Can a father stop a mother taking a child on holiday?

With many schools now closed for the February half-term break, those parents with children of school age may well have already made plans to go abroad on holiday or will be thinking ahead about making such plans to go abroad later, say for Easter or in the summer.  For many parents who might then also

Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme – What Next?

Often, in private proceedings concerning child arrangements under the Children Act 1989, persons found to have been the perpetrators of domestic abuse and or violence may be required to undertake domestic abuse and violence work and often that would have resulted in individuals being directed to undertake a “Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (DAPP)”, the purposes

Fact-Finding Hearing – When are they now required?

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, more recently invited Lady Justice Macur to form a small group with the task of producing short, clear and practical guidance for judges and magistrates to consider when looking at the issue of whether to hold a fact-finding hearing in private law children proceedings in the

Can a Parent be made to pay for contact at a Contact centre?

In the recent case of Griffiths v Griffiths (Guidance on Contact Costs) [2022] EWHC 113 (Fam), the issue of how future supervised face to face contact in a contact centre setting might be paid for arose as an issue and Arbuthnot J had to consider the question on appeal. Briefly, the parents in the case

Avoiding Easter and Summer Holiday Contact Issues – How to Make it Work

With Easter now only a number of weeks away and with more countries allowing families to enter without undue restriction or prohibition, serious consideration is being given once more to jetting off abroad for an Easter or Summer Holiday break, and the potential of holiday contact issues. For many parents who might be separated such

At Last – “No Fault Divorce” from 6th April 2022

From 6th April, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will significantly reform the law on divorce, dissolution and separation in England and Wales. For the first time, the law introduces the option of having a “no-fault divorce” and without doubt, it is the most significant change to divorce law in over half a century.

Cost of Living Crisis and Maintenance Payments – Can a change be sought after?

With it being widely now reported that the average energy bill for households will rise by an average of £693 a year following a 54% increase on the current price cap in force and interest rate rises impacting on future mortgage payments, many people will be looking at how best they can maximise their income

New Statement of Information for a Consent Order form issued- D81

A new D81 form (Statement of information for a Consent Order in relation to a Financial Remedy) has now been issued by HM Court and Tribunal Service that is required to be used with immediate effect. If you have used the earlier version of that Form (version April 2012) the Financial Remedies Court will continue