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Miranda Mourby: The family law reforms in practice - a view from the crystal ball

Date:22 APR 2014
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By this point you have no doubt read ample material mapping out the new family law landscape from 22 April 2014 (if not see the Family Law Reform page). This done however the question inevitably arises: how much will actually change in practice?

Definitive answers are beyond the scope of this article but in the words of the President in Re S (A Child) [2014] EWCC B44 (Fam) ‘some preliminary and necessarily tentative observations are appropriate.' Drawing on the collective experience pooled at the recent Family Law Children and Families Bill Seminar 2014 therefore the following preliminary observations can be made:

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