The list below is of the articles published on the site this year. Click the folders on the left hand side to browse the archive of articles now available on the site since we started publishing in 2005.
- Children: Public Law Update (March 2017)
John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings focuses on recent decisions relating to claims for damages (and other relief) under the Human Rights Act 1998.
- Maintenance, Needs and Fairness
Amy Scollan, Associate, Hunters Solicitors considers the issue of “fairness” in relation to maintenance and variations of maintenance.
- Ilott - Upholding Testamentary Freedom
Mark Jones, barrister, Three Dr Johnson’s Buildings, examines the judgment in the first Inheritance Act appeal to be heard by the Supreme Court and its implications for future claims.
- Parental Alienation – learning from other jurisdictions and other disciplines
Joanna Abrahams, Head of Family Law, Setfords, considers possible ways to overcome problems of parental alienation.
- Finance and Divorce Update March 2017
Frances Bailey, Principal Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during February 2017.
- Civil Partnerships and Marriage: Labels or a state of mind?
David Bedingfield, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, traces the development of the law relating to marriage and civil partnership up to and including the Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in Steinfeld & Keidan.
- Family Law Week’s Budget Briefing: March 2017
Suzanne Cobourne of Creaseys Chartered Accountants and tax advisers explains the Budget changes of most relevance to family lawyers.
- Divorce Jurisdiction after Brexit
An EU law working group, comprising 15 international family law experts, considers the basis on which couples should be able to engage the jurisdiction of the UK courts in order to divorce, following the UK’s departure from the European Union.
- Reforms to cross-examination by alleged abusers in the Prisons and Courts Bill
Mark Roscoe, barrister of The 36 Group, outlines the provisions which the Government proposes to insert into section 31 of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984.
- The Eureka Moment of English Creativity from EU Law: English pension sharing after a foreign financial settlement
David Hodson OBE, partner with The International Family Law Group, shares the Eureka moment when English common law creativity and obscure EU legislation enabled the making of an English pension sharing order in respect of an English pension after a financial settlement on divorce abroad but when there was no longer any ongoing connection with England – apart from the pension.
- Behind Closed Doors: Diluting the Guardian’s Independence, Circumventing the Role of the Court
Response of the Association of Lawyers for Children to the Cafcass/ADCS joint document: “Agreement about how local authorities and Cafcass can work effectively in a set of care proceedings and pre-court proceedings in the English Family Courts”.
- Children: Private Law Update (February 2017)
Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.
- HRA Claims and Concurrent Care Proceedings: Third Party Costs Orders, Statutory Charge Guidance and an Invitation to the Lord Chancellor
Ben Mansfield, barrister of The 36 Group, examines the judgment of Mr Justice Keehan in H (A Minor) v Northamptonshire County Council and the Legal Aid Agency  EWHC 282 (Fam).
- Surrogacy Law /HFEA Update (February 2017)
Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent surrogacy cases in this jurisdiction, developments in the European Court of Human Rights, calls for law reform and recent judgments concerning administrative errors by fertility clinics.
- How to prevent a Decree being made Absolute
Byron James, barrister, Expatriate Law (Dubai) / Fourteen, reviews the law, practice and procedure relating to the prevention of a decree made absolute in divorce proceedings.
- How is the PLO working? What is its impact on court process and outcome?
The Outcomes of Care Proceedings for Children Before and After Care Proceedings Reform Study Interim Report.
- Adopting Scottish Children in England
Lorraine Cavanagh, barrister of St Johns Buildings, explains the implications of a recent important judgment of the President concerning the English courts’ recognition of permanence orders of Scottish children.
- Finance and Divorce Update, February 2017
Sue Brookes, and Rose-Marie Drury, both Senior Associates with Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during January 2017.
- Domestic Violence and the Impact on Contact Re-examined
Cris McCurley, Partner in Ben Hoare Bell LLP and advisory board member of Rights of Women and Women’s Aid, considers recent developments concerning contact where there has been evidence of domestic violence, and the events which have led to them.
- The Electronic Divorce Filing Pilot: An opportunity missed or a new horizon opening up?
Stuart Clark, Associate, and David Hodson, Partner, both of The International Family Law Group LLP, describe what is known, and ask some questions, of the MoJ’s latest initiative to facilitate an online divorce system.
- DB v PB: a reminder of potential effect of maintenance agreements
Michael Allum, Solicitor with The International Family Law Group LLP, considers the implications of maintenance agreements in financial remedies cases.
- International Children Law Update: February 2017
Jacqueline Renton, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, reviews the latest key decisions in international children law.
- Costs: Reassessing the Starting Point
Mark Ablett, pupil barrister, 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers considers the perennial problem of high levels of costs in financial remedies cases and proposes a new approach to help mitigate the problem.
- The Law Commission Report: Enforcement of Family Financial Orders – Enforcement or Variation?
Joseph Rainer, barrister, Queen Elizabeth Building, analyses the implications of the Law Commission’s report Enforcement of Family Financial Orders.
- Finance and Divorce Update, January 2017
Claire Molyneux, Senior Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2016.
- Lord Sumption and the Limits of the Law: Is the Human Rights Project Undemocratic and Elitist?
David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers the arguments in a debate of vital importance to family lawyers.
- Child Contact Interventions: An Underused Resource
Gabrielle Jan Posner, barrister of Trinity Chambers, Chelmsford, argues for the greater use of child contact interventions in appropriate circumstances.