News & Commentary

Here is our thinking on recent family news and issues, and how these might impact you.

The consensus among experts is that surrogacy laws in the UK are outdated and need to be improved. And so, in June 2016 the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission kicked off a surrogacy law reform project which will hopefully result in a draft bill.

Domestic Abuse Bill Update

We were pleased to have it confirmed this month that the new Domestic Abuse Bill is back on track and will be reintroduced when Parliament returns. It had been dropped after the prime minister suspended proceedings at Westminster.

It seems that younger couples, especially those born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s are likely to sign a prenup before tying the knot, a YouGov survey commissioned by Stephensons in 2019 suggests.

Parental alienation, a form of psychological abuse against both the child and the rejected parent, is a concept which is becoming better understood in the UK. It is increasingly recognised as damaging and harmful for those involved and according to The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, (CAFCASS) occurs in a significant number of the 125,000 cases it deals with every year.

Last week the government announced that the divorce laws in England and Wales are to be overhauled so couples can split faster and, it is hoped, with less acrimony.