On the 31 May, the Government published a consultation in preparation for the new Domestic Abuse Bill, which was proposed…

We are currently looking for a paralegal to join our specialist Family & Matrimonial team…

A Special Guardianship Order is an order which places a child in the long-term care of someone other than their parent…

If a cohabiting couple do not make wills and one passes away, the survivor has no statutory right to inherit under the intestacy rules. However…

We are delighted to announce that our Senior Partner, Peggy Ray won the Entrepreneurial Individual of the year at City wealth’s 2018 Magic Circle Awards yesterday evening…

A revised protocol for referrals of families by the court to child contact centres has recently been published. This protocol has been implemented…

Late last month Resolution – a family law practitioners group – met for their annual conference in Bristol. Resolution operates a code…

Judgment in the recent case of Re C (A Child) [2018] EWHC 557 (Fam) has been provided and has reinforced the consequences of breaching…

Since the abolition of Legal Aid for the majority of family cases in 2013, many individuals are making applications to court without legal representation…

The charity, Penny Appeal, has published important guidance on Islamic adoption and fostering in the United Kingdom. The guidance comes as a result…

The vast majority of couples looking to dissolve a marriage do so by the divorce process, but there are other methods of ending a marriage…

Herefordshire Council v AB [2018] EWFC 10 is a judgment handed down earlier this year regarding two cases which were described…

Sir James Munby issued practice guidance: Case Management and Mediation of International Child Abduction Proceedings on the 13th of March 2018…

Domestic abuse may not always be in a physical form. A victim may not recognise that coercive behaviour has taken place as any specific incident…

The average cost of a marital breakdown is £14,500 and counting, a new report conducted by Aviva’s Family Finances has found…

Jemma Dally, Partner and Head of our International Child Care Department acted for Family Rights Group, a leading charity…

When parents separate, issues in respect of the future arrangements for care of children can be some of the most problematic to resolve. Difficulties in…

Polygraph testing, more commonly referred to as lie detector testing, has become a popular cultural phenomenon particularly due to the significant…

It is the Family Mediators Association Mediation Week this week, and a welcome excuse to sing the praises of the mediation process as a constructive and…

The cohabiting family is the fastest growing family type in England. Despite this, there are still currently no automatic legal rights…

Despite the many reforms in family law, one could argue that the family court remains entrenched in a more old-fashioned way of dealing with matters…

Against a background of severe budgetary restraints for local authorities, it may not come as a surprise that the number of rough sleepers on Britain’s…

This is a meeting carried out by an authorised family mediator, at which the mediator provides information about the principles, process and different models of mediation and the alternative ways to find solutions to your problems…

Jemma Dally, Partner and Head of our Adoption, Surrogacy and Fertility Team, acted for the Respondents to the recent reported Court of Appeal case of…

Recent guidance has been provided to practitioners on the use of hair strand testing in proceedings. Peter Jackson J (as he then was) has handed down…

Since the Government triggered Article 50 in March of this year there has been much speculation about what the UK’s future relationship with the EU will…

In the recent case of Re B (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1579 Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division of the High Court…

Well-regarded children practice that handles serious cases relating to non-accidental injuries and abuse, often requiring technical medical examination…

In this recent judgment, His Honour Judge Wildblood QC (HHJ Wildblood QC) expresses the importance of parents receiving necessary therapy…

In a recent Court of Appeal case Zimina v Zimin [2017] EWCA Civ 1429, [2017], a husband’s appeal was granted against an order for him to pay a lump sum…

The President of the Family Division has issued a circular dealing with domestic abuse and containing a new Practice Direction (PD) 12J…

Last week Jemma Dally, Head of our International Child Care Team and expert in adoption and surrogacy was a panellist at Interlaw Diversity Forum’s……

We are delighted to announce that Peggy Ray and Trudi Featherstone have again been included in the 2017 Citywealth Leaders List. Thomas Brownrigg has……

When couples divorce, issues to do with what property should be considered to be part of the matrimonial ‘pot’ can be difficult and emotive…

Clarity on this matter is provided in the case of Wolverhampton City Council v JA and others . In this case the Local Authority issued care proceedings…

Goodman Ray are delighted to announce that the firm has been shortlisted in the City Wealth Power Women Awards…

The post-nuptial agreement (post-nup) is similar to the pre-nuptial agreement (pre-nup) in the way that it spells out how a couples assets are to be…

Unreasonable behaviour is one o f the most common grounds for divorce, the Court were recently faced with a petition where it had to…

In Birch v Birch [2017] UKSC 53 the Supreme Court was very recently asked to consider whether the courts can revisit a final consent order…

Following the Queen’s speech to Parliament on 21 June 2017, we revisit the topic of what the likely effects of Brexit will be upon family law in the UK…

Last week, Mr Justice Jackson – who in September last year was praised for his efforts in delivering an age-appropriate judgment containing an emoji…

The recent story of Sandeep and Reena Mander highlights some of the issues that can confront couples wishing to adopt a child. The Manders are…

In the recent High Court judgement of Re W (A Child) the President of the Family Division, Munby J, dismissed an application for an adoption Order…

Thomas Brownrigg shortlisted for the 2017 Citywealth Leaders Awards for Family Lawyer of the Year – Associate…

The Supreme Court today delivered its judgment in the long-running case of Walker v Innospec Limited and others [2017] UKSC 47. This case represents…

Section 10A of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 was introduced to provide assistance to individuals who although divorced in English Law, are unable to remarry in accordance…

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 established the Court of Protection, enabling the High Court to settle disputes in relation to an individual’s care and welfare…

The Children and Social Work Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, becoming an Act of Parliament. This new law furthers the duty of local authorities in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. …

The President of the Family Division has called for the process of obtaining a divorce to be completely separate from a couple’s disputes over money…

An important and insightful judgment recently handed down by Mr Justice Cobb, highlighting the paramountcy of the child’s welfare against the need…