The Family Law newsletter provides you with all the latest news, judgments, articles and guidance to ensure you are up to date with the latest developments and their impact on practice.
Family Law Panel awarded specialist support and investment 11 March 2016 The Family Law Panel, a nationwide consortium of experts dedicated to supporting families in navigating the legal process, has been awarded a specialist social venture investment to help it grow and release its full potential.
NR v AB  EWHC 277 (Fam): A licence made sense Gwyn Evans – @GwynforLaw 14 March 2016 If a matrimonial home is owned by a limited company, shares in which are held - and financing for which was provided – by a spouse together with his wider family, can the ownership of such a matrimonial home (and of other property similarly held) be construed as a nuptial settlement capable of variation under s 24(1)(c), Matrimonial Causes Act 1973? Sleepless nights reporting the family courts Louise Tickle – @louisetickle 14 March 2016 Annie Bertram had her newborn baby taken into care shortly after care orders had been granted on two of her other children. I heard Annie speak last year about her fight to get her baby back at the Transparency Project conference in June last year, and immediately I knew I wanted to write about what she and her family had been through. But care proceedings are held in private: publishing details is usually a contempt. This article explains how, with pro-bono support from barristers Lucy Reed and Sarah Phillimore, I went to court to argue for the right to tell Annie's story. Lay advisers are the lawyers of the future – let's support them Natasha Phillips – @SobukiRa 14 March 2016 Lay advisers have historically been met with suspicion and sometimes hostility inside the Family Court, but the judiciary's latest Consultation on McKenzie Friends examining their status and place inside the system is the perfect opportunity to embrace this new form of assistance, and to acknowledge the part it is playing in shaping the future of family law.
Publicity and Poppi Worthington David Burrows – @dbfamilylaw 10 March 2016 Re W (Children)  EWCA Civ 113 is an appeal against aspects of a reporting restrictions order made by Peter Jackson J in relation to a renewed fact-finding hearing in relation to his earlier findings as to the death and injuries prior to death of Poppi Worthington. That re-hearing is published as F v Cumbria County Council and M (Fact-Finding No. 2)  EWHC 14 (Fam).
Reveal yourself: a human behind the suit Laura Naser – @Laura_Naser 10 March 2016 Nowadays most people are familiar with using social media in their personal lives, and we are all warned about making sure our privacy settings protect our private lives from unwanted eyes.
What next for 'stepped' periodical payments orders? Olivia Murphy 09 March 2016 The Court of Appeal recently decided a discreet argument regarding periodical payments orders in the case of Aburn v Aburn  EWCA Civ 72 (FLR forthcoming). So, what are the implications for automatic variations in periodical payments?
Pension sharing on divorce and annuities: experts' review 09 March 2016 When new pension freedom rules were introduced in April 2015 there was much speculation in the financial press and media that pensions could simply be treated as bank accounts. Whilst this has proved to be an oversimplification in terms of the products available and the tax consequences of large withdrawals, there are some circumstances where the capital value may be more relevant than the potential pension income.
Bury St Edmunds Divorce Centre 8 months on - the fastest administrative Family Court? Stuart Clark 07 March 2016 It has been just over 8 months since the majority of the administration of divorce suits was passed from the Central Family Court and other courts in London and the South East to the Bury St Edmunds Divorce Centre as part of the centralisation of divorce administration in England and Wales to 11 regional Divorce Centres.