MHAW: Law firms, psychologists and professors launch industry-first mental health collaboration

In the first of its kind, dozens of family law practitioners from over fifteen firms and chambers collaborated with psychologists, psychiatrists and academics to produce resource materials that will provide industry-wide guidance to all family law practitioners on how to identify and support those involved in relationship breakdown who are struggling with their mental health.  […]

Holland Family Law launches Early Neutral Evaluation service

Holland Family Law firm, based in Leicester, has announced the launch of its Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) service available to anyone in the UK in need of family law advice. The new service is a confidential, flexible, non-biased type of alternative dispute resolution. ENE offers a way of settling family disputes, identifying early on what […]

Changes to Family Procedure Rules encourage the use of non-Court dispute resolution

The media has recently reported that mediation is “revolutionising British business and Family Courts … in avoiding litigation and providing mutually agreeable solutions”. It is easy to see how this has come about with Court backlogs and the cost of living crisis, meaning that there is less money available for expensive litigation, and with legislation […]

Changes to Family Procedure Rules encourage the use of non-Court dispute resolution

The media has recently reported that mediation is “revolutionising British business and Family Courts … in avoiding litigation and providing mutually agreeable solutions”. It is easy to see how this has come about with Court backlogs and the cost of living crisis, meaning that there is less money available for expensive litigation, and with legislation […]

Industry reacts to new changes to the Family Procedure Rules

The new regulation mandating the majority of separating and divorcing couples to first attempt non-court dispute resolution methods, like mediation, for addressing children arrangements and financial matters, has officially come into effect. Industry commentators have reacted to the changes. The rules are designed to focus on the opportunities for resolution away from the court.  They […]

CMA launches draft guidance for online divorce

The CMA has today opened a consultation on draft guidance for unregulated businesses which provide will writing, online divorce, and pre-paid probate services in the UK. The draft guidance is intended to help providers of these services to better understand, and comply with, consumer protection law. The CMA is now seeking views from businesses in […]

Family law market value hits £2bn – Discounted report offer

The value of the family law market in 2023 increased by 5.4% to pass £2bn for the first time. The growth was driven by advice for high net worth individuals, complex cases especially Children Act cases, and increased demand for advice on financial issues after a divorce; in large part attributable for the spike in […]

One expert is better than two

In BR v BR [2024] EWFC 11, Peel J in his role as head of the Financial Remedies Court delivered “a written judgment as one or two points of principle arise” on the use of single joint experts in financial remedy proceedings. This is an important decision for family lawyers on how cases should be […]

High profile firm support lawyer after online divorce mistake

A high profile law firm have pledged to support their employee after they filed an online divorce order for the wrong client. Vardags, based in London, has seen an outpouring of sympathy on social media, with many empathising with the mistake.  The young lawyer who made the slip had clicked on the wrong client through […]

The ‘Pathfinder’ Court for children – a hindrance or opportunity?

Private Family practitioners will be aware of how topical the new ‘Pathfinder’ Court is as an alternative process to the existing Children Act proceedings timetable. This is following successful pilots in North Wales and Dorset. Pathfinder consolidates the existing structure and aims to deal with cases in under six months. Concerns raised include the delay […]

Divorce in decline – marital bliss or a harsher reality?

Earlier this year it emerged that divorces have hit their lowest level since 1971, when the Divorce Reform Act came into being. Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there were 80,057 divorces granted in England and Wales in 2022, marking a decrease of almost 30 per cent on 2021. The implementation […]

Coercive and Controlling Behaviour – Where Are We?

As an experienced family lawyer, I have seen a noticeable increase in clients who come to see me who are suffering from domestic abuse, specifically coercive control, over the past few years. Coercive control is a form of abuse that is often hard to detect initially: The perpetrator slowly drills away at an individual’s self-esteem, […]

Ofsted report of Court advisory ‘outstanding’

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  Ofsted has published it’s full report of the full inspection of independent court advisory service Cafcass which took place earlier this year, and has judged all three areas of inspection to be ‘outstanding’- a marked improvement since their last inspection in 2018 where they were judged to be ‘Good’. Inspectors evaluated a range of […]

Bridging Communication Gaps: The Crucial Role of Intermediaries in Family Court Proceedings

Introduction Family court proceedings can be emotionally charged, complex and challenging especially when delicate issues like with whom a child will live, or complex family dynamics, are involved. Recognising the need for effective communication and fair representation, the role of intermediaries has become increasingly significant in family court settings. In this blog we delve into […]

Ellisons Solicitors offers employers tips on upcoming law on parental and carers leave

Julian Outen, Partner and Head of Employment at Ellisons Solicitors, delves into new legislation for parental leave and what it means for employees. From 6 April 2024, draft Regulations extend further the current right of employees on maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave who are at risk of redundancy, to be offered suitable available employment […]

Column: Cohabitation Laws in Practice

Gabrielle Thomas, a senior associate from Stowe Family Law explores the potential outcomes of a new cohabitation reform, set to be enforced by 2026.  As the popularity of marriage declines, many couples now choose to live together prior to getting married, and some choose not to get married at all. In recognition of the shifting […]

Over 3,000 participants confirm growing success of Family Mediation Week initiative

New figures show the growing success of Family Mediation Week, with well over 3,000 people having participated in a series of webinars and face-to-face meetings held during the January 2024 event, almost doubling the corresponding figure for 2023. Family Mediation Week 2024 events, organised by The Family Mediation Council (FMC), provided information and support to […]

First things first – getting the basics right

I am excited to be writing this, my first blog, for Today’s Media. I qualified in 1996, and left private practice in 2012 to co-found The CS Partnership.  The CS Partnership is a consultancy for law firms founded by ex-lawyers who wanted to help the profession deal with the modernisation it was facing.  I am […]