Family law revolution
By Brett Frankle
22 April 2014 marked ‘the largest reform of the family justice system any of us have seen or will see in our professional lifetimes’, according to Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales.
The reason it is so significant is that it heralds a host of changes made to the family justice system.
Gone is the multitude of different courts exercising family law, each with their own set of rules. Now we have one single Family Court; a national court with designated court centres in different areas, so that the right level of judge is appointed at the outset (and if all goes to plan there will be some degree of continuity of judges until a final hearing) and cases are dealt with in the most suitable location…
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