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No more blame but challenges remain for divorcing couples

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When the clock finally chimed for no-fault divorce, courts saw a surge in petitions from couples looking to avoid the blame game but challenges still lie ahead for couples leaving a marriage. HM Courts & Tribunals Service has revealed that some...

Divorcing your business partner - what you need to know

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Getting divorced is never easy, and not something people plan for long into the future. Similarly, when spouses go into business together, they rarely consider making a commercial agreement. As a result, divorce can be even more challenging where you and...

When Should Child Contact be Supervised?

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What is supervised contact? In proceedings relating to child arrangements the welfare of the child must be the court’s paramount consideration. It is presumed that a relationship with each parent will be in the best interests of...

What If My Partner Objects to Our Child Receiving the Covid-19 Vaccine?

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With the COVID-19 vaccine being quickly rolled out across the UK, there are concerns among some about the long-term impact and side effects of the vaccine. As a result, some are reluctant to get the vaccine themselves or let their children be vaccinated. The...

How cryptocurrency can fuel asset concealment in divorce

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Divorce professionals are reporting that cryptocurrencies are fuelling a new trend of asset concealment when couples part. For while offshore trusts and investments are well-known as tools used by the wealthy looking to hide assets, the increasing...

Arrangements for Children over Christmas & New Years

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Our top tips for dealing with separations and children during the Christmas and New Year period... The festive period can be a difficult time for separated parents. If you have not agreed on the child arrangements as yet, time is running out. If disputes...

Domestic abuse cases on the rise during the football season

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Domestic abuse charities across the nation have been issuing warnings relating to the rise in domestic abuse cases happening linked to the current football matches. The rise in Domestic abuses cases have spiked by 61 per cent since the March 2020...

What Is No-Fault Divorce & When Is It Coming To The UK?

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Under the current divorce law , the only way to get a divorce without a statutory delay is if one spouse not only initiates proceedings but alleges fault on behalf of the other. A no-fault divorce is a divorce procedure that does not...

Non-payment of child maintenance: What happens if a parent doesn't pay?

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Non-payment of child maintenance: What happens if a parent doesn’t pay? Under a child maintenance arrangement , child maintenance is usually paid by the parent who does not have day-to-day care of the child or does not usually live with the child. If...

Did the science teacher Dan Jewett have to sign a prenup?

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It is very likely that multi billionaire Ms Scott would have been advised by her lawyers to enter into a prenuptial agreement as she married for the second time. Her net worth is estimated to be in the region of $53bn having helped her first husband Jeff...

What happens to joint property when cohabitation ends?

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What happens to joint property when cohabitation ends? Separation is never easy, but if you and your former partner own property together, the situation can be even more complicated. If you have been living with a partner, but you are...

Avoiding a turkey of a Christmas when the family gets together

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Avoiding a turkey of a Christmas when the family gets together With the pandemic putting relationships under pressure and divorce rates recording their biggest percentage rise since 1972, family professionals and support groups are encouraging...

Divorce Day... What is it?

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The new year often starts with Friends, Family and New Years Resolutions, but for many couples, the new year also brings with it, the desire to begin the new year separated. With Christmas traditions being different amongst each household, one that...

Good Divorce Week takes place from 30 November to 4 December 2020.

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Good Divorce Week takes place from 30 November to 4 December 2020. During the awareness week, Resolution is relaunching its public facing Code of Practice which promotes a constructive approach to family issues and considers the needs of the whole family...

Support Bubbles and Childcare Bubbles

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It has now been one week since England went into the second lockdown as a result of the continued pandemic. The second lockdown is slightly less restrictive than the first lockdown which we all experienced earlier this year. The government has allowed for...

Divorce down on the farm...

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Farmers or those married to a farmer do not need a specific farming divorce lawyer but they do need a good lawyer with experience of the particular issues that arise during a farming divorce. Gepp Solicitors have been serving the rural community of Essex...

New Tier 2 restrictions - the impact on child arrangements

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From midnight on Friday 16th October 2020, Tier 2 restrictions came into effect in Essex and numerous other areas across the country. Tier 2 restrictions mean that people cannot meet other households socially indoors - whether at home or at other venues...

5 common reasons marriages end in divorce

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Money. As finances are becoming more stretched for so many households, one of the top reasons couples seek marriage counselling is financial issues. Infidelity . Across history extramarital affairs have ended countless...

