rate rises

Thousands of couples who separate each year have been urged to spurn confrontational court battles and instead to try mediation to sort out disputes over finances and children – as new figures show divorce rates increased last year.

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Divorce statistics for England and Wales

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published annual statistics on divorces that took place in England and Wales in 2012, following court orders. The statistics do not include divorces to couples usually resident in England and Wales which took place abroad.

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Current trends in family law and divorce

The latest matrimonial survey from Grant Thornton has given some interesting insights into recent trends in divorce and other areas of family law across the UK.

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Courts take ‘child-centred’ approach in international relocation cases

A recent ruling by the Supreme Court has made the judgment that a child’s ‘state of mind’ is relevant when making assessments in cases where there is dispute over which country a child should live.

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Judgment on family arbitration award

Family law organisation Resolution has welcomed the recent judgment from Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, in the case of S v S, in which he upholds the decision (award) made through a private arbitration. This award was made under the scheme established in England and Wales by the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA).

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New law to promote mediation for separating couples

Separating parents and couples will be helped to avoid stressful court battles under a new law being introduced by the government.

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Incidences of parental abduction double

Figures released recently by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and charity Reunite have revealed that the number of parental child abduction and custody cases has more than doubled over the past ten years, with almost two children being abducted abroad each day.

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New funding to support separated couples

The government has recently announced that it will be supporting ten new projects to help separated couples resolve grievances and agree financial and parenting arrangements in their children's best interests.

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Separation rates in married and cohabiting couples

A recent analysis of Office for National Statistics data has led pro-marriage think tank the Marriage Foundation to conclude that unmarried couples are set to overtake married couples as the main source of family breakdown by the end of 2013. This is despite the fact that unmarried couples only account for only one in five parents.

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Lack of awareness of non-court based divorce solutions

There is “patchy understanding” and “ill-founded scepticism” about alternatives to going to court during break-ups according to a new poll commissioned by family law body Resolution.

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Majority of fathers keep in touch with non-resident children

New research has revealed the welcome news that 87% of fathers who don’t live with their children continue to have regular contact with them.

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New standards aim to promote quality expert evidence

The Government has announced that vulnerable children will receive additional help through the introduction of new national standards, which will raise the quality of expert evidence in family courts and end unnecessary delays.

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Cafcass transfer to the Ministry of Justice

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) is to transfer to the Ministry of Justice in April 2014. According to Family Justice Minister Lord McNally, the move will allow the welfare of children and families to be brought to the heart of the court system.

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Charity tentatively welcomes victims’ code

Women’s Aid has welcomed the news that domestic violence will be considered ‘one of the most serious crimes’ under the newly released Victims’ Code, but warns that police responses to domestic violence are still failing women in many areas.

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Lack of awareness of legal aid for family mediation

The impact on courts and families of legal aid reforms implemented in April 2013 are already becoming evident, says umbrella body National Family Mediation (NFM), with an increased number of court applications and a drop in the number of referrals to mediation.

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Charities call on Lords to ensure homes for care leavers

Forty charities, other organisations and academics have joined together to call on the House of Lords to support a once-a-generation chance to change the law so that fostered young people in England can stay with their foster carers until the age of 21.

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First steps in implementing same sex marriage

The first steps have been taken to implement the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, Justice Minister Lord McNally has announced.

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