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Ending the Blame Game - No Fault Divorce Update


29/12/2015   By: Nigel Shepherd
In my blog back in 2012 I explained the surprise and frustration felt by many of my clients when I explained that in order to start divorce proceedings in England & Wales without waiting at least two years one of the couple has to use either adultery or unreasonable behaviour as the reason for the marriage breakdown.

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Dispute Resolution Week - what is it all about?


25/11/2015   By: Edward Heaton
With Resolution’s annual Family Dispute Resolution Week well underway and events taking place across the country to raise awareness of Dispute Resolution, it is perhaps time to pause and revisit the basics. With the strap line “There is a better way to separate”, what is it actually all about?

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Surrogacy and Separation


25/11/2015   By: Rose-Marie Drury
Putting your children first is often parents' first priority when separating. A few months ago I wrote about the impact surrogacy arrangements have on legal parenthood. So, what happens when intended parents of children born through surrogacy then separate?

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Listening to your children ..... #children first


24/11/2015   By: Alison Bull
Most parents who separate are worried about how their children will cope. You may feel very guilty that you haven’t been able to stop your relationship breaking up. Whatever the reason for the break up, and even though in the long-term it maybe the right thing for the family, its very likely that your children will not want it to happen.

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Putting Children First


20/11/2015   By: Jane Booth
Resolution’s Family Dispute Resolution Week 2015 starts on 23 November 2015 and the theme for this year’s Family Dispute Resolution Week is “putting children first.” Resolution have surveyed children and young people about their experience of parental breakup to find out whether children feel they have been given appropriate information, explanation and the chance to be involved in decision-making during their parents’ divorce.

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Conscious Uncoupling - the new way to separate?


12/11/2015   By: Jane Booth
It was splashed all over the press headlines when Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she and Chris Martin were “consciously uncoupling”, but what does it actually mean and is there any merit in the approach?

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Pension Sharing following a foreign divorce


27/10/2015   By: Philip Way
Modern employment requires geographical flexibility and many individuals will live in a number of different countries over a working lifetime. If you or your spouse have lived or worked in England, or worked for an English employer, you or your spouse may be a member of an English pension scheme.

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Keep Calm and Carry on Disclosing


22/10/2015   By: Nicola Rowlings
You cannot have failed to notice the media storm over Mrs Sharland and Mrs Gohil – the two wives who went all the way to the Supreme Court to overturn financial orders made in their divorce proceedings which had (it later transpired) been based on false and misleading information provided by their husbands.

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Some Might Say (not very much)


08/10/2015   By: Nicola Rowlings
“Inside Britain’s most toxic divorce”. “Husband cheated with 12 women in five months”. “Judge roasts wife in divorce hearing”. Surely a fearful prospect for anyone embarking on divorce and financial remedy proceedings these days is a possible tabloid front-page splash of the proceedings’ details. The widely reported divorce of Nicole Appleton and Liam Gallagher demonstrates not only how the marital difficulties of the wealthy or high profile can particularly attract the gaze of the media but also the disagreement between family judges as to just how “open” financial remedy hearings should be.

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Catholic annulments made easier


10/09/2015   By: Jane Booth
Pope Francis announced on 8 September 2015 that the process for obtaining an annulment within the Catholic church would be streamlined. The Vatican set up a commission of church lawyers a year ago to look at reforms to the process for obtaining an annulment. The Catholic church does not recognise divorce. It teaches that marriage is forever. In order for married couples to separate, Catholics must have their marriage annulled by showing that it was flawed from the outset.

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