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The husband, his wife and his sex worker: sharing the marital pot

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 30 Nov, 2017

In the context of the present discussion about reform of cohabitation law, a case decided by the Australian Court of Appeal provides a salutary lesson of problems which can arise.

Unregistered marriages – time to register calls for law reform?

by Fatimah Basama / 29 Nov, 2017

Planning a dream wedding can be hugely stressful at the best of times. At the worst of times, however, the dream can turn to a nightmare for some Muslim women who may later realise that their marriage is not recognised as valid under English law.

Creation of new international child abduction lawyers association in Italy

by Helen Blackburn / 27 Nov, 2017

Partner Helen Blackburn reports on the inaugural conference in Rome. ICALI, the newly established organisation for International Child Abduction Lawyers in Italy, held its inaugural conference in Rome on 23 November 2017.

Domestic Abuse: Protecting Children in the Family Court

by Emma Nash / 14 Nov, 2017

On 2 October 2017, an amended practice direction came into force in the family courts: Practice Direction 12J Child Arrangements and Contact Orders: Domestic Abuse and Harm (PD12J).

I spy a rare white leopard – sharing non-matrimonial assets on divorce

by Stuart Clark / 01 Nov, 2017

Inspired by a recent Halloween costume party where my colleague Emma Nash and I dressed as that rarest of things, a white leopard, I present here a short guide to how English law treats what is known as “non-matrimonial property” on divorce.

Are covert recordings starting to ‘bug’ the Court?

by Helen Blackburn / 01 Nov, 2017

Covert recordings are now an increasingly common feature of family law proceedings.