Modern Families Hub

Welcome to STEP’s Modern Families Hub, where we have pulled together news, features and resources discussing the construct and needs of modern families.

Report: Meeting the needs of modern families

Modern families can often be complicated families: they can be challenging, diverse, intricate, and all over the map – often literally – and their needs are equally complex. Identifying and navigating their needs requires expertise and collaboration across borders, cultures and professions. The report highlights the need for advisors and legislators to adapt and modernise in order to keep up with the needs of today’s families.

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STEP Journal: It's complicated

As the definition of ‘family’ changes in the modern era, Helen Swire examines how practitioners and jurisdictions are adapting.

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Modern families consultation response

STEP has responded to a consultation from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee inquiry on the rights of cohabiting partners.

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The UK government later announced it has no plans to reform the laws relating to financial remedy and succession for cohabiting couples in England and Wales, despite support for it from MPs and professional bodies, including STEP.

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Webinar: Meeting the needs of modern families

Modern families can often be complicated families: they can be challenging, diverse, intricate, and all over the map – often literally – and their needs are equally complex. Identifying and navigating their needs requires expertise and collaboration across borders, cultures and professions. In this webinar, our panel discusses the results of STEP’s research in this area exploring what the typical family looks like, the key complexities facing them, and how practitioners are meeting their needs.

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STEP Journal: Stepping stones

Hannah Mantle TEP and Charles Hancock TEP review case law in England and Wales that illustrates how the courts are adapting to the modern definition of ‘family’.

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Global Congress

At STEP's Global Congress, the evolution of the family structure was examined in the panel 'What is family? Unpacking the modern families of today and the future'. 

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Modern families insight panel

We asked members of the STEP Modern Families Thought Leadership Group what sort of modernisation they think is required and how to tackle it.