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Divorce law blog

…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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Top 10 tips for separated or divorced parents for sorting out the Christmas arrangements for the kids


09/12/2014   By: Rose-Marie Drury
We know from our experience as family lawyers that Christmas can be a really difficult time for separated families. Sorting out how the children spend time with both sides of the family is more likely than not going to an emotional issue for any parent. It’s likely to be in your children’s best interests that if possible you agree contact in advance rather than going to court so this December we’ve put together our 10 top tips for sorting out Christmas arrangements.

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The right of grandparents to see their grandchildren


01/12/2014   By: Andrew Moore
It should not be forgotten that when a relationship breaks down children may not only lose contact with a parent, but also with their grandparents. With two working parent families now the norm and the high cost of child care, grandparents are regularly called upon to assist the young family and can become part of a child’s routine at an early age. Children form their key relationships in their first few years of life and maintaining contact with key adults such as grandparents is important in providing children with stability during a difficult transition in their lives.

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Impact of separation/divorce on work


27/11/2014   By: Rebecca Lang
Coming to terms with the breakdown of a relationship is a difficult and emotional time for anyone. The impact that the divorce or separation process has on your personal life can also affect you in the workplace. Your relationships with colleagues can suffer as can your ability to focus on the job. Research commissioned by Resolution, the national organisation of family lawyers dedicated to promoting a non-confrontational, constructive approach to resolving family disputes, shows that one in ten people have had to leave their job after a separation or worked with a colleague who has had to leave for that reason. The process can also take its toll on your health and lead to periods of absence. 16% of the people surveyed said either they or a colleague has had to take sick leave as a direct result of the breakdown of a relationship. If you hold a senior position in your organisation, this can cause disruption and may have an effect on morale within your team. You may become more reliant on colleagues for emotional support and reassurance and this may in turn impact on their productivity. 15% of those surveyed identified divorce as having a negative impact on productivity in their workplace and 34% said that more needed to be done by employers to provide additional support.

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