Family law has undergone a sea change in recent years – and the sector is continuing to evolve. Recent reforms to the family justice system in April 2014 have been aimed at improving the way the family law system functions as a whole, streamlining processes, putting the welfare of children first, and, where possible, keeping disputes out of court.
Much has been written about the April 2014 reforms; however, there has been a lack of guidance from the court itself on how these rules will be implemented and followed in practice.
Family Law Practice: An Expert Guide takes stock of the state of family law and offers practical tips on how practitioners can respond – and have responded – to the changes taking place.
Key features include:
- Insights from well-respected experts and practitioners who have been dealing with these changes;
- Crucial advice on the emergence of the mediation/arbitration model, which is a new requirement under the Children and Families Act 2014 and an increasing area focus for the government and the courts;
- Key guidelines for winning work in family law and attracting new clients to expand the business.
Chapter 1: Introduction: A brighter future for family law?
Chapter 2: Family legal aid: Where we are now
Chapter 3: Family justice system reforms: How are they working in practice?
Chapter 4: Child support: The gross income scheme
Chapter 5: Cohabitation: Prevention is better than cure
Chapter 6: Unmarried couples, separation and property
Chapter 7: Undisclosed or undervalued assets and business valuations
Chapter 8: Navigating family dynamics
Chapter 9: Mediation/arbitration: Another choice or a step too far?
Chapter 10: The new networking: How to build a thriving family law practice
Chapter 11: The future of family law servicesCheck our Executive Summary and full table of contents here