The number of civil partnerships has risen for the first time since the law allowing for same-sex marriages came into force three years ago. Some feel that the new rise may place more pressure on ministers to allow heterosexual couples to also enter into a civil partnership.

The Times, Page: 23

Posted 27/09/2017


Courts have begun using contempt laws to jail parents who abduct their children and take them abroad. In the most recent case Mohammed el-Zubaidy was jailed for a year after failing to return his two daughters from Libya in defiance of four High Court orders. Mr Justice Moor said that he was guilty of “wilful and sustained contempt and deliberate concealment of the children since March”. In 2015, 21 cases of parental child abduction were prosecuted, resulting in 17 convictions.

The Times  

Posted 02/09/2017


A woman can get rid of her child’s middle name because of its “association with a notorious public figure”, a judge has ruled. The mother argued the name, which cannot be known for legal reasons, was “infected with bad connotations”. The father had objected to the change as he preferred the middle name, but a family court ruled it could be dropped.

BBC News   The Times, Page: 16   Daily Star, Page: 14

Posted 17/08/2017


A woman who was refused a divorce from her millionaire husband is taking her fight to the Supreme Court. Tini Owens 66, is arguing that she should not have to prove “unreasonable” behaviour to end her 37-year marriage to Hugh Owens, 78, which broke down after she had an affair several years ago. Judge Robin Tolson QC refused her petition last year, ruling that her husband’s constant berating about her infidelity was to be “expected in a marriage”.

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 9   The Sun, Page: 7

Posted 15/08/2017


Lawyers are warning that a new “DIY” divorce form which includes a dedicated section for a petitioner to name the person their partner committed adultery with could lead to many more people receiving documents telling them they have been accused of adultery. Laura Guillon, an associate at Hall Brown, said: “The idea is to try and make the process more user-friendly, because the court is inundated with people representing themselves. Without the benefit of advice, we could get more people naming co-respondents, because they don’t understand that they don’t have to.”

The Daily Telegraph, Page: 1   The Sun, Page: 15

Posted 11/08/2017

A woman has won a landmark appeal to be entitled to a bigger payout from her husband’s pension after their divorce. Lawyers say the Supreme Court ruling could overhaul the way pensions are divided between a divorcing couple. Annie McDonald argued that, although her ex-husband had only paid into the pension for a few months after they wed, she was entitled to a share of the entire pot as it was “matrimonial property”. The ruling now means instead of a pot £10,000 she will receive a share of £130,000.

The Herald, Page: 9

Posted 28/07/2017



The Guardian’s Owen Bowcott interviews John Walker, who last week won an 11-year legal fight to ensure his male partner will be entitled to a spouse’s pension. In a unanimous decision, five Supreme Court justices declared that EU equal employment rights trumped English exceptionalism. However, Brexit has cast doubt over the outcome of any future cases. Emma Norton of Liberty warns: “John’s victory came under EU law and we still have no formal commitment from the government that this and the many other equalities we’ve gained from our membership will be protected in UK law after withdrawal”.

The Guardian

Posted 18/07/2017


A report by Gingerbread, the charity for single-parent families, has detailed some of the ploys used by wealthy fathers who have separated from their wives to hide their assets to avoid paying more towards their children’s upbringing. Tricks include “front” companies, paying their new partner a salary from their business, assigning a shareholding to other family members or giving themselves benefits in kind or large pension contributions.

The Times, Page: 13

Posted 26/06/2017

Abusive or neglectful parents who attempt to escape prosecution for child cruelty by blaming each other will face tougher punishments in future. The aggravating factor has been included in proposed guidelines published by the Sentencing Council today. Analysis of court transcripts found shirking responsibility to avoid prosecution is a common tactic.

The Times, Page: 14   The Sun, Page: 21

Posted 13/06/2017