Marriage & Civil partnership

Government-backed scheme helps separated parents reach settlements

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

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

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

Common law marriage is the 
stuff of fairy tales

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

Supreme Court grants shared residence for left behind mother

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

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

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