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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...

Relationship break down during the surrogacy journey?

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When a couple decides to opt for surrogacy when trying to conceive this can be a very exciting time. However, years of fertility struggles can take a toll on a couple and if the couple decide to break up before the child is born, this can lead to confusion...

Britain's biggest ever divorce battle

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A London court has ordered Russian billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov to hand over his £350 million-pound superyacht to his ex-wife as part of a divorce settlement. The 115 metre superyacht known as ‘Luna’ is the second largest expedition yacht...

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...

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...

Can pre-nups agreements help to save your marriage?

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Wedding season is just around the corner, and has 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 to...

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...

What happens with a cross-border divorce?

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Moving abroad is a huge decision, and should not be taken lightly. If one of the reasons you are moving abroad is to join a spouse, it is highly recommended that you get an understanding of the legal implications that moving abroad will have on your...

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...

Bets on divorce date at the wedding?

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Have you ever been to a wedding where bets were being made on when the couple would divorce? Well believe it or not it does happen, and the most recent incredible example, reported in a well-known newspaper, being the groom's mother taking bets on when...

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...

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...

Divorcees could face travel bans!!

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Ex-husbands and wives who refuse to pay their former spouses' divorce settlements could be banned from driving or travelling abroad under new proposals from the Law Commission. Tough penalties are needed to tackle divorcees who avoid paying,...

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...

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...

Life lessons from headline breakdowns

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Watching others acting out the ending of a marriage on a public stage can provide a valuable lesson on how to ‘uncouple’ with least pain Whether fiction or fact, marriage breakdown issues have been stealing more than their fair share of...

Mother of 3 awarded property as the price her ex has to pay for refusing to marry her.

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An article in the Daily Mail on line on 19 July 2016 reports on how a judge ruled that an un-married father of 3 should let the mother of his children keep the house that he bought in her name as the price he had to pay for denying her the financial security...

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...

£337 million divorce settlement...

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Sir Chris Hohn, 48, and 49-year-old Jamie Cooper-Hohn had fought over who should get what in one of the biggest divorce fights seen in an English court. He said she should get a quarter of his wealth, but she had argued she should get half because the...

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...