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Divorce law blog

Why is it being recommended that Muslim couples should have both religious and civil marriage ceremonies?

07/02/2018   By: Sara Hanna
Last week, the Home Office published an independent review of how sharia law was being applied in England and Wales. The review recommends that Muslim couples must undergo a civil marriage alongside a religious ceremony in order to give the couple (but in particular, wives) increased legal protection.

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Taking back control of separation with mediation

26/01/2018   By: Tim Whitney
There are many different emotions that accompany separation or divorce. One of the most common is the fear of uncertainty and the inevitable loss of control that comes with the breakdown of a relationship and the involvement of lawyers, judges and court proceedings.

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Don’t be scared of the MIAM!

25/01/2018   By: Andrew Moore
“MIAM” stands for mediation information assessment meeting. Contrary to its name, it’s an opportunity for those contemplating court action to learn about all of the non-court dispute resolution approaches, not just mediation, in a bid to avoid expensive and confrontational litigation which does little to support separating families.

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Is January really the time of year when most people divorce or separate?

24/01/2018   By: Alison Bull
Every January the press run stories about “D(ivorce) Day” when supposedly, as soon as the New Year starts, many of the population action their New Year’s resolution to end a current relationship. But is it true that the numbers are so much higher in January?

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Manchester Family Court launches new initiative putting children front of mind in proceedings

23/01/2018   By: Alison Bull
Launching during Family Mediation Week, Manchester Family Court has introduced a new pilot scheme that encourages separating parents to sort out their disagreements outside of the courtroom. The main driver of the new scheme is to help children caught up in disputes.

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Are you ready for divorce or separation? It’s allegedly the time of year when many of us find out ...

22/01/2018   By: Alison Bull
You may be sure you want a divorce, or unhappy with your marriage and can’t see another way forward, or on the receiving end of this from your partner, and don’t believe there are any issues in your relationship, or can see that there are issues but don’t know what to do about them or are faced with a partner who is not motivated to do anything about them.

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When is a marriage not a marriage?

14/12/2017   By: Rosie Pearson
Where two people take part in a ceremony that purports to be a marriage that ceremony can give rise to a valid marriage, a voidable marriage (a flawed marriage that may be annulled by the court), a void marriage or a non-marriage. This blog post discusses the status of the last category within this list: non-marriages.

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Pensions on divorce - a ticking time bomb

10/11/2017   By: Nigel Shepherd
We all know that divorce is sadly part of modern life. Although the overall trend recently has been a reduction since a high in 2003/4, just over 40% of marriages still break down. This can have far-reaching financial consequences for couples, in particular when it comes to pensions.

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Divorce is back in the headlines again

20/10/2017   By: Nigel Shepherd
2017 really seems to have been the year of the divorce. Firstly, the gathering momentum behind Resolution’s “no fault” divorce campaign, then judgments in the divorce case of Mr and Mrs Owens and now new divorce statistics from the ONS showing that divorces are up 5.8% on 2015.

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12/10/2017   By: Nigel Shepherd
We are delighted that once again the divorce and family law specialists at Mills & Reeve, the national law firm behind the award-winning divorce.co.uk website, have been recognised by legal directory The Legal 500 as being amongst the very best in the country for this area of work.

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