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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.

Muntech Kaur
 

"National Divorce Day" 2020 - So how was it for you?

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The phrase "Divorce Day", traditionally the first Monday in January, is coined by the media rather than family lawyers. Many who practice family law, including family lawyers who are Members of Resolution , are likely to agree. So, it is...

Divorce myth 10 - If you're the highest earner, you keep most of it

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Whilst this assertion may seem logical, the division of assets, capital and income between spouses and former spouses takes into account a number of factors. When determining how finances should be divided, the first consideration is given to any children...

Divorce myth 5: After a divorce children always live with their mother

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Do children always live with their mother after a divorce? In short, no. Neither parent has more “right” over the other. Arrangements relating to the long term care of children from the marriage can be dealt with separately...

The Judgment for Owens v Owens

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Victory for Mr Owens. Much disappointment for Mrs Owens and Resolution, the latter having intervened in this case. Considerable uneasiness is now felt by family practitioners following the 20 page Judgment of the Supreme Court. So where does this leave us...

Owens v Owens: Supreme Court decision

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The day of the much anticipated decision of the Supreme Court in the matter of Owens v Owens has arrived. This was a rare case where Mrs Owens was unable to prove that Mr Owens, to whom she married in 1978 and separated from in 2015, had behaved...

Family Arbitration

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In my earlier blog of 1 February 2018 , I discussed available alternatives to the family court process. Family arbitration is one form of alternative dispute resolution to using the family court process, which often court users can find...

Is a private Financial Dispute Resolution hearing the better way forward?

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For those attempting to resolve financial arrangements with their spouses or former spouses, often engaging the court process is the most common course of action, particularly where the parties are unable to agree how the financial pot is going to be...

Does a £453million divorce settlement entitle the public to have a front row seat?

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Time and time again, London proves to be the capital which is the favoured location for spouses seeking a share of their super-rich spouse’s fortune. In what is possibly the UK’s largest divorce settlement, with £453million out of a pot of...

Do I have any rights as a grandparent?

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In a case determined in December 2017 by the European Court of Human Rights, in respect of an application made by maternal grandparents of an Italian national seeking to have contact with their three grandchildren born in 2001, 2002 and 2004, the Court ruled...

Is there an alternative to the family court?

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With the increase of litigants in persons, the overburdened family courts, delays caused by court closures, and the increasing view of the public and profession that the family court is not fit for purpose, is there an alternative to the family court? ...

"Divorce Day"

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With the coming in of the New Year, people often evaluate their goals, aspirations and indeed their relationships. For some people, they make important decisions which not only impact upon them personally but also their family unit. The phrase...

Prince Harry and his £30m fortune

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If you have not yet heard of the royal engagement, where have you been?! For followers of the fairy-tale story of a Prince marrying Hollywood royalty, you may have seen the press coverage that Prince Harry has indicated that he will not be entering into a...

When contact is not in the best interest of a child

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For a little girl named B , the court process has spanned almost all of her life and continues to be ongoing. In the matter of F v H & Anor [2017] EWHC 3358 (Fam) , the court is concerned with B, a little girl aged four and a half. B’s...

New Year, new start?

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As the clock strikes 12, New Year’s Day is a time when we all contemplate the year ahead, setting ourselves resolutions and goals to improve on the year that has passed. New Year is also a time when we make important decisions relating to our work and...

It's never too early to be thinking about Christmas!

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The summer holidays (together with the to-ing and fro-ing of agreeing child arrangements) are over and children have returned to school with some form of normality resuming. Like most separated parents who share care or spend time with their children, the...

Parents on the run

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There has been a considerable amount of media coverage concerning the matter of two brothers, aged 6 and 9, who were abducted by their mother in March 2017. It has been a long judicial process for this family which initially commenced by way of an...

UK law continues to lag behind on cohabitation rights

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Further to my earlier blogs on cohabitation agreements and the misconceptions around common law spouses , including the common misunderstanding that they are entitled to the same legal rights as married couples, there are other countries who are...

Common law spouses and cohabitation rights

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With a shift in lifestyle choices and family types, the modern day couple is more likely to opt for cohabitation than marriage. The Office of National Statistics shows that in 2016 there were some 3.3 million couples cohabiting, representing some 17.5% of...

Do I need a cohabitation agreement?

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At a time when there are 3.3 million couples living together, recorded in 2016 by the Office of National Statistics, only a small proportion of these cohabiting couples has given consideration to what each of them expects from the other during the course of...

Be aware - bogus law firms

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It is now commonplace for us all to have been touched by fraud, either by way of personal experience or we know of someone who has been a victim . We are less likely to have a knock at the door from someone trying to con us out of our money and sensitive...

Brexit - UK divorcing European Union

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With the Prime Minister having officially triggered Article 50 on 29 March 2017 to commence the process of the United Kingdom divorcing the European Union, there has been some speculation as to the length of time which it shall take for there to be finality...

Free advice - think again!

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Like many professionals, solicitors often find themselves giving free legal advice to potential clients, generally at initial contact with individuals both during their working hours and at times away from the workplace. In a case already decided by the...

What have quickie divorces and mammoths got in common?

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There have recently been reports in the news that the mammoth is about to have a comeback thanks to DNA developments and the plan was, I gathered, for DNA to be implanted into an elephant embryo. This was soon shown to be an error caused by...

Money and children - don't mediate blindly

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With the introduction of the requirement to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (“MIAM”), initially introduced in 2011, I’m seeing more and more people realising the benefits of utilising mediation to achieve an outcome...