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Holiday checklist for separated parents (not forgetting Brexit!)

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One way of getting through the chill of winter is to plan and book a summer holiday in warmer climes. From just a few hours of internet browsing, your dream break can be booked – something to look forward to until the thaw sets in. However, the...

The myth of the 'quickie' divorce

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If you look in any tabloid newspaper from week to week, there will no doubt be a mention of the latest celebrity being granted a ‘quickie’ divorce. This perpetuates the idea that a party to a marriage seeking a divorce can obtain a Decree Nisi...

Family finances make divorce negotiations increasingly complex

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With divorce rates rising and an increase in the value of family assets, couples are being urged to do more to settle financial affairs during the good times. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) , the overall...

Divorce: The rights of grandparents

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A contentious divorce can often sour relationships, not just between the parting spouses, but throughout the wider family group too. Courts do their utmost to protect the interests and the wellbeing of any children involved but what about the older...

New family court guidance aims to protect children from domestic abuse

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Family court guidance aimed at protecting children from violent parents during custody disputes and designed to improve the treatment of abuse victims has been introduced in England and Wales. Until now, family courts have operated on the presumption...

Arbitration - the future of family dispute resolution?

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Relationship breakdown can be difficult, and can involve many elements to resolve, such as property, finance and arrangements for children. It can seem very daunting, and in the event an agreement can’t be reached, the automatic assumption may be that...

The new Resolution Code of Conduct

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Our family law team are members of Resolution, an organisation of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way. Resolution membership is about the approach we take to our work. This means that...

What's yours is mine - or is it?

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After practising in family law for over 11 years, I have encountered many clients who have lived with a partner for years without marrying, and wish to seek advice as to their financial entitlement upon the breakdown of their relationship. All too often...

The kids are alright?

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For many, it is somewhat a grey area on what age children should be left alone at home. There is no right or wrong answer, as the law in the UK does not stop a parent from leaving their child at home alone. Instead, it states that children must not be...

No fault divorce - time for change, no more conflict

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There has been much discussion over the past few years about the need for divorce law and procedure to be updated in line with our changing times. Resolution and some senior members of the Judiciary, have called for the introduction of no-fault divorce. ...

The end of Brangelina - but what about the children?

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There has been much media interest in the recent announcement of the divorce of 'A-list' celebrity couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. After nearly 13 years together, and a joint fortune of approximately $400 million, speculation mounts as to how...