This article aims to provide a practical guide to the new “gross income scheme” for child maintenance. The new scheme
The Father appealed on the basis that the Court should not have accepted the daughter’s assertions that she wanted contact and the litigation to stop as being a true indication of her wishes and feelings, and that the court should not have abdicated its responsibility to make orders but should have placed the daughter’s welfare as its paramount consideration because she would plainly have benefited from paternal contact. The second limb of the appeal was based on the father’s assertion that the family justice system as a whole had failed to meet its duty to afford paramount consideration to the daughter’s welfare.
This case has spanned over 12 years and in that time there have been over 100 court hearings. At least 7 Judges have been involved in the case and over 10 CAFCASS Officers. The father was described as unimpeachable and no adverse findings of fact were made against him. The mother was labelled as implacably hostile to contact. The evidence indicated that the daughter’s contact with the father (when it had taken place) had been positive and that she loves her father so why was an order for no direct contact made?
One of the recent trends from the senior Courts in this jurisdiction has been to curtail and/or remove the (arguably somewhat legally unorthodox) practices that have developed over time in family law in order to deal with a variety of different problems which regularly occur in family proceedings – including that of financial disclosure. In particular, the cases of Imerman and Prest, made it plain that the family courts need to play by the ‘same rules’ as their civil counterparts.
At the start of the year, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal against the variation of an order made by consent and held that it was an order for payment of a lump sum in instalments which could be varied.
On 12 June 2013, the Supreme Court reached a unanimous decision in one of the most significant and controversial family
An article by Julian Bremner about media coverage in family court proceedings in England and Wales.
Press Release following Rayden Solicitors’ Quiz Night on 14 March 2013 to raise money on behalf of local charity Keech Hospice Care
McKenzie Friend or Foe? – An article about McKenzie Friends in matrimonial proceedings by Nicola Caffery
Top Tips in contact disputes (following Channel 4’s Dispatches programme) by Julian Bremner