From time to time we like to outline the changes and trends we see in particular areas of law; in this case, Family law.

Family law is a complex and ever-changing area of law. In 2023, there are a number of new developments that are likely to have an impact on families in the UK. In this article we’ll take a look at a few of them and their implications

Divorce and Finances

One of the most significant developments is the Law Commission’s review of the laws which determine how finances are divided among couples after divorce. The review is expected to take two years and will consider whether the current law is fair and works in the best interests of children.

The Law Commission’s review of the laws on divorce and finances is a welcome development. The current law is complex and outdated, and it often fails to meet the needs of families. The Law Commission is expected to recommend a number of reforms, including:

  • A fairer system for dividing assets after divorce
  • A more flexible approach to child custody
  • Improved support for victims of domestic abuse

These reforms would be a significant step forward for families in the UK. They would help to ensure that families are treated fairly and that children’s needs are met.

Domestic Abuse

Another important development is the government’s plans to reform the law on domestic abuse. The reforms will include making it easier for victims to get protection orders and tougher sentences for perpetrators.

The government’s plans to reform the law on domestic abuse are also welcome. Domestic abuse is a serious crime, and it is important that victims are protected. The reforms are expected to include:

  • Tougher sentences for perpetrators of domestic abuse
  • Improved support for victims of domestic abuse
  • More effective prevention measures

These reforms would help to make the UK a safer place for victims of domestic abuse.

Children

The courts have also been dealing with a growing number of cases involving children who have been affected by the pandemic. These cases have included issues such as child contact, education, and mental health.

The courts have been dealing with a growing number of cases involving children who have been affected by the pandemic. These cases have included issues such as child contact, education, and mental health.

The pandemic has had a significant impact on children’s lives. Many children have been forced to isolate from their friends and family, and they have missed out on important educational opportunities. The courts are playing an important role in ensuring that children’s needs are met during this difficult time.

Mediation

Finally, there has been a rise in the number of couples choosing to separate through mediation rather than going to court. Mediation is a confidential process where couples work together with a trained mediator to reach an agreement on issues such as child custody, finances, and property.

Mediation is a confidential process where couples work together with a trained mediator to reach an agreement on issues such as child custody, finances, and property. Mediation is a voluntary process, and couples can choose to withdraw at any time.

Mediation has a number of advantages over going to court. It is usually quicker and cheaper than going to court, and it allows couples to maintain control over the outcome of their case. Mediation can also help to reduce conflict and stress, and it can improve the chances of couples co-parenting effectively after separation.

If you are facing a family law issue, mediation may be an option for you. Mediation can help you to resolve your dispute quickly, cost-effectively, and in a way that meets the needs of your family.

We hope this article has been helpful. If you have any questions about family law in the UK, please do not hesitate to contact one our qualified family law solicitors.

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