Month: November 2020

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Practitioners support Good Divorce Week

On 30 November 2020 family law practitioners across the UK will support ‘Good Divorce Week’. Good Divorce Week aims to highlight the importance of reducing conflict upon separation, of taking early advice so that options are better understood and of putting the interests of children first. Working in this way means that separating parents are […]Read More

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Family Online Mediation and Arbitration Service (FOMAS) wins Innovation Award

Integrated Disputed Resolution (IDR) is pleased to have won the ‘Innovation of the Year’ award for their subsidiary company; Family Online Mediation and Arbitration Service (FOMAS) at the prestigious Lexis Nexis Family Law Awards 2020 on the 25 November. IDR’s subsidiary, FOMAS, was set up in 2019 and makes alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in family […]Read More

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Legal Eye Launches Risk and Compliance Hub

Risk and compliance consultancy Legal Eye is launching an online resource centre for law firms. The hub provides a comprehensive bank of resources to help COLPs, COFAs, partners, directors and managers to manage risk. It includes precedent policy and procedure documents and templates, access to online training on a range of risk and compliance topics, […]Read More

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Nigel Shepherd shares his views on the industry

Today’s Family Lawyer talk to Nigel Shepherd, twice former chair of Resolution, consultant and financial arbitrator at national law firm Mills & Reeve and now an adviser in the family law litigation funding sector where he is currently working with Ampla Finance. Is it more difficult to get litigation funding in the current climate? The […]Read More

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Welcome to Bath Publishing our latest partner

Today’s Family Lawyer is delighted to welcome on board 3 new businesses who have chosen to partner with the publication and showcase their products and services to the readership. Bath Publishing, the most recent organisation to partner with the publication, has a long history of working with and supporting family lawyers, through its work on […]Read More

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Guidance on family disputes involving the EU after 31 Dec

The gov.uk website has released guidance to family law practitioners about how to deal with family disputes involving the EU following the end of the UK’s transition period out of the European Union. The guidance covers: Divorce Maintenance International parental child abduction Parental responsibility (child cases) Placement of children The guidance is available here and […]Read More

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Prenups: a client’s new best friend?

In these strange times, people are taking stock and thinking about what really matters to them. This may lead to decisions being made about their relationship status, i.e. decisions being made to separate, stay together or getting engaged, or due to fewer weddings taking place, postponing marriage until some point in the future ‘when all […]Read More

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Cafcass publishes guidance on working with children through Covid-19

Cafcass has published guidance which outlines how arrangements are to be made for social workers to see children and families, work in the Cafcass offices and attend court during the enduring crisis associated with Covid-19. This guidance replaces the Covid-19 protocols which were published in July and summarises Cafcass’ approach to working with children and […]Read More

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Bridging the digital distance for clients

There’s been much debate about clients – in particular those who are parents – having concerns with the way cases are managed in a virtual court set up. A study carried out in September by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory received more than 1,300 responses, with 88% of parents concerned about how their case was […]Read More

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Civil Partnerships latest statistics in England and Wales

The Office of National Statistics publishes the latest annual statistics on formations and dissolutions of civil partnerships in England and Wales. It’s fast approaching a year since civil partnerships were extended to opposite-sex couples on 2nd December 2019 after having historically been only for same-sex couples, The judgement allowed opposite-sex couples to form a civil partnership, […]Read More

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Children’s Mental Health Charity Backs Calls to Reform How Parents

Fegans, a charity which provides professional children’s counselling and parenting support services, has welcomed a report published today by the Family Solutions Group which calls for a radical change in how parents separate in the UK to better protect children. “We whole-heartedly welcome this report from the Family Solutions Group which puts children first and […]Read More

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