Virus transmission spike is matched by divorce advice spike

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There are concerns that the latest spike in coronavirus transmissions may see more relationships taking a hit, after a surge in divorce enquiries following the nationwide lockdown. Back to school traditionally sees a peak in petitions for...

Can I Apply For A No Fault Divorce?

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The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill has received Royal Assent but this has not yet come into force. This is mainly due to the changes which need to take place such as, court forms being updated. It is however rumoured that the new law will come...

New Government Consultation calls for more information about Workplace support for victims of Domestic Violence

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The government has launched a review into the support available in the workplace, currently, for employees that suffer from domestic violence . The consultation seeks evidence and information onto what is available for employees nowadays and what...

Am I entitled to my partner's pension on divorce?

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Many of my clients, regardless of gender, do not actually know that a pension is classified as a matrimonial asset on divorce. Therefore, simply put, yes you are entitled to a portion of your spouse's pension. It was interesting to note that data from...

Support Bubbles and Family Law

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Restrictions continue to be eased as the UK gets further past the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic. Some people in England are now be able to form a "support bubble, but what does this mean for Family Law? Unmarried...

Remote Court Hearings: "Horribly Cruel" or More Efficient?

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Since the covid-19 pandemic broke earlier this year, the number of virtual hearings held in England and Wales has increased five-fold. Some family law practitioners are saying video and phone calls are not suitable for some sensitive cases. Charitable...

Coronavirus: Those ignoring child Court Orders could end up facing legal action

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I have had several enquiries regarding contact since the lockdown guidance was introduced. Cabinet Minister, Michael Gove, caused confusion among families when England announced its lockdown. When he appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain, he said...

Balancing Effective Remote working And a Busy Home Life

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Cafcass has shared a very helpful guide for working at home whilst your children are around. The guide provides practical tips on how to remain productive and calm while working from home with children. It also offers useful links to a variety of...

25% Spike In Abuse Inquiries Since Lockdown

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One in ten London crimes involves domestic abuse. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline has recorded a 25% jump in abuse inquiries since lockdown. There have been fears that domestic violence would increase due to the nationwide lockdown as victims of...

How Will The Coronavirus Affect Our Child Arrangements?

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The country is in the middle of a Public Health crisis on an unprecedented scale. Parental responsibility for a child who is the subject of a Child Arrangements Order made by the Family Court rests with the child’s parents and not with the...

William Shatner Finalises Divorce

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It has been reported that a financial settlement in divorce has been reached between William Shatner and his wife, Elizabeth. In his seven decades of television, William Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk of the...

DIY Divorce: What Does It Really Mean?

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What you need to know about 'DIY Divorce' from our Family Law solicitor Filomena Sterkaj... There are many misconceptions about online divorce. I am often asked by clients whether a Solicitor is mandatory in their case or, can they just...

Mixed Sex Couples Can Now Become Civil Partners

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Mixed-sex couples can now become civil partners. Previously, the law only allowed same-sex couples to be civil partners. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, who won a legal battle for the right to heterosexual civil partnerships, were among the first...

New Year's Resolutions

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Going through a divorce or separation is difficult. Emotions are high and even if two people agree, the changes can be overwhelming and stressful. All too often it is tempting to get into tit for tat arguments that lead nowhere. So why not make a few...

When Can Opposite-Sex Couples Be Able To Register A Civil Partnership?

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We have had a few questions recently from curious clients about when opposite-sex couples will be able to register a civil partnership . Opposite-sex couples will be able to register civil partnerships in England and Wales from 31 December 2019 ,...

How Long Does It Take To Get Divorced?

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I often meet clients who have an assumption that they can get a "quick divorce" - In England and Wales there is no such thing as a “quick divorce”. The time it takes a Court to process a divorce application can vary depending on the...

No Fault Divorce DROPPED by Parliament

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New laws to boost the rights of abuse victims, crack down on animal cruelty and introduce no-fault divorce could be axed after Parliament was suspended until the 14th October. The 12 bills that were going through at the time of Parliament's...

Adele Files For Divorce

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Megastar Adele has filed for divorce from husband Simon Konecki. She announced the couple's separation in April, stating that she would like privacy and that there would be no further comments. The pair are said to have split amicably. Adele and...

When Can You Leave Your Children Home Alone?

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So, when can you let your kids fend for themselves as you pop to the shops? If you’re a parent, you’ll be familiar with how long it takes to get your children ready to leave the house. Whether it’s setting up the pram for the baby,...

