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With the outbreak of Covid-19 many of you will not be at your offices to receive your printed copy of The Review but help is at hand. For every issue we will be publishing the articles here in the Knowledge and Resources section of our website as well as the pdf of the printed version.
We bring together a selection of digital resources and learning materials that can be accessed to learn at home.
This guidance for Family and County Court Judges through the COVID-19 pandemic was issued by the Judiciary of England and Wales on 23 March 2020.
During this time of special arrangements for everyone due to the Coronavirus outbreak we are aware that all our members are doing their upmost to continue to serve the needs of clients.
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.
The president of the family division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued the following guidance which should be followed with immediate effect by all levels of the Family Court and in the High Court Family Division.
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.
Adele Ballantyne, Director of Eleda Consultancy and Marcie Shaoul Director of Rolling Stone Coaching have come together to talk about how to effectively build online relationships with clients.
The family is not just heteronormative (straight couples) and likely never was. The existence of alternative families is more mainstream and accounts for more than 5% of the population and there will be locations in the UK e.g. Brighton, Manchester and London where that percentage is much higher. This Guidance Note is a resource for members to help increase the understanding of these issues.
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.
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.
Hannah Saxe (Irwin Mitchell) and Richard Adams (Starke & Co) from Resolution's Cohabitation Committee discuss how to draft cohabitation agreements using Resolution's tools and resources.
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