Family LoreCast #25, 18th November 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss the following family law news items: the government's proposed legal aid reforms; LB Richmond v B & W & B & CB, in which the High Court considered the use of hair testing as evidence of alcohol consumption; Hong Kong’s Supreme Court upholds principle of equal division on divorce; and the case of W (A Minor).

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Family LoreCast #23, 4th November 2010

After another short break, Natasha and I return to discuss Lord Judge's call to reform the family justice system and the opening event of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Family Law and the Court of Protection, which was a debate on the future of ancillary relief.

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Family LoreCast #22, 14th October 2010

In a change to our usual formula, this week Natasha and I do not discuss the week's news items. Instead, we talk about the future of family law, in particular no-fault divorce, the presumption of shared parenting, compulsory mediation and legal aid.

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Family LoreCast #20, 30th September 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss the 'bonfire of the quangos', which will see the end of the HFEA and the LSC, and could also see the end of CMEC, Cafcass and even the UK Supreme Court. We also discuss the surge in judges ordering parenting classes.

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Family LoreCast #19, 23rd September 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss the speech Is the Family Justice System in need of review?, given by the President of the Family Division Sir Nicholas Wall to the shared parenting charity Families Need Fathers on the 19th September. Topics covered include shared residence, compulsory assessment for mediation in private law children matters, the future of legal aid and McKenzie friends.

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LoreCast #18, 16th September 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss:

* Cafcass and the continued rise in the number of care applications (story here);

* The Guidance issued by Mrs Justice Hogg for use in cases of stranded spouses (story here); and

* The question of whether the court can make a contact order without making a residence order (story here).

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Lorecast #17, 9th September 2010

After a long summer vacation Natasha Phillips and I return with our weekly discussion about topical family law matters.

This week we discuss:

* The conflict between Indian ministries regarding the ratification of the Hague Convention (story here).

* The recent report that found that 40% of victims of domestic violence are males (story here).

* The latest news regarding the family legal aid contracts tender (story here).

* The implementation of no fault divorce in New York (story here).

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LoreCast #16, 8th July 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss Lord Justice Munby's Hershman-Levy Memorial Lecture on 'Lost Opportunities: Law and Transparency in the Family Courts', in which he called for further opening up of the family courts. We also discuss the Family Justice Review's 'call for evidence', and we end with a couple of appropriate quotations.

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LoreCast #15, 1st July 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss the case S (A child), the proposed closure of 157 courts and the latest quarterly court statistics. Natasha finishes with a story that suggests that the rights of the child may have gone a little too far...

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LoreCast #14, 24th June 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss the recent cases Re AR (A Child: Relocation) and T v B, which involved a lesbian couple, where the mother sought maintenance for their child from her former partner. As usual, Natasha finishes with a quotation...

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LoreCast #13, 10th June 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss the adoption case Oxfordshire County Council v X, Y & J, along with the agreement between 14 EU states that will allow couples of different European nationalities to choose which nation's divorce laws will apply to them. Natasha finishes with a quotation...

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LoreCast #12, 4th June 2010

Following the half-term break Natasha and I return to discuss the President's Guidance in relation to split hearings and the case of Kernott v Jones. This time I end with an appropriate quotation...

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LoreCast #11, 21st May 2010

After a short hiatus due to the election and certain technical problems, Natasha and I return to discuss the case of JKN v JCN and Lord Justice Thorpe's comments in the case of C (Children).

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LoreCast #10, 29th April 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss the judgment in the Sharon Shoesmith case and the latest in the Young divorce saga. In the usual light-hearted finish, I detail a cunning scheme for divorce lawyers to drum up new business.

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LoreCast #9, 23rd April 2010

After the Easter hiatus, Natasha and I return with our ninth Lorecast, in which we discuss the case of Re W (Children), in which the court sought the views of a six-year-old child, a study that indicates that marriage has no bearing on children's outcomes and the tricky problem of dealing with pets on divorce.

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LoreCast #8, 25th March 2010

In a shorter than usual LoreCast this week, Natasha and I discuss two topics: firstly pre-nuptial agreements and the Radmacher v Granatino case, which was heard by the Supreme Court this week, and secondly the interesting case of Hewett v First Plus Financial Group Plc, in which the Court of Appeal gave its judgment this week. At the end Natasha relates a story which demonstrates the ends that men will go to to find embarrassing ways to propose marriage...

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LoreCast #7, 18th March 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss the case of the boy who has threatened to go on hunger strike if he is made to live with his father, Baroness Deech's latest lecture, the survey commissioned by Resolution into attitudes towards divorce and relationship breakdown, and Mr Justice Moylan's speech at the Resolution annual conference, in which he reviewed ten years of the Human Rights Act. We end with a light-hearted look at relationships.

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LoreCast #6, 11th March 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss three topics: the Supreme Court decision in Agbaje v Akinnoye-Agbaje, the LGA warnings regarding the effects of implementing the recommendations of the Laming Report and Jack Straw's challenge to the recommendation that Sir Nicholas Wall be the next President of the Family Division. At the end, we each tell a 'relationship joke', with Natasha's being somewhat naughty...

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LoreCast #5, 4th March 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss various topics, including the possibility of an inquisitorial family justice system, the Centre for Social Justice Green Paper on the Family, the case of Re W and the case of Vaughan v Vaughan. Oh, and at the end we have what may possibly be a first for a divorce lawyer...

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LoreCast #4, 26th February 2010

This week the topics that Natasha and I discuss include the mounting opposition to the proposals to further open up the family courts to the media, a report comparing cohabitation with marriage, the claim by Iain Duncan Smith that broken home 'damage infant brains', and the continuing problems with the child maintenance IT system.

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LoreCast #3, 18th February 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss the advertisement campaign to tackle teenage domestic violence, the case of Doctor A & Ors v Ward & Anor and the issue of professional anonymity, NAPO's criticisms of Cafcass and the recent increase in the number of family disputes. We also have a bit of fun at the end of the podcast...

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LoreCast #2, 12th February 2010

This week Natasha and I discuss various topical family law matters, including delays in the family courts, draft guidance to the forthcoming Private Law Practice Direction, possible review of Payne v Payne and Baroness Deech's proposal that grandparents be remunerated for the free childcare that they provide. Oh, and there is a little surprise in store for me at the end...

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LoreCast #1

Today Natasha Phillips (of Divorce Manual and Researching Reform) and I begin a new project: LoreCast, a weekly series of podcasts discussing family law news. This week's topics include the Families and Relationships Green Paper, the divorce rate drop, children and media access to the courts, forced marriage concerns and the recent case of Re S. Click below to listen to the LoreCast.