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.
- The Child Arrangements Programme 2014: The Key Provisions
Louise McCallum, barrister at Zenith Chambers, Leeds, looks at the new Child Arrangements Programme that came into force on 22 April 2014.
- Children and Families Act 2014 – A Guide for Public Children Lawyers
Jennifer Kotilaine, barrister, of 42 Bedford Row explains the changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014 of most interest to public children lawyers.
- Bankers’ Bonuses – how the divorce capital of the world treats the rewards reaped from the financial capital of Europe
Lois Rogers, solicitor at Vardags, and Lily Mottahedan, barrister at 1 Hare Court, examine the court’s treatment of bonuses in financial remedy claims in light of the recent decision of Mrs Justice Eleanor King in H v W  EWHC 4105 (Fam) and pre-existing case law.
- Is Time Running Out For Section 20 of The Children Act?
Julie Stather, barrister of 42 Bedford Row, examines the recent use of section 20 and considers its future in the light of the impending 26 week limit for care proceedings.
- A Family Justice System Fit for Families
Justice Minister Simon Hughes MP welcomes the family justice changes which come into force on the 22nd April.
- Finance and Divorce April 2014 Update
Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor, and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published in March.
- “Please Sir I Want Some More”
Sarah Lucy Cooper, barrister of Thomas More Chambers, examines the law on anti-suit injunctions and their role in financial remedies cases where one party seeks to pursue claims in another jurisdiction despite a final order having been made in this jurisdiction.
- Local Authority Focus – Families with No Recourse to Public Funding and Part III of the Children Act
Sally Gore, barrister of Fourteen, considers a pressing concern of local authorities and immigrant families: the duties owed under Part III of the Children Act 1989 to individuals who have no recourse to public funding.
- Pre-acquired Assets – a new approach?
Liz Cowell and Abigail Lowther both of Slater & Gordon analyse the case law to see whether any general principles can be identified as to how the court will deal with pre-acquired assets in financial remedies cases.
- Care Proceedings: Who is Best Placed to Provide Best Evidence?
Eleanor Battie, barrister of Crown Office Row, Brighton, asks whether the demand for speed in care proceedings is at the cost of best expert evidence.
- Habitual Residence - Habitual Problems
Joshua Viney, pupil at 1 Hare Court, considers the implications of the Court of Appeal judgment in Tan v Choy and the ongoing debate concerning the fifth indent of Article 3 of Brussels IIR.
- "With this diode, I thee wed”: Marrying robots and what this tells us about 21st century marriage
Janet Bettle, Barrister, Trinity Chambers, Chelmsford and Jonathan Herring, Professor of Law, Exeter College, University of Oxford examine the nature of marriage and how it may evolve.
- Care Proceedings: The European Dimension
Michael Jones, barrister of 15 Winckley Square Chambers, offers a guide to practitioners conducting care proceedings involving families with European origins.
- Family Law Week’s Budget Briefing 2014
Jan Ellis, chartered accountant, of Ellis Foster LLP, a firm which specialises in advising family lawyers on tax-related family law issues, explains the budget changes of most relevance to family lawyers.
- The Children and Families Act 2014 – Private Law Proceedings: what practitioners need to know
Anna Heenan, solicitor with Gregg Latchams LLP in Bristol, examines the new statutory provisions in respect of MIAMs, continued parental involvement and child arrangement orders.
- Funding Family Proceedings and Legal Services Orders
Tony Ward, Family Law barrister with 3PB analyses the latest case law relating to Legal Services Orders under s.22ZA MCA 1973
- Child Support – What Is Going On?
Jody Atkinson TEP, barrister at St John's Chambers, Bristol, considers the ongoing changes to the Child Support Act system
- From "Shaken Baby Syndrome" to "Non-Accidental Head Injury" – The Continuing Research and the Law
David Bedingfield of 4 Paper Buildings charts the recent history of scientific research into serious non-accidental head injuries suffered by babies and the response of the family and criminal courts in England and Wales.
