Marriage & Civil partnership

Law Commission proposes litigant-friendly divorce reforms

Law reform body recommends introduction of financial needs guidance and 'qualifying' prenups

Mixed messages

The search for answers continues in the family court system, says Marilyn Stowe

Therapy, not mediation, can help warring couples

Instead of blindly pushing divorcing couples towards mediation, the government should consider making more resources available for counselling, says Marilyn Stowe

Courts must approve family arbitration awards except in ‘rarest of cases’

President of family division calls for streamlined process to be introduced

Terms are the same however we sugar coat them

Solicitors and law practitioners learn through experience what trigger words to avoid, or at least to be careful with, when dealing with anxious and sometimes volatile clients.

Children law update

How 'extreme' must the circumstances be to justify adoption rather than long-term ?foster care, asks Noel Arnold as he reviews the Supreme Court's ruling in Re B and subsequent cases

The multiple benefits of arbitration outweigh by far the additional costs

Hiring an arbitrator to deal with family disputes is a strategic 
move which puts the client first, says Tony Roe