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Divorce law blog

A cautionary tale for cohabiting couples


23/01/2012   By: Katherine Kennedy
The long running saga of Kernott and Jones finally came to an end in November 2011, after some three years of litigation, appearances before 4 levels of courts and the opinions, indeed Judgements, of some 10 Judges, from the original trial judge at Southend on Sea county court to Judges sitting in the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court.

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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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Direct consultation with children in mediation


05/01/2012   By: Alison Bull
Alison Bull recently qualified to provide direct consultation with children in mediation, adding to the array of services Mills & Reeve's dedicated family lawyers can provide their clients. Very few mediators currently hold the qualification.

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Kernott v. Jones - the story so far


08/11/2011   By: Katherine Kennedy
The appeal from the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court was heard in May and the Judgement of Lord Walker, Lady Hale, Lord Collins, Lord Kerr and Sir Nicholas Wilson is expected this Wednesday.  Below is an outline of the case to date.

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Family Justice Review published


08/11/2011   By:
The Family Justice Review panel, chaired by David Norgrove, has announced a number of recommendations for the family justice system, following what the Ministry of Justice has called, “the most comprehensive and far-reaching review of the family justice system since the Children Act 1989”.

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No longer a lottery - what happens to your winnings after a divorce


07/11/2011   By:
The High Court has made a decision about what happens to lottery winnings in financial proceedings after divorce, in what is thought to be the first case on this point in this country.

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Family Justice Review - an opportunity to improve family law justice?


04/11/2011   By: Nigel Shepherd
On 3 November, the final report of the Family Justice Review (FJR), chaired by David Norgrove, was published. This is the most comprehensive review of family justice for many years and makes a series of recommendations for the Government to consider and take forward.

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Pre marital agreements - one year on


20/10/2011   By:
A year ago today the judgment in the landmark Radmacher case was handed down by the Supreme Court. This judgment led to what is almost a presumption in favour of pre (and post ) marital agreements being upheld in England and Wales, in certain circumstances.

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Mills & Reeve's Roger Bamber recognised as 'Innovative Family Lawyer of the Year'


19/10/2011   By:
We are delighted to announce that Mills & Reeve's joint national head of family law, Roger Bamber, was awarded the 'Innovative Family Lawyer of the Year' at last night's inaugural Jordan's Family Law Awards.

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Transparency on legal fees


10/10/2011   By:
The chief Legal Ombudsman, Adam Sampson, has recently spoken to the Daily Telegraph about the problems surrounding legal fees. The Legal Ombudsman opened its doors on 6 October 2010 and is the body to whom clients can formally complain about their lawyers.

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