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End the blame game – no fault divorce now a reality

8 Jul, 2020
For years, divorcing couples have had to attribute blame to obtain a divorce, unless they were prepared to separate and wait for two years before petitioning the court (and if both...
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New Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act passed into law

2 Jul, 2020
Good news in the family law world this week – the new Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act received royal assent and so has been passed into law. Implementation is not...
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Divorce: Who Pays?

14 Apr, 2020
One of the first questions asked by most family clients in an initial client meeting is “Who pays for this?” The answer, as is the case with many family law queries, depends on...
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UPDATE - Contact with children during Coronavirus lockdown

25 Mar, 2020
Following on from my previous blog about arrangements for children to have contact with both their parents, fresh guidance has been issued by the country’s most senior family...
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Contact with children during the Coronavirus lockdown

24 Mar, 2020
For the next little while, the government have confined us all to stay at home, except for shopping, exercise, medical need or essential work. People have already asked me what...
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Managing divorce proceedings during Coronavirus isolation

24 Mar, 2020
We are facing a challenge to our society unique in modern times. At the time of writing this, Boris Johnson has effectively announced a lockdown of the entire country. But what...
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The new normal? Working from home with your partner..

19 Mar, 2020
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many couples will suddenly find themselves having to change their usual work routine and, rather going into an office or separate work...
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Hounded! Who Keeps The Dog?

20 Feb, 2020
    It is becoming increasingly popular for millennials to opt for a pet before having a baby. With the average age of first time mothers and fathers at 30 and 33...
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Are prenups just for the older generation?

4 Sep, 2019
For years, the target market for pre-nuptial agreements has been considered by family lawyers to be the older generations. That is, those couples who find themselves entering into...
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I want my sister to have the children if anything happens to me

23 May, 2019
Divorce can be a very traumatic event for many people.  If there have been mental health issues, or other issues such as alcoholism, prior to the divorce then these difficulties...
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Divorce Law overhaul: the end of the blaming culture?

15 Apr, 2019
  The law at the moment In England and Wales, the laws currently governing divorce are over 50 years old. In order to qualify for a divorce, one spouse must either blame the...
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DIY Divorce: is this a good idea?

7 Feb, 2019
  Welcome to a new era! In March 2018, the UK government launched a £1bn project to update the national court system. One of its key reforms was to make divorce applications...
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Domestic Abuse in Children Cases

8 Jan, 2019
Separated parents, who are involved in court proceedings concerning their children, should be aware that if there are allegations of domestic abuse then the court may order that...
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Problems in Taking Children On Holiday

4 Jan, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
  The case of DO and BO 2017 EWHC 858 is a useful reminder as to the approach the court will take in the event that one parent wishes to take the children on holiday but the...
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Equal Shared Care of Children and Child Support

2 Jan, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
  Where parents agree exactly equal shared care in relation to their children then this will result in there being no child support payable by the paying parent, often but not...
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Inherited Assets and Assets owned prior to Marriage

31 Dec, 2018
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
  The status of inherited and pre-marital assets is very often a topical issue when a couple divorce and try to resolve how the assets of the marriage are to be divided. The...
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Moving abroad following a relationship breakdown

28 Dec, 2018
People decide to move abroad, following a relationship breakdown, for a variety of reasons.  Some people may be returning to their country of origin where they may still have...
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Debunking common cohabitation myths

20 Dec, 2018
Cohabiting relationships are the fastest growing family type according to the Office of National Statistics.  It is therefore worrying that there are still so many misconceptions...
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Another weapon in the armoury of the Child Support Agency

20 Dec, 2018
Under the current rules, it is only taxable income that is taken into account by the Child Support Agency which will then work out, in accordance with the formula, the child...
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Money can't buy you love - so don't use it as a weapon over the children

5 Dec, 2018
There is a long established principle that when parents separate, the arrangements for the children should be worked out by reference to what is best for the children...
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