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The Scottish Referendum – what happens if Scotland “divorces” the UK?


18/09/2014   By: Sue Brookes
Those in the “No” camp have made it clear that a yes vote today will mean a divorce for Scotland and the rest of the UK and that it will not simply be a trial separation. A permanent separation will inevitably have a huge impact on all aspects of political and economic life, but what impact will it have on the laws surrounding family separation and breakdown?

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Share your story with Resolution


08/08/2014   By: Alison Bull
Have you had experience of mediation, collaboration or any other forms of dispute resolution relating to divorce or separation? If so, Resolution wants you to share your story with them. The aim is to help others learn about the alternative ways of dealing with their case. Your story can be shared in the paper or on the radio; and you can be named or remain anonymous as you prefer. Click on this link to find out more/ share your experience.

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Maintenance - meal ticket for life or essential support


28/07/2014   By: Nick Stone
When it comes to dealing with the financial consequences of a divorce, little divides opinion and gets people as hot under the collar as the thorny issue of maintenance payments after a divorce. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out that a man who uses the term “meal ticket for life” to describe the ongoing financial support he is giving to his ex-wife is not exactly over the moon about the payments. But is maintenance between ex husbands and wives the norm? If you pay or receive maintenance how long is this going to be for?

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Press conference with Sir James Munby: Divorce by consent, mediation and everything in-between


06/05/2014   By: Sebastian Allen
In a wide ranging press meeting, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, shared his views on divorce, cohabitation, litigants in person, transparency in hearings, inquisitorial judges, mediation and, well, everything else.

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Save the date: Gay marriages arrive early – for some.


26/03/2014   By: Nigel Shepherd
Same sex couples waiting to get married following the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 didn’t have to wait for as long as they first thought with the first same sex marriages able to take place from Saturday 29th March. Many have already booked their ceremonies to take place on Friday at midnight.

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Summer Wedding? The hot topic is pre-nuptial agreements!


24/03/2014   By: Caitlin Jenkins
Pre-Nuptial agreements, sometimes referred to as pre-nups or pre-marital agreements, have been the subject of the most recent Law Commission’s report. Not only are pre-nuptial agreements in vogue at the moment, they are also far more widely used, socially acceptable, and increasingly enforceable.

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The Budget 2014: how it might affect you


20/03/2014   By: Celia Powell
The 2014 Budget has now been announced, and there are a number of areas such as pensions, savings and property ownership which contain interesting changes that may affect individuals.

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Before you separate: tax issues to consider


17/03/2014   By: Celia Powell
When you are married, there are a number of tax advantages available to you which will be withdrawn as you divorce. Some of these tax advantages disappear at the point that you and your spouse separate or on 5 April following permanent separation, so it is important to consider how you might use these advantages before you separate permanently.

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Clare’s Law introduced on International Women’s Day: What about Men?


10/03/2014   By: Sebastian Allen
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - known as Clare's Law- has been rolled out across England and Wales on March 8th 2014, to coincide with International Women’s Day.

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Law Commission Recommends “qualifying Nuptial Agreements” should be legally binding – a view from North of the Border


05/03/2014   By: Tricia Ashton
In recommending that Nuptial Agreements meeting certain criteria should be made legally binding, the Law Commission’s proposals, if adopted, would bring the law of England and Wales in line with the law of other jurisdictions; and those other jurisdictions include Scotland.

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