Proposals for reform to weddings law

The Law Commission has launched a consultation on provisional proposals to reform the law governing how and where couples can get married. The consultation period will run until 3 December 2020. The provisional proposals for reform are: • to allow weddings to take place outdoors, for example on beaches, in parks, in private gardens and…

Face coverings in Court and beyond

From Monday 27 July, HM Courts and Tribunal Services is asking all court and tribunal users to wear a face covering in the public areas of its buildings in England. Court rooms will continue to be covered by the current government guidance, which states that court users may wear face coverings whilst in the court room.…

What is an Infant Approval Hearing?

An infant approval hearing is sometimes referred to as a Damages Approval Hearing and takes place after settlement has been reached in respect of a child’s damages (compensation) following a personal injury claim. Unlike in an adult’s personal injury compensation claim, it is not enough for the Claimant to simply accept a settlement amount and…

Child contact as England emerges from lockdown

From 1st June 2020 lockdown in England has been eased considerably with many children returning to schools and families and friends allowed to meet in groups of up to six provided that they observe social distancing rules when outside. There was much confusion at the start of lockdown back in March, when government ministers appeared…

Domestic violence

Court Protection from domestic violence; – Non-molestation orders and occupation orders. There have been many recent reports in the press about the increase in domestic violence that has occurred as a result of the pandemic. If you are a victim of domestic violence you can apply to the court for an “injunction” to protect you…

Family court hearings during Covid19

Certain family proceedings should not be conducted remotely said the President of the Family Division after intervening in a case involving a young girl living ‘in limbo.’ Proceedings in the case of Re P (A Child: Remote Hearing) began a year ago. The Local Authority said the girl suffered significant harm as a result of…

Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP)

Separated Parents Information Programme- What is it and do I have to attend? The Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP) is a course which helps you understand how to put your children first whilst you are separating, even though you may be in dispute with your child’s other parent. The programme is designed to help separated…

Beware-the remarriage trap

The Remarriage Trap The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 sets out the rights of a spouse to seek a share of the matrimonial assets and maintenance. Buried deep within this legislation is the ‘remarriage trap’. Put simply, if you divorce and then remarry without first having made a claim for a financial order in the divorce…