No Fault Divorce Legislation

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Legislation for no-fault divorce will be introduced as 'soon as parliamentary time becomes available'. Currently, there is no such thing as a no fault divorce. The only ground for divorce, is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down and to...

Record Breaking Divorce Settlement

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The record breaking divorce settlement.. The world's richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and his wife MacKenzie have agreed a record-breaking divorce settlement of at least $35bn (£27bn). The divorce deal dwarfs a previous $3.8bn record set in...

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Act

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The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act comes into force on 26 May 2019. The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Bill received Royal Assent on 26 March 2019, becoming the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and...

Domestic abuse bill to ban family court cross-examination

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Nearly two years after the government pledged to end the cross-examination of domestic violence victims by their alleged abusive ex-partners in the family courts, it has finally unveiled a draft bill to end the controversial practice. The landmark bill will...

An end to a marriage confirmed by text!

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It is perhaps considered insensitive to end a relationship by text message. Yet, the introduction of a new regulation allowing Saudi women to be notified by text of their divorce should be hailed as a method of ending secret divorces. Under the male...

Christmas: a time for reconciliation or divorce?

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Whilst divorce is perhaps antithetic to the values of Christmas, festive cheer is not always enough to save relationships in conflict. Following the initiative to modernise divorce, the introduction of online petitions has allowed 13 couples in England and...

Keeping kids first helps minimise fallout from family breakdown

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Gepp's family lawyers are supporting Resolution's campaign for a change in the law to reduce the fallout from divorce on children, after figures released today revealed the impact of conflict between separating parents. In a new poll, 79% of the...

Straight couples will be allowed to enter civil partnerships

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Before the introduction of civil partnerships and same sex marriages, it used to be the case that same sex couples were discriminated against by not being able to obtain legal recognition of their relationship their relationship in any way. Since...

Are divorces on the decline?

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Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the divorce rate for heterosexual couples in England and Wales has hit a 45-year low. During 2017 for every 1,000 married men and women there were 8.4 divorces, representing the lowest...

Justice Secretary confirms plans to reduce conflict in divorce

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What proposals is the government's consultation on divorce law reform likely to include? A new process to remove need for couples to have been separated or to allege ‘fault’ in order to obtain divorce...

When a parent wants to move away and take the children?

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These days more and more people are spending time abroad, whether they’re overseas on business, trying to build a new life in a different country, or just taking a long trip. There are plenty of reasons a parent might want to take their child abroad...

Divorce Law Reforms

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In my blog of 26 July 2018, I reported on calls for a reform of divorce law after Mrs Owens was forced to remain in a marriage that was not working because the grounds, that she was unhappy, were insufficient for a divorce in England and Wales. ...

When the end of summer spells the end of marriage

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September is traditionally a time of new beginnings, with children off to school or university and parents back to work, but for many couples, the end of summer can spell the end of marriage . Lawyers often talk about ‘divorce day’ in January...

Rise in self-harm amongst children

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A survey of 11,000 children found 22% of the girls and 9% of the boys said they had hurt themselves on purpose in the year prior to the questionnaire. The self-harm statistics are included in The Children's Society's annual Good Childhood Report,...

Court rules woman "must stay married"

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Tini Owens (66) petitioned for divorce from her husband on the grounds that her husband had behaved unreasonable and the 40-year marriage had broken down irretrievably. Unusually, the petition was defended by her husband Hugh (78) and the divorce was denied....

Finding solutions for children should be the new focus

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The Family Court judges have a new leader from 18th July 2018. Sir Andrew McFarlane is the new President, ie the leading judge for all family courts. When Sir Andrew was a barrister, his specialism was the law relating to children. For more than 7...

Civil partnership or cohabit - which is better?

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Not everyone wants to get married in a church or registry office. For many cohabiting couples, a civil partnership is far more attractive – it moves away from the idea of women being the ‘property’ of their husbands and is infinitely more...

What happens when family is cut out of the will

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High profile inheritance disputes follow celebrities and the super-rich as surely as night follows day, but such challenges are becoming increasingly common, whatever the values involved. Some of the names to have made headlines include the artist...

32 Miles East launch their first event

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This professional group was created with junior professionals in mind, with the aim of providing opportunities for networking and socialising within the local business community. Named because of Chelmsford's geographical distance from London, this brand...

