Domestic violence victims still being punished

Victims of domestic abuse have, since 2013, found themselves punished even further by the changes to legal aid eligibility. As a consequence of government funding cuts, in order to qualify for legal aid in certain family proceedings it is a requirement to provide specific evidence of domestic abuse before assistance by way of legal aid […]

Court fee hike is a tax on divorce

Resolution, the family law organisation, has voiced concerns about the proposed rise in court fees, saying they would amount to nothing less than a “tax on divorce”. Jo Edwards, chair of the group, which includes some 6,500 family lawyers and professionals, told MP’s in the House of Commons that the increase will hinder access to […]

Grandparents jailed for assisting in child abduction

A couple from Wolverhampton has been sentenced to jail for helping their daughter abduct their two grandchildren and take them to Costa Rica. The mother had previously had full-time custody of the children, but following a Family Court ruling she was allowed just one hour of supervised contact per month, with the children instead living […]

Mediation on the increase

The number of mediations taking place has risen again after falling two years ago, with assessments stabilising at around half of their previous average. In the three months from April to June this year, official figures from the Ministry of Justice showed that MIAMs (Mediation and Information Assessment Meetings) stabilised at an average of somewhat […]

Will Legal Aid fund your family law case?

Many changes were made to the availability of Legal Aid for family proceedings on 1 April 2013 due to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. As a result, Legal Aid is now only available for a limited range of family cases, summarised here: If the Local Authority issues court proceedings, or […]

Non disclosure in divorce settlements

An eagerly awaited Supreme Court judgement was reached today( 14 October) and could have far reaching implications for couples who hide their assets to avoid high value divorce settlements. Today’s judgments in the cases of Sharland and Gohil, which were heard side by side, are set to reinforce full and frank disclosure in divorce law […]

Legal remedies available for revenge porn victims

Although the internet has enabled mass communication and the easy sharing of updates and images through social media, there are downsides to this connectivity. Whereas previously it was relatively easy to control personal material and limited channels on which to share it, anyone with an internet connection can now broadcast images and comments to as […]

NICE Issues Domestic Violence Guidelines

After many years of uncertainty, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued recommendations on how health care professionals should respond appropriately to domestic violence and abuse. These guidelines have been issued now because of increasing levels of domestic abuse, with around 1.2 million women and nearly 800,000 men suffering domestic violence […]