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A New Era for Divorce in the UK – The ‘No Fault Divorce’ (6 April 2022)

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill is set to come into force today, 6 April 2022. This change has been long awaited and will radically reform the law on divorce which has been in place since 1973.  Read more...

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Can men help end violence against women and girls? (9 March 2022)

Ending violence against women and girls can only be achieved through change. Male attitudes and understanding, as well as female approaches and responses, must change so that all misogyny, even the ‘harmless banter’ which we are so used to shrugging off, is no longer socially acceptable.  Read more...

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Break the Bias: Finding the Victim’s Voice in the Family Court (8 March 2022)

Though International Women’s Day seeks to ‘Break the Bias’ this year, the foundations must be present, and proper access to justice for domestic abuse victims is far from resolved  Read more...

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Family court attendance requirement clarified (18 February 2022)

The president of the Family Division has sought to clarify updated arrangements for physical attendance in court after a previous direction caused confusion.  Read more...

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Remote hearings: just because you can, does not mean you should! (17 February 2022)

What is convenient for some poses problems for others, which is why the remote hearing option must remain just that, and not be the rule, but must be considered instead on a case by case basis.  Read more...

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Domestic Abuse Act 2021 Bill Enshrines Long Overdue Victim Protection in Law (24 January 2022)

The landmark Domestic Abuse Act 2021 creates the first statutory definition of such offences to do away with the outdated idea that abuse is not solely physical but can also be coercive, controlling or economic.  Read more...

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How the introduction of no-fault divorce on 6 April 2022 may assist victims of domestic abuse (4 January 2022)

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 reflects a breakthrough reform for divorce law as it will assist married couples to divorce without having to go through the grueling process of placing blame on the other.  Read more...

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Domestic Abuse - An Urgent Public Concern (22 December 2021)

The rising cases of domestic abuse in the UK cannot be seen as an issue to be addressed in private, rather it is a matter of great public concern.  Read more...

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Everything You Need to Know About the New No-Fault Divorce Bill (29 November 2021)

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 is likely to be implemented in April 2022, and with that a big change within the divorce process. This is hoping to remedy the well-believed shortfalls with the current divorce system.   Read more...

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The Impact of Covid-19 on the Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (13 August 2021)

Cafcass has published an update in relation to the provision of the Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (DAPP) to alleviate the pressure on the family justice system.  Read more...

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What does the Domestic Abuse Bill look like and what will it mean for cases? (1 June 2021)

Cases of domestic abuse have risen during the pandemic, how will the Domestic Abuse Bill help?  Read more...

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Protection from FGM: Family Law Development of FGMPOs (26 March 2021)

FGM has been criminalised for 36 years now, yet we saw the first and – to-date – only FGM conviction in 2019  Read more...

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Assumptions of domestic violence in marriages (4 March 2021)

Recently there has been an increase in the number of serious claims being made by mothers against the fathers of their children in family proceedings. These include allegations of sexual abuse and coercive control.   Read more...

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Breakthrough Ruling for Victims of Domestic Abuse seeking Legal Aid (9 February 2021)

Many victims and survivors of domestic abuse have faced extreme difficulties in obtaining legal aid to fund court applications for orders such as non-molestation, and child arrangements orders  Read more...


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