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Child Arrangements and Overseas Travel


14/05/2015   By: Sarah Eley
The summer holidays are fast approaching! What could be better than jetting off to enjoy some sun, sand and sea with your nearest and dearest? Unfortunately, in terms of child arrangements, this is not always as simple as it might seem. And depending on whether or not you have a child arrangements order, the rules you need to follow are different.

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The truth behind the “get a job” headlines


30/04/2015   By: Nicola Rowlings
Last month, a lot of fuss was made about a divorce concerning a vet and a stay at home mother. You may have seen some of the newspaper headlines. According to those papers, the wife had apparently been told by a judge to “go out and get a job”. The headlines suggested that a sensational change in the law had taken place – that divorced women could no longer expect to receive spousal maintenance and should go back to work once their children were at school. But is that what really happened?

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Rights, duties and responsibilities of parents


27/04/2015   By: Kim Aucott
When your relationship breaks down, you may be asking what exactly are your responsibilities towards your children? The answer has been spelled out by the Family Court in a recent, damning judgement* involving parents who both had parental responsibility for their two children.

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…a cautionary tale


22/04/2015   By: Kim Aucott
Multi-millionaire Dale Vince, wind-farm entrepreneur and founder of Ecotricity, has failed in his attempt to strike out his former wife’s financial claims which come more than 20 years after their divorce. The decision of the Supreme Court last month means that his former wife, Kathleen Wyatt, has a green light to pursue her claim for a lump sum against Mr Vince. She also has the benefit of a costs funding order which requires Mr Vince to pay a total of £125,000 to enable Ms Wyatt to pay for legal advice and representation.

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The Common law marriage myth


21/04/2015   By: Andrew Moore
A few years ago a British Social Attitudes survey showed that 51% of participants thought that unmarried couples living together for a period of time would have a “common law marriage”, giving them the same legal rights as married couples. The reality is that such a concept has not existed in England and Wales since 1753.

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As the Government reports record payment of child maintenance, what can you do about maintenance arrears?


28/01/2015   By: Kim Aucott
Good news for families The Government reports (25 January 2015) that record levels of child maintenance are being paid by parents. The Child Maintenance Minister, Steve Webb, commented: “Contributions towards child maintenance in the CSA are now running at an all-time high of 86.5% and I am delighted to see the number of parents who are either not paying as much as they should or nothing at all continues to fall.” which is great news for families.

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Is my Get accepted as a valid divorce in the UK?


16/01/2015   By: Kim Aucott
In the UK, a divorce can only be obtained in the court so if you obtain your get in the UK Beth Din it will not be recognised as effective to dissolve your marriage here.

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New Domestic Abuse Guidelines for Prosecutors


13/01/2015   By: Alex Round
There is no specific statutory definition of domestic violence and abuse: it is a general term describing a range of controlling and coercive behaviours, used by one person to maintain control over another with whom they have, or have had, an intimate or family relationship.

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You have a talaq. Do you still need to divorce in the UK court?


12/01/2015   By: Kim Aucott
In respect of whether the talaq will be effective in bringing your marriage to an end so far as the UK is concerned (and therefore whether you are free to remarry here) the answer depends on...

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Divorce and the new Stamp Duty regime – what does it mean for home buyers/sellers?


17/12/2014   By: Alex Round
Many people who are in the process of getting divorced in the UK will be selling and/or buying a property as a result. The recently announced changes to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) regime are therefore important to understand.

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