What is the future for heterosexual and civil partnerships?

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Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan made national headlines recently as they took to the courts their case for a civil partnership, despite being in a heterosexual relationship. As the law currently stands, only same-sex couples are allowed to enter into...

Divorce goes virtual

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A new online service should cut the stress of applying for a divorce according to the Ministry of Justice, but family law professionals say it’s likely to benefit only those with simple finances who are pursuing the DIY route. The Ministry...

Divorce mediation is often the best way forward.

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I am delighted announce that Sarah Overy has now completed her accreditation as a Family Mediator and she is now certified as a scheme member recognised by the Law Society. Sarah has been able to undertake mediation for some time, and has considerably...

Splitting up with a joint account? Beware the debt trap

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When couples break up either one can be 100% liable for money owed on a joint account After Jennifer Davis ( not her real name ) tried to shut down the joint account she shared with her former partner, she got a nasty surprise. Her other half had taken out...

Divorce and Grandparents Rights

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How do I maintain my relationship with my grandchildren when their parents' divorce? When a marriage breaks down, it is usual for the parents to discuss the arrangements for their children. Grandparents however, are often overlooked, leaving them...

Biggest marriage shake up in 200 years

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Plans are afoot for heterosexual couples to be given the right to enter into civil partnerships after the biggest shakeup of marriage laws since the 1800s. The home office said it would review the operation of civil partnerships – which are currently...

Prenuptial Agreement: It Could Make Your Marriage Stronger

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Wedding season is just around the corner.. .. and there is an extra buzz thanks to the brace of royal weddings planned for 2018. If you’re tying the knot this year, it’s likely you’ve spent time carefully planning everything from bouquets...

Pre-Nuptial Agreements & Cohabitation Agreements

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Historically pre-nuptial agreements were reserved for the rich and famous, but in recent years the Courts have shown a much greater willingness to uphold such agreements, provided some basic rules are followed in their preparation. There are a number of...

The financial implications of divorce

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In any separation or divorce the emotional upheaval can be stressful to deal with, but so too can the financial implications. If couples are unable to agree to an amicable separation or divorce and the process goes all the way to a contested court hearing,...

Keep Christmas for the children

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Christmas celebrations for children are too often marked by family divisions when relationships break down. According to statistics from the ONS around 100,000 children per year see their parents divorcing, with many of those families breaking...

Marriage and Civil Partnerships: What's the difference?

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In 2005 Civil Partnerships were introduced for same-sex couples. Fast forward to 2014, and same-sex marriage was also made legal, meaning same-sex couples now have the choice between the two. But what are the differences? Rights for both married couples and...

Cohabitation - have you thought about the risks?

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With Christmas fast approaching you might be thinking about the next stage of your relationship and asking your partner to move in. What rights do cohabiting couples have with respect to the property they live in and other assets? Couples who are unmarried...

Fathers' rights for contact with children over Christmas

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Unfortunately, being a father with or without Parental Responsibility for your children does not automatically give you the right to spend time with them over the Christmas holidays, unless you have an agreement or a Court Order. We recommend trying to work...

6 tips for separated parents at Christmas

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How to make your children's Christmas special Start the conversation about Christmas with your children's other parent as early as possible so that you have plenty of time to agree arrangements and tell the children,...

5 Top Tips for co-parenting

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It’s no secret that divorce can be one of the most stressful events a person goes through in life. Unfortunately when children are involved things can be doubly challenging. The co-parenting process can be tricky to master at first, but here are 5 top...

What is a Consent Order on divorce, judicial separation or dissolution of civil partnership?

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A Consent Order is a legally binding document which sets out the financial agreement between divorcing couples. Each Consent Order is different and is drafted according to each party's unique circumstances. The Consent Order will deal with all the...

What is 'unreasonable behaviour' in divorce?

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Earlier this year, a divorce case made the headlines when Tini Owens was not granted a divorce from her husband, Hugh Owens on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour. This was a highly unusual case: the vast majority of divorces go undefended, but in this...

What's mine is mine!

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The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court's decision on a financial remedy order in favour of the husband after a 23 year marriage, on the grounds that most of the property was owned by him before the marriage began. In August this year in...

What are the grounds for divorce?

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To be legally granted a divorce in the UK, you must be able to prove one of the ‘grounds for divorce’. This means giving one of a certain set of reasons that demonstrate that your marriage has irretrievably broken down, and being able to show...

