Sarah Miller

19-July-2018

Domestic violence

Caroline Ryan acted for a wife who was the victim of ongoing domestic abuse and controlling behaviour by her husband. The husband’s abuse included financial control and, even when ordered to pay interim spousal maintenance he refused to do so…


12-January-2018

As of the 8 January 2018, changes to evidence requirements in relation to eligibility for legal aid came into effect with the effect that more victims of domestic abuse will now be eligible to receive legal aid. The previous five-year…


27-September-2017

On 14th September 2017 the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby announced welcome amendments to Practice Direction 12J of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 which comes into force on 2nd October 2017. Practice Direction 12J sets out what the Family…


20-July-2017

Sharing the care of children inevitably presents emotionally-charged challenges to the courts. But how do the courts deal with cases where there is a proven record of domestic abuse, but where the child has not been the subject of it?




30-June-2016

Coercive behaviour conviction A man who ‘controlled every aspect of a victim’s life’ has been convicted for controlling or coercive behaviour and sentenced to six months imprisonment with a two year restraining order being put in place. The perpetrator would…