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Divorce law blog

What is Parental Alienation, and how can I avoid it?


28/04/2017   By: Camilla Highmoor
The psychological and emotional manipulation of a child by one parent against the other, parental alienation has recently been described by Anthony Douglas, chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) as “a form of neglect”. In extreme, but sadly not unusual circumstances, this form of psychological abuse leads to the long-term, or even permanent, estrangement of a child from one parent and/or other family members. Research shows that parental alienation can also increase the risk of the child developing mental and physical illnesses and the likelihood of substance abuse and addiction in later years

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How WILL I protect my assets?


06/04/2017   By: Caitlin Jenkins
“I have been cohabiting with my partner for years. We have no wills but surely they’ll inherit everything on my death?” What happens when one cohabitee dies? Our research revealed that 44 per cent of the cohabiting couples surveyed had not made a will. It is important to know what difference having a will makes because, unlike married couples, cohabiting couples have no right to inherit from each other under the intestacy rules.

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Safe as houses? The unmarried couple and the family home


05/04/2017   By: Nick Stone
“We’ve lived together as common-law spouses, do I have rights over my home now we’re separating?” Not necessarily. As shown by our recent survey, many people believe that unmarried couples who live together for a number of years have the same rights to property and financial support on separation as married couples. But there is no such thing as a common law marriage and the laws applied to divide a cohabiting couple’s property are very different from the laws used to divide a married couple’s assets.

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Myth of the common law marriage leaves cohabitees vulnerable, a new survey reveals


04/04/2017   By: Alison Bull
A recent YouGov survey commissioned by us here at Mills & Reeve highlights that many people who are unmarried but live with their partners do not fully understand their legal positions and have no idea what rights they would have if they were to separate in due course.

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Can an opposite sex couple enter into a civil partnership?


14/03/2017   By: Emma Noble
The Court of Appeal recently decided that, no, opposite sex couples cannot enter into a civil partnership. However, the judgment was far from clear cut and the decision adds to the growing pressure on the government to reform the law for unmarried couples on separation.

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Can a judge stop me divorcing my ex?


01/03/2017   By: Amardeep Bahia
It may seem surprising (and archaic) that you are denied a divorce on the basis that your husband’s constant beratings are "minor altercations of a kind to be expected in a marriage” and that you’re “more sensitive than most wives”, but that’s exactly what happened in the case of Mrs Owens. Her case may be highly unusual but it shines a light on the need for divorce law reform.

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What happens if my ex breaches a child arrangements order?


15/02/2017   By: Claire Molyneux
What can you do if the court has made a child arrangements order (CAO) relating to your child but your ex is not complying with it?

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The effect of bankruptcy on your divorce


15/11/2016   By: Administrator Account
Within divorce proceedings the Family Court can make a number of financial orders in order to fairly

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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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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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