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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 "subject-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.

Council fails to pay proper financial support to foster carers

The Local Government Ombudsman has found that Liverpool City Council has been failing to pay around 340 foster carers the correct amount of allowances for a number of years.

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Same sex marriage becomes law

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has now received Royal Assent and has officially become law.

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Care cases diverted from court in Cafcass pilot

Skilled joint social work between Cafcass and local authorities can prevent the need for care proceedings, according to a recently published report.

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Divorce rates immune to boom and bust

A report from the think-tank, The Marriage Foundation, claims to have exploded the myth about a link between divorce and recession.

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Supreme Court rules in landmark divorce case

A landmark ruling by the Supreme Court in the case of Prest v Petrodel, which was about financial remedies in divorce, has upheld the appeal of the estranged wife.

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Use of expert witnesses decreases in family courts

New research from Cafcass, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, has found that the instruction of expert witnesses in cases in family courts involving care applications is decreasing.

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Relationship status affects wellbeing

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recently published data and an analysis on the state of the country’s National Well-being.

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Foreign Office marks International Missing Children’s Day

Almost ten new child abduction and international custody cases a week are being dealt with by the Foreign Office, according to newly released Government figures.

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Improving expert evidence in family courts

New national standards to raise the quality of experts used in family courts and get rid of time-consuming evidence which adds little value in helping judges reach a decision have been announced by the Government.

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Together for years, but still classed as single

One in ten adults in Britain are in a relationship but not living with their partner - and most of those are incorrectly counted as single in official statistics, according to recently published research.

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New 'Passport to support' for adopters

The government has published ‘Adoption passport: a support guide for adopters’, which sets out the support services adopters can expect from local authorities.

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Annual report on international family law

The Office of the Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales (the Office) has published its Annual Report for 2012.

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Policy shift needed to prevent child abuse, says NSPCC

Children’s charity the NSPCC is calling for a new approach to child abuse, focusing more on prevention as well as protection. It says this should help close the gap between the number of children who are abused or neglected at home, and the number who are actually protected by local authorities.

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Family court applications following separation reach record highs

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has continued to see high levels of private law cases in March, with 4,001 new applications passed to Cafcass - a 1% increase on March 2012 levels.

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Concerns over cuts to legal aid

Family law practitioners have reiterated concerns that vulnerable people will be left without legal advice and support during divorce after cuts to legal aid came into force on 1st April.

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Family court statistics

The Ministry of Justice has published statistics on the type and volume of cases that were received and processed through the court system of England and Wales in the fourth quarter of 2012 (October to December).

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Cafcass is making less use of experienced Guardians

A recent members’ survey by Nagalro has found that the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) is making less use of experienced Children’s Guardian practitioners.

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Divorce hotspots in England & Wales revealed

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has recently released a list of divorce hotspots in England and Wales.

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Concerns over handling of international child abductions

Recent research from the Law School at Cardiff University has uncovered threats to the effectiveness of the existing system to deal with international child abduction to England and Wales.

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Shared parenting presumption

The Government’s plan to introduce a legal presumption of shared parenting has proved to be very controversial.

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