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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When you are married, there are a number of tax advantages available to you which will be withdrawn as you divorce.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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Law Commission recommends 'qualifying' nuptial agreements should be legally binding


27/02/2014   By: Tricia Ashton
Today the Law Commission published its long-awaited report on whether pre-nuptial (as well as post-nuptial) agreements should be legally binding. To no-one’s surprise, the report recommends that nuptial agreements, which meet certain criteria (so called ‘qualifying’ nuptial agreements) should be made legally binding.

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A long time coming: Japan ratifies the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention


26/02/2014   By: Sebastian Allen
Japan has endured sustained criticism for its hesitance in signing up to the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention. But they have now ratified the Convention, making them the final member of the G8 to do so.

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What will happen to my future bonuses in the event of a divorce?


07/02/2014   By: Sue Brookes
Many financial settlements are complicated by the fact that one spouse is paid a discretionary bonus and, when it comes to working out the right amount of maintenance, this can often be a source of contention. For the purposes of illustration let’s say it’s the husband who gets the bonus and the wife that is making the financial claims, although it would be exactly the same the other way round.

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