How we support our family law consultants

We understand that making the move from a traditional firm set-up to becoming a self-employed consultant is a big step. As well as being excited about working in a different, more flexible and rewarding way, you may be concerned about leaving some of the comforts behind. When signing up to become a Consultant with Family

Non-biological mother wins international child abduction appeal

Last year saw the Supreme Court making a ruling that the decision of a child’s biological mother to remove the child to Pakistan, without the non-biological mother’s consent, did not cause the child to lose her English habitual residence, and therefore the English court retained full jurisdiction to make decisions about the child’s welfare. Why

New Powers Proposed to Make Family Financial Settlements Effective

The problem of making family financial settlements or court rulings in divorce ‘stick’ is well known. Following an extensive consultation process, the Law Commission has made proposals designed to improve the situation for those affected when payments are not being made as they should. As well as simplifications in the law and procedures, the

Settlement conferences – a knight in shining armour?

Do you have clients who are locked in a bitter court battle over the arrangements for their children? Are you looking for a more constructive way forward, within the court system, without having to put your client through the stress of a fully contested trial? If so, help could be at hand. Pilot: settlement conferences

Foreign Pension, holiday home? Nothing is excluded on divorce

Foreign Pension, holiday home? Nothing is excluded on divorce. If you are getting divorced in England and Wales, you may be tempted to think that foreign assets –  i.e. those held outside the jurisdiction –  are excluded from consideration when it comes to sorting out finances. This is untrue. On divorce, spouses and civil partners

Innovation: 10 million reasons to give a damn

I have previously written about the desire of Family Law Partners to push the boundaries of innovation and legal practice. I described it in terms akin to “desire” and “obsession” that suggest a clinical condition rather than a business development objective. There is much hype, even within the quiet corridors of lawyers’ practices about innovation

Court Orders Must Be Obeyed – But Caring Pensioner Was Wrongly Jailed

Disobeying court orders is ultimately punishable by imprisonment – but only as a last resort. In the context of a family case, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a woman in her 70s, who honestly believed that she was doing her best for a vulnerable man with dementia, should not have spent seven weeks