Football and domestic violence

While everyone in the country is rooting for a win in tonight’s World Cup semi-final, for some, a loss will mean more than the loss of a mid-week excuse to hit the pub. Recent statistics have shown that when England…

Inheritance and cohabitees

The number of cohabitees in the UK is growing rapidly and the cohabiting couple family is the fastest growing family type in the UK. However, the law has not caught up and contrary to popular belief, cohabitees do not have…

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…