What a year 2014 has been for family law. We have
hardly had chance to take it all in, with the tidal wave of reforms in April
and thereafter the constant trickle of working group reports, draft standard
orders and guidance. With so much
happening, Family Law has had a lot to cover. Here is our run-down of the top
10 articles across the year.
The fourth article in our PSL series of essential updates
gave family law professionals a neat summary of the need-to-know points
regarding the Children and Families Act 2014 in readiness for 22 April 2014.
Outlining the changes to both public and private children proceedings, the ways
in which the Children Act 1989 was amended, the implications on procedure and the
initial must-read sections of the Act; this essential update was our most popular article of 2014.
This article gave the background to the appeals and
contained the full judgment of the Supreme Court verdict in the Cheshire West
case and was unsurprisingly popular considering the wide reaching ambit and
consequences for practitioners dealing with potential deprivation of liberty
matters. The appeals concerned the criteria for judging whether the living
arrangements made for a mentally incapacitated person amounted to a deprivation
In their fourth year, the Family Law Awards had Sir Paul
Coleridge at the helm and was a night of celebration, acknowledgment and
gratitude for all those directly involved with, and in support of, the
profession. Hundreds of people attended The Brewery in the heart of
London to commend the
shortlisted nominees and rejoice with the winners.
Some time ago the President explained his concern about the
amount of time and money wasted in the process of drafting orders which could
be standardised. Mostyn J’s drafting group has been busy ever since and has
provided a comprehensive set of orders, ranging from reporting restrictions to
abduction to freezing orders. This article contains a link to our Family Orders
page which draws together all the draft orders released to date in one handy
With only three working days to spare until the single
Family Court became a reality, this article gave an in-depth summary of the key
changes that were to take place on 22 April 2014. It explained all about the
Family Court, what it was, where it was, who the judges were, case allocation,
court powers, the shortened financial remedy procedure, changes to the Family
Procedure Rules 2010, transitional provisions…you name it.
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