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Divorce and Family team

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Our divorce and separation team understands that the breakdown of a relationship, particularly if children are involved, can be a difficult and stressful time for all those involved. We listen to the needs of our clients and treat each client as an individual. This ensures we are able to tailor our advice and help guide you through the legal process. We can assist you to make important decisions at a time when you may feel unable to do so.

Karen Johnson
 

Coronavirus: a quick how-to guide for co-parenting

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We have been looking at some frequently asked questions and one that appears a few times is co-parenting. It’s fair to say that co-parenting effectively, following the breakdown of a relationship can be difficult at the best of times. These are not the...

Domestic Abuse and COVID-19

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The current health crisis being dealt with across the globe is placing exceptional strain on people and businesses as Governments fight to contain the coronavirus and protect public health, whilst maintaining key services. Advice to the vulnerable and...

COVID-19 and the impact on family law

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The world is currently facing a global pandemic of proportions and impact that we have never seen in the modern world outside of the movies. The personal and economic consequences are immense, and the coming weeks and months will no doubt bring further...

Compensation on marriage breakdown and divorce

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In recent news, there has been talk of a case decided by Mr Justice Moor following a private hearing in London. He awarded a wife compensation of £400,000, in addition to 50% of their £10 million matrimonial pot, to reflect his finding that she...

Court overrules divorce settlement twice

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The case of Goddard-Watts v Goddard-Watts was in the news last week. The case is notable because of the highly unusual decision to set aside a financial remedy order, not just once but twice. The millionaire couple, James Goddard-Watts and Julia...

Court proceedings over child arrangements

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Figures were released earlier this month showing that Cafcass received a total of 3,284 new private law cases (involving 4,040 children) in December 2019. This was 7% higher than December 2018. This continues a trend of an increased number of private law...

Will you marry me: the legal implications of marriage

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"Will you marry me?" is quite possibly one of the most anticipated questions that many people hope to hear in their lifetimes. It is a question that is loaded with love and hope for a future filled with happiness. It is easy, and completely...

Divorce Day - 6 January 2020

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The 6 January 2020 is Divorce Day; the first working Monday of the year, when family lawyers start to receive new enquiries from people who are faced with the prospect of separation and divorce. The reason for this is often put down to families having...

Equal rights for same-sex and opposite-sex couples

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On 5 November 2019, in one of its final acts before being dissolved in advance of the forthcoming General Election, the House of Lords approved secondary legislation giving opposite-sex couples the right to enter into civil partnerships. Civil partnerships...

What is domestic abuse or domestic violence?

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Domestic abuse is defined as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. It can occur between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender...

Divorce: what happens to adult children still at home?

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According to the latest information released by the Office of National Statistics, the number of young adults living with their parents is continuing to increase. It is estimated that in 2018, 1 in 4 young adults, aged between 20 and 34, were living with...

Same-sex families: so whose baby is it anyway?

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The number of same-sex families in the UK has been increasing steadily since 1996. The most common status of LGBT families is cohabitation followed by civil partnerships and then marriage. Of those families, 18,000 include dependent children. Parenthood is...

Divorce: Do you pay the penalty because of the extra time?

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The former chairman of Swansea City Football Club is suing his ex-solicitors in relation to advice given during divorce proceedings. Huw Jenkins sought advice in 2011 from a firm in South Wales called John Collins and Partners LLP. At the time, Swansea City...

Business tycoon faces jail time after breaching court order

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I was interested to read a recent article in the press about the issues arising in a case involving Leila Hammoud and her ex-husband Talal Al Zawawi. The parties were married for 12 years and separated in 2017, following which Ms Hammoud moved to London. Mr...

Parental alienation - "My ex is turning our children against me."

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Since 2014, the law that the court must take into account when considering child arrangements establishes a presumption that it is in a child’s best interests for their parents to be involved in their lives and upbringing, so long as it is safe....

Highest divorce settlement in history

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As news broke in January of Amazon Founders Jeff Bezos’ separation from his wife Mackenzie, my previous blog titled “What happens to prime business assets on divorce” explored how the English Courts approach business assets when dealing...

Stop right now thank you very much

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Separation can be messy. It raises various issues such as children, finances, where you both will live etc. All of these issues need to be resolved as soon as possible, and yet, are hugely emotive matters which need to be addressed with sensitivity, and at a...

Recognising domestic abuse in a relationship

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In 2012, the government introduced a new definition for the term “Domestic Abuse”. This provided that the term would cover; “Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse...

I got 99 problems...

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I got 99 problems and enforcing a child arrangements order is one of them! Consider a situation; you separated from your partner some time ago. Whilst there was initially some difficulty is resolving the arrangements for your two young children, there is...

The options for resolving family law issues

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When a relationship breaks down, numerous issues arise such as; where both of you and the children will live how you will manage the arrangements for the children how the assets should be divided...

What happens to "Prime" business assets on divorce?

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Amazon’s founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, last week announced on Twitter that he and his wife of 25 years, Mackenzie, were “parting as cherished friends” and “divorcing after a long period of loving exploration and trial...

Divorce Myth 12 - When I divorce, I'll keep my assets and inheritance from before I was married.

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When dealing with finances on divorce, the court has a wide discretion in terms of the orders that can be made. Primarily, the court is looking to divide the matrimonial assets. Matrimonial assets are those that have been built up during the course of the...

Why don't you trust me?

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A story of love, of loss and of lessons to be learned… Jack Smith is 27 years old. He is ruggedly handsome and someone most people would consider to be a genuinely nice guy. He works hard but also enjoys spending time with his friends and family....

My ex won't let me see our kids. What can I do?

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The breakdown of a relationship is hard on everybody involved. It can have a devastating impact upon the children of the relationship if the issues arising as a result of the breakdown are not dealt with appropriately. It could be said in most cases that...

Divorce myth 6: If you do not see the children, you do not have to pay any maintenance

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Karen Johnson considers the myths around child maintenance, and when you have to pay it. My ex won’t let me see my children, so I don’t have to pay maintenance, right? Whilst, it can be extremely frustrating when...

Breaking up is hard to do

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People contemplating divorce do not generally do so lightly. Separation involves huge emotional upheaval, whether you have reached that decision together or not. In all cases it throws up issues such as where you will all live, how the finances should be...

What's "fair" in love and war?

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At a time when the government has launched a consultation on proposals for a non-fault based divorce process, it is interesting to note that further proposals for the reform of divorce laws are currently in the process of being debated in the House of Lords....

Divorce myth 4: Everything is usually fine until you consult a lawyer!

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If you are thinking about separating or divorce, it is important that you receive the right information and advice to protect yourself and your family. The only person qualified to advise you about your legal situation is a divorce and separation lawyer who...

Not always the fairy tale ending

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I recently read an article in the news about a Princess representing herself in a hearing for a Financial Remedy Order at the High Court in London before Mr Justice McDonald. In 2006, Princess Tessy married Prince Louis, the third son of the Grand Duke...