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News Category: Family

  • 2 October 2013

    New Child Support Agency Rules have taken effect

    The Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008 (Commencement No 11 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2013 (SI 2013/1860) came into force on 29 July 2013. Read more

  • 8 August 2013

    More over 60s getting divorced

    Recent local media reports have indicated that more over 60s are getting divorced.  This follows a recent report published by the Office for National Statistics. Read more

  • 26 July 2013

    Grandparents Rights

    Following the eagerly awaited birth of royal baby Prince George, media reports have, amongst other things, focused on the roles the grandparents will play. Read more

  • 18 July 2013

    Same-sex marriage becomes law in England and Wales

    Same-sex couples will be able to get married in England and Wales after new measures became law on 17 July 2013 when the government's legislation on the issue received Royal Assent. Read more

  • 25 April 2013

    High Court upholds separation agreement 22 years later

    In the recent case of T v T 2013, the Court held that a separation agreement signed by the parties in 1991 should be made an Order of Court. Read more

  • 3 April 2013

    The new Children and Families Bill

    The new Children and Families Bill passed its second reading on 25 February 2013 in the House of Commons.  The Bill extends the statutory rights that both parents have in their children’s upbringing. Read more

  • 27 March 2013

    Legal Aid no longer available for family law cases

    On 1 April 2013 the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 comes into force, which aims to trim the existing £2.2 billion legal aid bill by £350 million.  Read more

  • 28 February 2013

    News about divorce lawyers being greedy is “an unfair generalisation”

    A report published by the Legal Ombudsman today (28 February), entitled “The Costs of Separation”, has featured highly in today’s news.  The report found that divorce lawyers have the highest number of complaints from clients, compared with other areas of law.  The report also found that some divorce lawyers are failing to advise their clients to settle financial matters out of Court, therefore resulting in unnecessary costs. Read more

  • 25 January 2013

    Prison threat for separating couples who attempt to hide wealth

    The press has recently reported on the six month prison sentence given to property tycoon Scot Young on 16 January 2013 in the High Court, Family Division, as a result of his failure to provide full and frank financial disclosure amid an acrimonious divorce. Read more

  • 4 January 2013

    Divorce and separation peaks in January

    Following the Christmas festivities, sadly it is common for Steeles Law's family team to receive an increased number of new enquiries from spouses or partners requiring advice in relation to divorce or separation at this time of year. Read more