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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

Don’t forget the pension! – Thousands risk pension poverty after Divorce

New research from Aviva suggests that 15% of divorced people did not realise that their pensions after divorce could be impacted by getting divorced. More than a third (34%) made no claim on their former partner’s pension so that it was not included as an asset in the settlement when they did divorce. Almost one

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

Parliamentary inquiry to examine access to legal aid for kinship carers

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kinship Care has launched an inquiry into access to legal aid for kinship carers and potential kinship carers. Currently, many grandparents, brothers, sisters and other relatives or friends who are put forward as alternative carers for children involved in public law proceedings are not readily able to access free,

Contact Arrangements and Covid 19 – Advice for Parents and Carers

From Monday 17 January 2022, the 10-day self-isolation period for people who have tested positive for Covid-19 has now been reduced to 5 full days in most cases. It is known that two-thirds of people are not infectious after five dull days of isolation and so the new self-isolation changes enable more people to return