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Single parent surrogacy

The government has finally sent a draft remedial order to Parliament to change the law on surrogacy to enable single parents to be able to obtain legal recognition for their families in the same way as couples can currently do. As the law stands at the moment it is not open to the court to

The voice of the child in court proceedings

We are often faced with questions from clients in the midst of court proceedings relating to their children about how their children’s views will be accounted for and how they can help them understand the decisions being made about them. There has recently been much debate about the extent to which children should be involved

Cohabiting couples and property rights

  Statistics show that the number of couples who are choosing to live together without getting married or entering into a civil partnership is increasing. For the purpose of this blog, I will use the phrase cohabiting couple to mean a couple who live together but are not married or in a civil partnership. What

Unmarried parents – legal rights (Part two)

    47.6% of children born in the UK in 2016 were born outside marriage or civil partnership (Office for National Statistics statistical bulletin 19th July 2017), yet many unmarried parents do not understand the implication that this has on their legal relationship with their child or their financial obligations. In part one of this

Unmarried parents – legal rights  (Part one)

  47.6% of children born in the UK in 2016 were born outside marriage or civil partnership (Office for National Statistics statistical bulletin 19th July 2017), yet many unmarried parents do not understand the implication that this has on their legal relationship with their child or their financial obligations. Today we will consider unmarried parents’ legal

Family Law Partners & IBM – a case-study in innovation

Global tech powerhouse IBM has published a case-study detailing Family Law Partners’ use of its data-analytics platform IBM Watson. Published online, the case study showcases the innovative approach to data analytics that Family Law Partners has taken to help clients decide which resolution method best suits their unique circumstances. The firm see innovation in technology

Surrogacy and family law (part two)

What is a parental order? Following the birth of a child born to a surrogate mother, the usual course of action is for the intended parents to apply for a parental order (sometimes called a ‘parenting order’). A parental order is a set of legal orders made by the court about parenting arrangements for a