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Divorce law blog

Hints & tips for sorting the summer school holiday arrangements for children

30/04/2013   By: Caitlin Jenkins
Agreeing arrangements for children over the long summer holidays can be difficult for separated families. Here are a few tips to think about when trying to agree those arrangements.

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How should you share your children’s care after you separate?

02/04/2013   By: Anna Heenan
There are lots of myths about how you and your partner should share the care of your children after you separate. For example, a lot of people wrongly assume that courts are biased towards mothers. More recently, there have been suggestions, again wrong, that the Government is going to change the law so that children split their time equally between their parents. So how do you deal with care of your children after you separate?

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Relocation, relocation, relocation

20/02/2013   By: Rose-Marie Drury
The decision to move abroad is never an easy one and it’s all the more difficult if you are separated and there are children involved. If your former partner has parental responsibility then you need their consent or permission from the court to move your children abroad. You will need to take a whole list of factors into account and plan very carefully.

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The rights of the cohabitant: the unsettling reality

15/02/2013   By: Andrew Moore
What the vast majority of cohabitants will not be aware of is the huge difference between the financial rights they have when their relationship breaks down as compared to married couples. Those cohabitants who cling to the idea that they are in a “common law marriage” and will be “ok”, need to know that common law marriages have not existed since 1753 and the laws that apply to them on separation can be very unfair indeed.

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The impact of divorce on your children – the long term effects

23/11/2012   By: Andrew Moore
If you are a parent considering or going through a separation or divorce you are almost certainly going to be concerned about how your children will be affected and what you and your partner can do to reduce the impact on them.

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Why Christmas contact arrangements must come early

16/11/2012   By: Andrew Moore
As sure as Christmas means turkey, tinsel and last-minute present buying, for family lawyers the festive period also includes numerous phone calls from clients who need (often at the eleventh hour) help to agree contact arrangements for their children with their ex. Whether arrangements cannot be agreed or one parent is threatening not to honour an agreement that's already been reached or imposed by the court, the clients I speak to are stressed, frustrated and, at times, angry. This is far from the best start to what is supposed to be the season of goodwill. To avoid this situation, here are a few golden rules to help you ensure that your children can spend quality time with both their parents at Christmas.

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Paying to receive child maintenance

24/10/2012   By: Rose-Marie Drury
Government proposals to replace the Child Support Agency with the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) have recently hit the news. But what is likely to be the main effect of these proposals for parents? Could you end up paying to receive child maintenance?

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Government consultation on shared parenting

13/06/2012   By: Caitlin Jenkins
Today the Government has launched a consultation on whether the Children Act 1989 should be amended to enshrine shared parenting in law.

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Excluding your ex-partner from your home

06/06/2012   By: Andrew Moore
The Court of Appeal, the second highest family court in the country, recently heard a father’s appeal to his exclusion from the family home by way of an Occupation Order (The case of Re L (Occupation Order) 2012).

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Presumption of shared parenting?

11/01/2012   By: Nigel Shepherd
The Government is shortly due to publish its response to David Norgrove's Family Justice Review, which Mills & Reeve's Nigel Shepherd commented on very recently. One of the more controversial aspects of the Review was the recommendation that there shouldn't be any presumption inserted into the legislation that post-separation a child should have a relationship with both parents.

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