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Family courts in England and Wales are increasingly dealing with international family law cases – much more so than even just a few years ago – indeed there is every likelihood that Brexit will increase the amount of litigation in England and Wales.
Resolution held a roundtable discussion to consider the possible implications for family law practitioners of the UK exiting from the EU without a deal.
Ruth Hare, Director of Reach Psychology Ltd and Associate Member of Resolution reveals how her personal experience of collaborative divorce led to an interest in lawyer well-being, revealed a new community of practice and led her career in an unexpected direction.
Nick Wyn-Williams, Partner at Rees Page who represented Ruth’s ex-husband, reflects on being part of ‘team Hare’, and his insights from having a mirror held up to the collaborative process by a psychologist.
As dispute resolution practitioners, we constantly find ourselves navigating private aspects of human relationships and emotions. An experienced family lawyer and mediator confided in me that she did not feel competent in handling the emotional aspects of disputes. As a psychologist, I often feel equally inadequate in dealing with the legal elements of family disputes. Our individual experiences with collaborative practice revealed how an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to dispute resolution can be mutually beneficial to our practice while also improving the quality of service for our clients.
Resolution’s response to the Domestic Abuse Working Group of the Family Justice Council.
In this podcast, Ian Hawkins, Mary Waring, and Phil O'Connor discuss the many benefits that can be obtained from including a financial neutral within a collaborative meeting.
Public Sector Pensions have changed over the years, meaning that we now have a number of different sections within each scheme. This can make it confusing when it comes to trying to negotiate a settlement for Pension Sharing.
For example, it is not always obvious at what age a pension credit will be paid and if there are a number of sections to a scheme, will one Annex share them all?
In this article, we take a closer look at the Unfunded Public Sector Schemes – these are the ones that do not have a pot of money behind them, so a Pension Sharing ex-spouse is offered internal membership, rather than an external transfer out.
As with most areas of contentious law, having to instruct a criminal or family lawyer is seldom a happy process for the client. Unfortunately, the nature of relationship breakdown means that all too often family proceedings result in the need for criminal advice. On occasion, it is the criminal proceedings that lead to family law problems.
Draft legislation has been released which will impact divorcing or separating couples who are disposing of their main residence and/or transferring ownership to their former spouse or civil partner.
In this article for The Review Alison Palmer examines how the new rules will in most cases result in additional capital gains tax (CGT) by reducing the reliefs available. Some practical examples illustrate how the timing of transactions can have a significant impact on the resulting tax liability. As always, timing and detail are all-important in maximising the relief available, so professional tax-planning advice can be exceptionally valuable in such cases.
Moher v Moher provides a useful round up of how the courts should approach non-disclosure, as well as some thoughts on the interaction of an order to make periodical payments with the grant of a get.
The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) works for the more than one in four children growing up in poverty. This article for the Review takes a look at their work.
The ability to benefit from an ex-spouse’s superior national insurance (NI) contribution history on divorce, at no cost to either party, is one of the least-understood areas of pensions on divorce. Yet it can literally be life-changing for lower earners, and it takes only a matter of minutes to explain to clients. This article for The Review explores the issues of this topic.
Find out more about the LAA's work to reduce the amount of bills rejected.
Apply is a new digital service which will be replacing CCMS when making applications for legal aid.
Resolution has published its response to the President of the Family Division's report on medical expert witnesses in the family courts.
An update in The Review on the parenting workshops and outreach programmes run by Kids Come First.
Must the judge who was present at the FDR hearing be disqualified from considering those points? This was the question that needed to be determined in the recent High Court case of Shokrollah-Babaee v Shokrollah-Babaee. Austin Chessell reports for The Review.
Alex Laing and Greg Williams report on The Court of Appeal judgment on Inheritance Act claims out of time for The Review.
In this article from The Review Edward Cooke analyses the activity of the private children law working group put together by the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane.
Natalie Gamble and Kelly Blaxall examine the recent ruling of the President of the Family Division in Re TT  EWHC 2384 and its significance one for transgender and non-binary parents who conceive children after transitioning in this article from The Review.
In this article for The Review Graeme Fraser reports back on the Dispute Resolution Conference family justice Question Time from the DR Conference 2019
In this article for The Review Gemma Hope reports back on the "Using words well: how we can find solutions through language" workshop from the DR Conference 2019