- Reporting Restrictions and the New Transparency - Part 3
In the final part of her article reviewing reporting restriction orders and the new transparency Mary Lazarus, barrister of 42 Bedford Row, considers in detail the President's recent guidance on transparency in the family courts.
- Finance and Divorce March 2014 Update
Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published in February
- Reporting Restrictions and the New Transparency - Part 2
In the second part of her article reviewing reporting restriction orders and the new transparency Mary Lazarus, barrister of 42 Bedford Row, considers those cases involving aggrieved parties and cases with international implications.
- The Termination of Parental Responsibility: Awaiting the Court of Appeal's Judgment in the Appeal of CW v SG  EWHC 854 (Fam)
Esther Lieu, barrister of Queen Square Chambers in Bristol, explores the circumstances in which parental responsibility may be terminated and considers the effect of s.4(2A) in anticipation of the Court of Appeal's judgment in the appeal from CW v SG.
- Fraudulent non-disclosure: the latest Chapter
Sarah Foreman, a solicitor at Vardags, analyses the Court of Appeal judgment in Sharland v. Sharland
- Reporting Restrictions and the New Transparency - Part 1
This is the first part of a three-part article by Mary Lazarus, barrister of 42 Bedford Row, reviewing recent developments concerning reporting restriction orders and transparency in the family courts. In this first part Mary considers some procedural issues before concentrating on those cases involving clashes between the need for privacy and the desire to report issues of genuine public interest.
- The Law Commission’s Report on Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements
Spencer Clarke, Lawyer in the Property, Family and Trust Law Team at the Law Commission considers the Key recommendations of the Law Commission’s Report on Matrimonial, Property, Needs and Agreements
- International Children Law Update: February 2014
Jacqueline Renton, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, reviews the latest key decisions in international children law.
- Split Hearings in Care Proceedings: a Thing of the Past?
Michael Jones, barrister of 15 Winckley Square Chambers, reviews the recent Court of Appeal judgment in S (A Child)  EWCA Civ 25 and considers its likely consequences.
- Court of Protection Update: February 2014
Sally Bradley and Michael Edwards, barristers of 4 Paper Buildings, consider the President's guidance on transparency in the Court of Protection as well as the most important recent judgments.
- Asaad v Kurter: The latest round in ‘non-marriage’ cases - is the tide turning?
Lily Mottahedan, barrister at 1 Hare Court, examines the court’s approach in determining whether a marriage was a ‘non-marriage or a ‘void’ or ‘valid’ in the recent High Court judgment in Asaad v Kurter  EWHC 3852 (Fam)
- When Best Interests Collide: A Protected Party, Protected Party’s Children and the Court of Protection
Sarah Phillimore, barrister of St John's Chambers, Bristol, and Daniela Nickols, associate solicitor with Mowbray Woodwards, analyse the recent case of X,Y, and Z  EWHC 87 (COP) in which the Court of Protection considered the interplay between the best interests of a protected party and that party's children.
- Prenuptial Agreements Latest Caselaw: Pandora’s Box Stays Closed… at least for now
Sarah Foreman, a solicitor at Vardags, considers a recent case in which the wife failed in her challenge of a pre-nup entered into with her wealthy husband in respect of MPS and costs allowance.
- Finance and Divorce February 2014 Update
Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published in January
- Surrogacy: A Guide to the Current Law (Part 2) - Issues Arising
In the second of two articles providing an introduction to surrogacy law, Bianca Jackson, a pupil barrister at Coram Chambers, considers the main issues arising from the current legislation.
- Children: Public Law Update (January 2014)
John Tughan, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, analyses recent judgments in public law children cases and, in particular, the Re B-S line of authorities.
- Surrogacy: A Guide to the Current Law (Part 1)
In the first of two articles providing an introduction to surrogacy law, Bianca Jackson, a pupil barrister at Coram Chambers, considers the key statutes and regulations underpinning this growing area of family law practice.
- Habitual Residence and Joinder in Child Abduction Cases: The Supreme Court's judgment in LC (Children)
Katy Chokowry, barrister of 1 King's Bench Walk, considers the Supreme Court's judgment in LC (Children).
- Finance and Divorce January 2014 Update
Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published in December.