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A specific issue order (an SIO) is an order that determines a question in relation to a child’s upbringing where those that hold parental responsibility cannot agree. In family law cases it is often applied for by one parent against another parent,…

Summary of a recent decision in the High Court. MK v RP [2018] EWHC 1475 (Fam) http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2018/1475.html This is an interesting case concerning the interpretation of what is meant by ‘clear and unequivocal consent’ in cases of alleged child abduction and consideration…

As any family law student knows, the law in England and Wales does not at present afford to those of different sex who have lived together as if they were husband and wife, the same rights to claim financial relief against each…

NB. This post is in respect of an application under s. 8 Children Act 1989 and applies to general applications where a party is seeking a live with/spend time with order or a Prohibited Steps or Specific Issue order where there are…

The Sussex Family Justice Quality Circle met on 9th July to discuss what was required to create a culture of respect in proceedings in the Family Court. It was inspired by an article in Community Care entitled ‘Divisive, demeaning and devoid of…

Having your driving licence taken away can cause huge inconvenience and even severe financial consequences. The magistrates’ court can disqualify a person from driving for a number of reasons: because they have been convicted of an offence which carries a mandatory period…

What would losing your driving licence mean to you? If you’ve been charged with, or are awaiting sentence for a drink driving charge, it’s a question you are very likely to be asking yourself and no doubt worrying about. Section 34 of…

Covenants are binding agreements or promises to do or not do something. Residential and commercial leases contain many covenants. Freehold property titles of both residential houses and commercial premises may also contain covenants. What constitutes a breach of covenant? A landlord might claim…

When relationships break down and children are involved, this can affect the children in a number of ways. Not only can it have an impact the relationship they have with their parents, but also their relationships with members of their extended family….

A prohibited steps order (a PSO) is an order that prevents a certain type of action from taking place. In Family cases it is usually applied for by one parent against the other parent, but it can be made against anyone even…

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