How your Will is affected by your marriage or divorce

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In an ideal world, all adults at whatever age and stage of their lives should make a Will. If the worst happens this means that your loved ones would be able to deal with your estate in accordance with your wishes and feelings. You may have...

Who decides?

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Few of us could have failed to share the pain of Charlie Gard's parents who recently made the difficult decision to allow their son to die. But this decision came following a series of court hearings when they challenged the hospitals recommendation to...

Managing Your Financial Affairs Following A Divorce

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Going through a divorce can be earth-shattering to your emotional and financial stability. One way to feel in control of your own destiny again is to organise a strategy for managing your finances as soon as possible. Whether you are on your own...

A guide to cohabitation agreements

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English law does not afford cohabiting couples the same legal protection and rights as married couples. A cohabitation agreement is accordingly an essential consideration for unmarried couples. Cohabiting couple families are, according to the Office...

Unmarried couples need to protect themselves

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A landmark victory in the Supreme Court has seen a Northern Ireland woman win a share of her former partner’s pension, with commentators saying it’s likely to add impetus to the drive for greater rights for unmarried couples. But, in the...

Getting rocky relationships through tinsel-time

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The family-focus of Christmas is often followed in January with news of unhappy couples who decide to call it quits, leading to so-called Divorce Day, as family lawyers receive a surge of enquiries when they re-open after the break. And as the...

Resolution survey - impact on children of divorce

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Around 230,000.00 people are going through a divorce every year in England and Wales and almost half of the break ups have at least one child under 16 in the relationship. This therefore meant that tens of thousands of children see their parents separate and...

Good Divorce Week

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There can never be a good time to get divorced but this week marks Resolution's campaign to improve the process for dealing with divorce and relationship breakdowns. Resolution is a community of family justice professionals who work with families and...

Financial needs on divorce

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The Family Justice Council published Guidance on ‘Financial Needs’ on Divorce. Define ‘financial needs’ on divorce and. Covers two areas: What are needs and how are they measured? The main needs in most cases are for housing...

Divorce down as pre nups rise

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The first working day in January is commonly known as Divorce Day, when family lawyers receive more enquiries than at any other time of the year, but they are more likely to be faced with ‘silver splitters’ than young couples these days. ...

Christmas often a tough time for children following divorce

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Child experts are clear that the most important factor in a child’s healthy development is the stable and healthy relationship of their parents. Yet the sad fact is that half of all children in Britain are no longer living with both parents by the time...

Ten Year Anniversary!

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This December sees the ten year anniversary of the first Civil Partnership for gay people take place in the UK. Since 2005 almost 140,000 people have entered into a civil partnership. The law has moved on since 2005 giving same sex couples the choice...

'Most Active Law Firm' award goes to...

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With a gathering of almost 70 prestigious law firms the competition was high at this year’s LawNet awards. A very pleased Steven Payne, Managing Partner of Gepp & Sons collected the coveted award for the ‘Most Active Law...

MP says couples should be allowed to apply for 'no fault divorce'

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On Tuesday 13th October a controversial amendment to Family Law was proposed in the House of Commons by Richard Bacon, the South Norfolk MP. Speaking in the Commons, he said: "I propose one simple amendment to the law - the option of divorce without...

A law firm with a true pedigree...

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Managing Partner Steven Payne was on duty this Bank Holiday as he judged ‘Best in Show’ at the Essex Dog Day . The event set in the glorious grounds of Crix the Georgian mansion at Hatfield Peverel hosted thousands of...

Nailing down agreements on divorce

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Kathleen Wyatt has been granted permission to lodge a belated claim against multi-millionaire Dale Vince, who made his fortune through a green energy company founded in the 1990s, which is said to be worth £57m. The couple met and married in 1981 and...

Talking it out can save the children

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According to the research, published by the Marriage Foundation, one in three children under the age of 15 woke up with just one parent on Christmas morning. Alongside, are many more families where couples will have ‘held it together’ for...

Relationship Christmas blues

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The pace of modern life is such that families spend little time together, one occasion when they do is Christmas. Many couples experience additional stress, be it emotional and/or financial, so much so matters often come to a head and boil over. Before...

England and Wales to say "I do" on same-sex marriage after US Ruling?

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The recent ruling in the US Supreme Court focused primarily around the issue of certain federal benefits not being available to people in a same-sex union, compared with those who are married. The Supreme Court found such laws discriminated against...