Marriage & Civil partnership

Fact-finding hearings in the health and social context

Laura Davidson considers the need for fact-finding in mental health cases, which was explored for the first time recently in AM v Partnerships i

23 Feb 2016

Government-backed scheme helps separated parents reach settlements

Chief executive of mediation service encourages ministers to 'learn from and extend' th

19 Feb 2016

Mediation matters in family disputes

Carla Ditz looks at the current perceptions of mediation and why it remains largely unrecognised and perhaps underappreciated by couples as a means to resolv

16 Feb 2016

Abduction and the court’s powers to determine habitual residence

Re B in the Supreme Court highlights the complications that arise when abduction is to a foreign jurisdiction, and where same-sex couples are concerned, writes Hett

16 Feb 2016

Common law marriage is the 
stuff of fairy tales

Kate Johnson goes over the cold hard facts that endanger cohabiting couples'

04 Feb 2016

Supreme Court grants shared residence for left behind mother

Humane and modern judgment is of huge practical significance, says intervene

04 Feb 2016

Where was the government in Kerrie Backhouse’s case?

As every lawyer in the land will confirm, the law can be a slow moving beast, sometimes taking many decades to catch up with changing social realities. Witness the rapid rise of cohabitation ove

12 Jan 2016

Searching for clarity in the family courts

The differing opinions of senior judges on matters such as the privacy of proceedings mean family practitioners can struggle to accurately advise clients, explains Ale

22 Dec 2015

Restrictive and outdated marriage law in need of reform

A modern law should allow for greater choice while also guard against sha

17 Dec 2015