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UK To Undertake New Research on “No Fault” Divorce

by Michelle McDermott on November 24, 2016

Michelle McDermott

Resolution, is a UK Organisation of approximately 6,500 members of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Members encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family and in particular the best interests of children. I was a member … Read more

Father in family law battle bugs daughter’s clothes

by Rhiannon Noble on July 24, 2016

Rhiannon Noble

The Guardian newspaper recently published an article regarding a father in the United Kingdom who sewed listening devices into his daughter’s school blazer and raincoat to enable him to listen to private conversations between the child and a social worker.

The proceedings, in which Justice Peter Jackson in the Family Division of the High Court in London was asked to … Read more

Michelle McDermott

Having had the invaluable experience of practising family law both here in Australia and in the UK, I have at times been struck by the differences in each country’s family law regimes. There were two published Court decisions in 2014, one here and one in the UK, which provided me with such an example: in Australia, the case of Merrick … Read more

Go out to work!

by Michelle McDermott on February 19, 2016

Michelle McDermott

Wealthy husbands across the globe (well, in the UK anyway) have rejoiced in a recent decision from Lord Justice Pitchford in the UK Court of Appeal, in which he has told the ex-wife of a millionaire horse surgeon to seek employment, warning that she has no right to expect “an income for life” at her former husband’s expense.

Whilst very … Read more

UK Parents cannot use deceased’s daughter’s eggs

by Michelle McDermott on January 18, 2016

Michelle McDermott

Whilst keeping up to date with what’s happening in the family law world over in the UK, I came across a rather heart-breaking scenario, where the UK’s High Court recently determined that the parents of a deceased daughter cannot export their daughter’s frozen eggs to the USA where the mother planned to receive fertility treatment so that she could give … Read more

You can’t hug Skype

by Michelle McDermott on October 12, 2015

Michelle McDermott

In agreeing with what, in my view, is one of the best lines in a closing submission I have read from anywhere in the world, Mr Justice Wood in the UK High Court has declined a mother’s request to be able to relocate with her 2 year old son to Hong Kong and ordered that the boy remain living in … Read more

Peter Magee

Recently a UK Judge ordered children be returned to their mother in Australia.  The mother had sent the children to spend time with their father and the children had not been returned.

Australia, along with over 87 other countries, is a signatory to the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Hague Convention). By signing the Hague … Read more

De Facto or Married?

by Michelle McDermott on May 22, 2015

Michelle McDermott

I read a rather funny article recently by Becky Dickinson on the Parentdish UK website as to why the author does not think that she needs to be married. The reasons may resonate with many of you out there in “Blog Land”.

To clarify, in the UK parties who live together but are not married are called “cohabitees”. Here in … Read more

Divorce – Increase for Couples in Their 50’s

by Kerry White on February 19, 2015

Kerry White

According to the Independent, trends in the UK over the last decade suggest a significant increase in the number of couples divorcing in their 50’s and indeed their 60’s. We should not be surprised to see a similar trend in Australia.

This may be due to the dreaded “mid life crisis” and a desire for change before it is “too … Read more

Older Wives being divorced by Younger Husbands

by Michelle McDermott on December 18, 2014

Michelle McDermott

In a rather interesting titbit from my recent reading of what’s happening in the UK family law world, it appears that there is an increasing trend of older, successful wives being divorced by their younger husbands when the women hit middle age. (I could make a quip here that it makes a change from the usual scenario of men trading … Read more