Article Tag: family disputes

New legislation to protect domestic violence victims.

In June 2014 a new legislation was introduced to enable the police and magistrates court to provide protection to victims following a domestic violence incident. Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) can be used to provide immediate protection to a victim where there is not enough evidence to charge an alleged perpetrator. These orders provide protection… Read more »

Dinner Darling?

A recent case, BE v DE [2014], has found that a dinner date between a husband and wife was just that, a dinner date. Whilst at the restaurant the husband produced an agreement during court proceedings several months later, he argued that the date had been ‘without prejudice’ and so could not be referred to… Read more »

Kramer v Kramer or Tibbles v Tibbles?

Surprising though it may be to many pet lovers, there is no specific law in England to assist with what happens to pets in a matrimonial break up and disputes are more common than you may think. Many people treat their pets as family members and disputes over pet ownership can be every bit as… Read more »

Disputes concerning children: removal of legal aid

A recent report has shown that the removal of legal aid for disputes concerning children has had a direct effect upon the justice system with a significant rise in the number of people acting without legal representation, known as ‘Litigants in Person’. This has created an adverse impact upon the courts’ administration and efficiency, and… Read more »

I do, I do, I do!

We all hope to be able to find the one, get married and settle down! However, sometimes when we don’t get it right the first time, our happily ever after is given a second or even a third chance, if we’re lucky that is. In those cases there are usually children involved and it is… Read more »

Let’s go Dutch! Expert report fees in family disputes

The Supreme Court has made a difficult decision about who should pay the cost of an expert witness in proceedings about children. In order to make a decision about a child’s life and what is in that child’s best interests, the court sometimes requires an expert to provide their opinion in a report. Reports can… Read more »