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Category Archives: Family Law

Government rejects recommendation to scrap divorce fee rise

On 21 March 2016 the fee to petition for a divorce rose to £550 from £410.  The fee increase was strongly opposed by family lawyers who were concerned that this rise would make petitioning for a divorce prohibitively expensive for some clients.  What made the increase even more concerning was the fact that it was…
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President of Family Division warns of Court crisis over care cases

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division has warned that the Court faces a “clear and imminent crisis” due to the sharp increase in the number of care cases they are handling. His concern comes following figures released by Cafcass which shows a significant rise in the number of care cases in the Family…
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Victims urged to use new coercive control laws

Despite coercive control recently becoming a criminal offence in England and Wales, latest police data shows that only 3 forces – Kent, Hertfordshire and Norfolk, have 10 or more prosecutions under this offence between December 2015 and June 2016.  This information was revealed under the Freedom of Information Act following a request from Simpson Millar…
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Figures show marriage on the decline as cohabitation increases

The most recent figures release by the office of National Statistics show that 50.6 of the population aged 16 and over in England and Wales were married in 2015 (this is around 23.8 million people.  This is a fall in the 2002 figure of 54.8%. The figures showed that there was an increase in single…
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Local Authorities in support for 26 week time limit in care proceedings

A recent report from the Department of Education which looked at care applications in 21 local authorities (LAs) found that there is strong support for the 26 week timeframe for completing care proceedings. The report did find that some Local Authorities were failing to meet the timeframe but overall there was a reduction in the…
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Justice Select Committee finds divorce fee increase “unjustified”

A New Justice Select Committee (JSC) report published on 20 June 2016 has criticised the increase in Court and tribunal fees in many cases.  However, the report was particularly critical of the increase in divorce petition costs labelling them as “effectively a divorce tax”. The government had originally been proposing to raise the fee for…
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