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  JUDGEMENTS, GENDER AND THE FAMILY COURT  

Published on 14 May, 2024 | Michael Swanick

The workload undertaken by family courts across England and Wales is both immense and incredibly varied. During 2023, they dealt with just over a quarter of a million new cases (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/family-court-statistics-quarterly-october-to-december-2023/family-court-statistics-quarterly-october-to-december-2023#main-points). Each and every one has the potential to impact the lives of those involved for many years to come, not least the kind of […]

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  THE POPE, PAUSE AND PROBLEMS ON THE PATHWAY TO SURROGACY LAW REFORM  

Published on 01 May, 2024 | Emma Dewhurst

Religion, so data would suggest, is less significant in the way that British couples now tend to formalise their relationships than in previous generations. The latest marriage figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), for instance, show that just under 15 per cent of opposite sex couples married in religious ceremonies during 2020 (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/marriagecohabitationandcivilpartnerships/bulletins/marriagesinenglandandwalesprovisional/2020). […]

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  THE GOOD DIVORCE: COMMON SENSE, CONFLICT AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION  

Published on 30 April, 2024 | Sky Langwieser

THE GOOD DIVORCE: COMMON SENSE, CONFLICT AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION Few individuals facing up to the end of their marriage would consider there to be any such thing as a ‘good divorce’. That might seem particularly true for individuals who attribute the failure of their relationships to their partner’s misconduct. Unreasonable behaviour and adultery were the […]

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  FAMILY VALUES: ADAPTATION AND ADOPTION  

Published on 08 April, 2024 | Melanie Kalina

As regular readers of this ‘blog will possibly have understood by now, the British household has experienced considerable flux in recent decades. However, whether opposite-sex or same-sex, married or cohabiting, one of the things which remains something of a constant is the premium which most people place on providing a safe and nurturing environment in […]

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  PENNY DROP: REDUCING DIVORCE CONFLICT AND ‘FINANCIAL FULL-STOPS’  

Published on 02 April, 2024 | James Brown

It is perfectly reasonable to find that the end of a marriage creates a sense of disappointment. After all, even though spouses or civil partners in England and Wales who go their separate ways do so after legal relationships lasting 12 years on average, there are many individuals who spend far longer together. Over the […]

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  POINTS OF SEPARATION: FAMILIES, SUPPORT AND SHIFT  

Published on 26 March, 2024 | Katie Welton-Dillon

When it comes to family life in England and Wales, change is something of a constant. Yet the rate and type of change is very much dependent on a number of different circumstances. The impact of household finances, for instance, has been demonstrated afresh by new data published by the Department for Work and Pensions […]

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  BECAUSE WE WANT TO: OVERCOMING PROBLEMS AS SEPARATED PARENTS  

Published on 21 March, 2024 | Anna Davies

It is an unfortunate fact of family life that a large number of individuals who set up home together with the intention of staying together for some time end up going their separate ways. The impact of such break-ups is often magnified and complicated by those involved having children. Data published by the Department for […]

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  THE GREAT LEAP FORWARDS: CHANGE AND TRADITION IN RELATIONSHIPS  

Published on 29 February, 2024 | Rachael Brownlee

Today is February the 29th. As a quirk of the calendar, it has become the subject of a number of traditions, one being that it provides a day on which women can propose to men, rather than the other way around. It is said to have originate in fifth-century Ireland, when St Brigid struck a […]

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  STARTING FROM SCRATCH: LOTTERY CASH AND CONFLICT  

Published on 28 February, 2024 | Martin Loxley

“Money”, it has been said, “can’t buy you happiness”. The validity of that statement, I believe, depends on individual circumstances rather than being a universal truth. I also don’t think that it’s uppermost in the mind of the millions of people who buy lottery tickets and scratchcards each week. One couple – or, should I […]

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  APPOINTMENTS MEAN PRIZES AS HALL BROWN CLAIMS SHEFFIELD AWARD  

Published on 27 February, 2024 | Melanie Hadwin

Strength in depth and an increase in casework has helped Hall Brown Family Law’s Sheffield team win a prestigious regional legal award. The office held off challenges from rival practices across a number of different specialisms to be named as Niche Firm of the Year in the Sheffield and District Law Society annual awards. The […]

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