Family Law

  • The suitability of ‘Indirect Contact’ Orders

    The suitability of ‘Indirect Contact’ Orders

    Indirect Contact Orders are formally known as Child Arrangement Orders in broad terms. We use the term Indirect Contact Order in this article for ease of reference. A recent case - Re K (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 99 in the Court of… Read More

  • What is a ‘Finding of Fact’ in a children case?

    What is a ‘Finding of Fact’ in a children case?

    A recent news story has revealed that the father of a child has been judged to have committed sexual abuse on his young daughter shortly before her death; despite there having been no criminal proceedings brought against him and despite him… Read More

  • Divorce Day: Where to start

    Divorce Day: Where to start

    As many head back to work this week after the Christmas and New Year break the first Monday of the first working week has been labelled by the media as Divorce Day for some years the day when enquiries about divorce are said to be at their… Read More

  • Divorcees win Supreme Court battle

    Divorcees win Supreme Court battle

    Two ex-wives have successfully won the right to re-negotiate their divorce settlements. Ms Sharland and Mrs Gohil both found out, some years after divorce, that their husbands had lied about their wealth. Ms Sharland divorced in 2010.… Read More

  • What is family mediation?

    What is family mediation?

    According to recent statistics on legal aid this year, family mediation cases are on the increase, with 64% of all mediation outcomes resulting in a successful agreement. This is good news in an era where more and more people are going… Read More

  • Parental Orders – Key Facts

    Parental Orders – Key Facts

    In the recent case of Sir James Munby, the president of the Family Division, dismissed an application by a father for a Parental Order solely in his favour in respect of a child born by surrogacy. The application was dismissed on… Read More

  • Legal 500 hat-trick for THIRD year running

    Legal 500 hat-trick for THIRD year running

    Leeds-based law firm Emsleys Solicitors is celebrating after being ‘recommended’ in three categories in the prestigious league table of national law firms: the Legal 500, for the third year running. This year also sees Emsleys feature a… Read More

  • Without Prejudice - Same Sex Families

    Without Prejudice - Same Sex Families

    In recent months we've witnessed various stories come to light regarding same sex families and equal rights. Earlier this year, Ireland voted YES to same sex marriage, and not long after the U.S. followed. Both decisions were met with… Read More

  • What does Shared Care actually mean?

    What does Shared Care actually mean?

    The Children and Families Act came into effect in 2014. It emphasizes that both parents of children have equal status as parents following the breakdown of their relationship with one another. The Act was felt by some likely to lead to an… Read More