Family law reform—timeline [Archived]

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Family law reform—timeline [Archived]

Family law reform—timeline [Archived]

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note details key reforms to the family justice system in 2014. Future reforms are set out in relevant Practice Notes and highlighted in the Lexis®PSL Family news feed. It is therefore for historical and reference purposes only and is not maintained.

See also Practice Note: Family law reform toolkit.

What’s changing?What has happened so far?What is now in force and what are any further steps?
Marriage of same-sex couplesThe Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (M(SSC)A 2013) received royal assent on 17 July 2013. A large part of M(SSC)A 2013 came into force on 13 March 2014.See Practice Note: Marriage of same-sex couples.
Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA 2014)
The Act received royal assent on 13 March 2014.The Children and Families Act 2014 (Commencement No 1) Order 2014, SI 2014/793 brought into force CFA 2014, s 10 (re mediation information and assessment meetings), CFA 2014, s 13 (re expert evidence and assessments), and CFA 2014, s 17 (re repeal of restrictions on divorce and dissolution where there are children).
Children and Families Act 2014 (Commencement No 2) Order 2014, SI 2014/889 provides that the following sections of CFA 2014 came into force on 22 April 2014:
—CFA 2014, s 9—contact: post—adoption
—CFA 2014, s 12—child arrangements orders
—CFA 2014, s 14—care and supervision and other family

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