Child Maintenance Changes

Child maintenance can be a very complex area of family law. In recent years two separate schemes have been in operation to provide for a transition period. As of 31 December this year, the older scheme, administered by the CSA…

Was your toxicology test reliable?

Many will be aware of the recently reported allegations of data manipulation in criminal proceedings where toxicology testing has been used[1]. The allegations relate to testing carried out to detect the presence of drugs or alcohol in hair, blood or…

Parental Alienation

It has recently been announced that from Spring 2018, Cafcass will be piloting a new process called the ‘ High Conflict Practice Pathway’. The guidance details the steps social workers are to take when dealing with suspected parental alienation. What…

Unmarried couples: A fair deal?

ONS figures published last week show that couples who live together without getting married are the fastest growing type of family in the country. In light of the news earlier this year that more unmarried couples with children are breaking…

New child maintenance powers announced

With effect from early next year, child maintenance cheats will no longer be able to take advantage of the ‘joint account’ loophole. Under current rules, where a parent owes child maintenance the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) cannot deduct money held…

Divorce rate shoots up

The latest Office of National Statistics figures for 2016 have revealed a sharp rise of 5.8% in the divorce rate for opposite sex couples in England and Wales. This rise bucks the trend of the past five years where the divorce rate…