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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
by: Cripps
  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
  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
  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
  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
by: Cripps
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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Raising awareness for cohabitants

27 Nov, 2018
According to the figures from the Office of National Statistics, cohabitants number 3.3 million of 19 million families in the UK, having more than doubled from 1.5 million families...
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Ignore the family court at your peril – it means what it says

30 Oct, 2018
by: Cripps
The recent case of Re C (A Child) [2018] EWHC 557 (Fam) is a reminder of the extent of the court's power to deal with a parent who persistently fails to comply with a court order...
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Mixed-sex civil partnerships… but what does it actually mean?

3 Oct, 2018
by: Cripps
Civil partnerships are finally to be available to same sex couples.  At last, couples have a choice between getting married or entering into a civil partnership. But what are the...
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‘No-Deal’ Brexit: what might happen for family law cases?

27 Sep, 2018
by: Cripps
In the eventuality of the UK leaving without an agreement (‘No-Deal’ Brexit), the government has published a guide for civil cases and, in particular, family proceedings that...
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What do I do if my child doesn’t want to see their other parent?

12 Sep, 2018
by: Cripps
Relationship breakdowns can be difficult. Not only for parents, but also for the children involved. Separations are often fraught with arguments, bitterness and a general lack of...
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Light at the end of the tunnel for no fault divorce?

11 Sep, 2018
It has been reported that the Justice Secretary, David Gaulke, is to begin a consultation on no fault divorce, calling for the current fault based system to be abolished. The...
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Parental alienation

12 Jul, 2018
Parental alienation, at its most severe, has caused children to think their alienated father is a cannibal. This may be an extreme example but demonstrates the effect that parental...
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Civil Partnerships for all

28 Jun, 2018
Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favour of a heterosexual couple to have the right to enter into a civil partnership rather than a marriage. The Supreme Court ruled...
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January blues? Looking forward

26 Jan, 2018
Statistics show that the number of separating couples regularly spikes in January. This is perhaps not surprising. Christmas is an intense period, carrying high expectations for...
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