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Daughter found to have forged father's will

Rachel Leech
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Following a 9-day trial in Liverpool, His Honour Judge Hodge QC found that a daughter forged her father’s will.   Donald Face, who died in 2017, had three children, Rebeca, Rowena and Richard. Donald originally lived at 18 Wray Crescent in...

Divorce law reform: changes we have been waiting for

Claire Collins
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The current legislation To obtain a divorce under the current divorce framework, parties must have been married for at least one year and be able to show that the marriage has ‘irretrievably broken down’, which can be proven by one of five...

Giving your inheritance to charity

Leah Woodnott
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Caroline Flack’s mother has recently announced that she will be varying the terms of Caroline’s estate. This will mean several charities will inherit her fortune. Caroline tragically took her own life earlier this year and passed away without...

Alternative Dispute Resolution: how to avoid family court

Karen Johnson
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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) means a process by which a dispute is resolved other than through the courts. It covers a wide variety of different options and requires careful consideration both at the outset of a dispute and on an ongoing basis....

Millions lost due to conduct in court

Karen Johnson
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This case involved a husband, aged 41, and a wife, aged 38, who both came from very wealthy Indian families. They were married in 2003. The marriage broke down and they separated in 2017.  Following the breakdown, the husband started to hear rumours...

Increase of capital gains tax to help pay for Covid-19

Caroline Dowding
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It was announced on the news yesterday that the Chancellor is considering increasing capital gains tax to help pay for Covid–19. In fact this is not new news and has been mooted for some months. Many made plans back in March for their affairs to be put...

The gift of money at Christmas

Leah Woodnott
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Christmas! Yes, that is right, I am thinking about Christmas already! This has been an unusual and unforgettable year and no doubt Christmas 2020 will also be one people will not forget.  At a time where families come together (hopefully, if the...

Extension of furlough - a quick overview

Julie Temple
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This is a summary of the key points to think about at this stage , that relate to t he extension of furlough in addition to the original policy paper and in particular providing answers to common questions and any changes from the furlough guidance.  ...

The importance of dealing with litigation in a reasonable manner

Karen Johnson
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This case involved an appeal following a financial remedy order. At the date of the original hearing, the husband was aged 44 and the wife 45. The couple had started living together in 1995, married in 2005 and separated in 2016. They had two children aged...

What is a Separation Agreement?

Phoebe Trott
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A Separation Agreement is a written agreement made between a separating couple. The couple agrees the terms of the separation including reference to maintenance, division of property and any other financial provisions that may be agreed. If you and your...

Nurse arrested for trying to care for her mother

Leah Woodnott
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A retired nurse, Ylenia Angeli, has recently been arrested after she removed her mother, aged 97, from a care home on the evening before England went into another lockdown.  Ylenia commented stating that she took “drastic action” due to not...

How long are parents expected to support their children?

Karen Johnson
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English law recognises the rights and responsibilities of parents towards their children by way of something called parental responsibility.  This is what allows parents to make important decisions regarding their children.  It is something which...

The right to occupy the family home during the divorce?

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In most divorce cases, the property last shared by a married couple as their home will be one of the key capital assets to be taken into consideration when sorting out the financial matters arising from the relationship breakdown. In some cases, it is the...

Lockdown part II - what it means for family law

Karen Johnson
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With the country poised to enter a second lockdown on the 5 November 2020, I thought that it would be helpful to set out how this will impact issues relevant to family lawyers and their clients.  The courts These remain operational and, should you...

Prison sentence for child maintenance deceit

Philip Hoddell
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A man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for falsifying a DNA test in an attempt to avoid paying child maintenance for his two children.  Despite being present at the birth of the children, who have two different mums, Steven Dixon denied he was...

Separation and relationship breakdown during a pandemic

Karen Johnson
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Separation is difficult at the best of times. It gives rise to many issues and questions which need to be addressed and resolved. Not knowing where you stand, adds to the stress and strain and can make things feel so much worse.  Imagine yourself...

Chancellor Rishi Sunak's latest Covid-19 government support update

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled new support for workers, businesses and the self-employed hit by restrictions imposed as coronavirus cases rise across the UK. The government listened to the concerns of businesses in tier two areas that felt not enough...

Think before your divorce goes to court: The costs involved

Philip Hoddell
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The Court of Appeal in Rothchild v De Souza recently dismissed an appeal by the husband against financial orders made in the divorce proceedings. His main argument was that the original order had not been fair because it left him with substantially less...

Coronavirus self-isolation regulations: advice for employers

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(Self-Isolation)(England) Regulations 2020 The self-isolation regulations set out obligations of employers and workers in relation to work and working arrangements. Below is a summary of these...

What am I entitled to on divorce?

Melanie Loxley
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This may be the first (and possibly for you the most important) question you have, if you are separating from your partner. In a nutshell, you may be entitled to some or all of the following:- 1.    Property If your partner owns property...

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