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The government introduced the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to replace the Child Support Agency (CSA).

The CMS is designed to be a safety net for difficult cases where parents are unable to work things out between themselves.

Because of problems faced by the CSA in the past, particularly due to failings in their computer system, the new changes under the CMS have been introduced gradually.

The British public waited with baited breath for the birth and the announcement of the name. The name George seems to have the approval of a large percent of the population but what happens when a parent regrets the choice of a christian or surname? This can happen surprisingly often especially when couples are cohabiting and have different surnames or when a christian name is chosen not because both parents love the name but due to tradition and extended family.

The president of the Family Division has just published a set of draft guidelines to promote transparency in the family courts by the publication of Judgments in certain cases.

The idea is that by publicising Judgments there will be a greater understanding by the public of the court process which in turn will lead to a greater confidence in the courts system.

Under the draft guidelines certain written Judgments will be made available to journalists and the identity of experts will be disclosed.

A survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has found that Facebook is now cited in almost one in five divorce petitions.

The social networking site started by Harvard student, Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 which allows people to make contact with old friends and find new ones is being blamed for an increase in relationship breakdowns for various reasons.

In the recent Emmerdale storyline between Debbie and Andy, issues surrounding their children got seriously out of control because the individual parents tried to take matters into their own hands rather than seeking legal advice or talking things through.

Andy took the children because he thought Debbie was selling dodgy vodka and she reacted by attempting to snatch them back and possibly take them abroad.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the situation, the children where caught in the middle.

According to the latest divorce statistics from the Office for National Statistics, men and women between the ages of 40 – 44 are the most likely to divorce.

The average length of marriage at the time of divorce is 11.5 years and the divorcing couple is likely to have at least one child under 16. They will blame their spouse’s behaviour for the breakdown of their marriage.

When deciding how to divide assets or deal with a property dispute on separation have you considered the benefits of appointing a family arbitrator rather than going to court?

The main advantages are that you choose your arbitrator – someone with a particular expertise in the area of family law which is the subject of the dispute who has been appointed post a rigorous training regime – and you can arrange the timing and venue of the hearings (if you need any) to suit your own circumstances.

The Facts

M owned land near Heathrow airport. In March 2010, the defendants entered as trespassers and occupied the land as their homes. M issued proceedings against them on the basis that, because they were squatters, he was entitled to an immediate possession order.

The defendants argued that any eviction would amount to a violation of their rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Art 8).

The government has recently introduced a “surveillance code of practice” for public CCTV systems (aimed at the police and local authorities).

Andrew Rennison (Surveillance Camera Commissioner) has hinted that guidance may be issued to regulate private CCTV in residential property because of a surge of complaints about privacy and “nosy neighbours”.

This would clearly have an impact on anti-social behaviour cases because of the increased use of CCTV evidence in these cases.

The case of Reading Borough Council v Holt [2013] EWCA Civ 641 was an appeal by the defendant against a conditional order for possession made by the local county court.

The Court of Appeal, in dismissing the appeal, gave guidance on the making of conditional orders for possession under Part III, Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1985 (a “Part III Order”).

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