Child Concern receives £500 donation from AlphaBiolabs Giving Back campaign
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***SPONSORED CONTENT*** Leading drug, alcohol and DNA testing laboratory, AlphaBiolabs, has made a £500 donation to North West charity Child Concern as part of its Giving Back campaign. For every testing instruction AlphaBiolabs receives from family law and social work professionals, the company enters the name of the customer into a bimonthly charity draw. The randomly selected customer can then nominate a charity of their choice to receive a £500 donation.  ..read more
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Take our Family Law journal survey and you could win £50 of vouchers!
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1w ago
Do you subscribe to Family Law journal? Our aim is to provide all subscribers of Family Law with compelling, insightful and helpful content that you enjoy reading and find useful in your practice.  We'd love to hear your thoughts on what works and what you'd like to see more of! Please take our short survey to let us know your views on your favourite sections, what you read most and how we can improve the journal for you here ..read more
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Family Law Awards 2024 launches: enter now
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1w ago
The Family Law Awards 2024 is now open for entries! You can enter here. The awards will be held on Wednesday 20 November 2024, and are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate your successes as family law practitioners, in a glittering new larger venue, the Park Plaza Hotel at Westminster.  The categories can all be found here ..read more
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A seismic change in ethos and practice
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3w ago
Caroline Bowden, a member of the Private Family Law Early Resolution Working Group which first examined what changes were needed, looks at the effect of the revised rules on everyone working in family law, both in and out of court. Why change the existing FPR? It has been there for years: the court’s requirement in Part 3 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR) to consider whether non-court dispute resolution (NCDR) is appropriate at every stage.  Specifically, the court had a duty to take into account: whether a mediation, information and assessment meeting (‘Miam’) took place, or wh ..read more
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Debunking the myth about sensitivity in drug and alcohol testing
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3w ago
*** SPONSORED CONTENT*** With all the news about deep fakes, authentication and transparency in the news at the moment, Cansford Laboratories Reporting Scientist Jayne Hazon has examined a recent laboratory claim about sensitivity and the myths surrounding it, relating to drug and alcohol testing. Jayne hopes the blog post will offer a greater understanding for Lexis Nexis readers about the realities of drug and alcohol testing – and aid ongoing CPD and learning. She begins in the blog by explaining the basic terms and concepts used in drug testing, and provides an understanding of how small t ..read more
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Obligations and responsibilities – the mosquito in the bedroom
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1M ago
Stephen Wildblood KC, 3PB Barristers Luke Nelson, 3PB Barristers Whatever happened to ‘obligations and responsibilities’ in s 25(2) MCA 1973?  Why is it that all of the other words in the subsection have been picked over for years, whilst those three words have fallen off the radar? Does ignoring them lead to the economically weaker party being treated unfairly? Are they just verbiage? We think not. The words have a meaning that does not overlap with other factors in the subsection. They were put there by statute. The statute says that the court ‘shall have particular regard’ to the matt ..read more
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A rare order for a child in utero
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1M ago
Mary Welstead, CAP Fellow Harvard Law School; Visiting Professor in Family law University of Buckingham In 2023, Kettering NHS Trust applied for an anticipatory declaration for a child in utero to be treated with anti-retroviral medication immediately after birth. The respondent, a Romanian woman, was in hospital awaiting the imminent birth of the child. The woman had been opposed to medication of her child but had finally agreed to its administration. Nevertheless, Hayden J granted the application in case she changed her mind again. Hayden J emphasised that his pessimism was n ..read more
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Stranded spouses: an overview
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1M ago
Mani Singh Basi, Barrister, 4PB, author of A Practical Guide to Stranded Spouses in Family Law Proceedings This article provides an overview of the issues that often arise in cases relating to transnational marriage abandonment. In particular, the practical issues that practitioners must consider in these types of cases is considered within the article, specifically when PD12J FPR 2010 is engaged as well as the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.     The full article has published in the April issue of Family Law.  Find out more or request ..read more
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Now is the time to reassess presumption f parental involvement in cases involving domestic abuse
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1M ago
Lea Levine, Paralegal at Stewarts and former independent domestic violence advisor In this article, paralegal and former independent domestic violence advisor (“IDVA”) Lea Levine considers the potential damage the presumption of parental involvement can have in children proceedings that involve allegations of abuse (and specifically coercive and controlling behaviour) by one parent towards the other. The article addresses the dangers of a ‘pro-contact’ culture within the English legal system, and the risk of exposing children to an abusive parent. In considering the negative impact that ..read more
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Hadkinson orders – applicability in financial remedy proceedings
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1M ago
Hassan Sarwar, Cornwall Street Barristers Hassan Sarwar considers the development and usage of Hadkinson Orders in financial remedy proceedings.  The article provides a helpful overview of a tool that can be employed by representatives against a wilfully non-compliant litigant.  He examines the history of the order, how it has evolved through the implementation of Article 6 ECHR by the Human Rights Act 1998, and examples through reported decisions of how orders can be used in financial remedy proceedings.  Finally, there is an analysis of the procedure in applying ..read more
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