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Divorce law blog

Government consultation on same-sex marriage


27/09/2011   By:
Last week, Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone announced that the Government will launch a consultation next spring on how to open up civil marriage (as opposed to civil partnership) to same-sex couples, with a view to making any legislative changes by the end of this Parliament (i.e. by 2015).

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International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - new appointments!


08/09/2011   By:
The family team at Mills & Reeve are proud to report that their international experience has been recognised by two further members being elected to the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML). Congratulations to Philip Way and Caitlin Jenkins who were both elected as IAML fellows yesterday.

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Mills & Reeve essay competition


02/08/2011   By: Alison Bull
Our Manchester office has run an essay competition in conjunction with the local branches of the College of Law, BPP and the Manchester Metropolitan University to strengthen links within the local legal community.

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Divorce UK App launched - download now for free!


22/07/2011   By:
Further divorce advice is now available as an app from the iTunes Store. Download now, for free.

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Should there be a presumption of shared parenting after relationship breakdown?


09/06/2011   By: Jessica Craigs
This question is currently the subject of a Private Members Bill going through Parliament with its second reading on 17 June 2011. The Bill proposes that a court can make Shared Parenting Orders and goes further in creating a legal presumption that such Orders enhance the welfare of the child unless certain exceptions apply.

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New court forms - don’t get caught out!


19/04/2011   By: Caitlin Jenkins
People and solicitors who are involved in court proceedings in the family courts have to use new court forms as of 6 April 2011.

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Law Commission Consultation on pre-marital agreements is now closed


12/04/2011   By:
On 11 January 2011 the Law Commission published its consultation paper on Marital Property Agreements. The consultation invited comment from specialists and the general public on the proposed reform of the law relating to pre-marital agreements (or "pre-nups"). The deadline for comments closed on 11 April.

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Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings are now compulsory


06/04/2011   By: Alison Bull
Today sees the introduction of compulsory Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) for the majority of applicants for family court orders.

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The Family Justice Review - what does it mean for you?


04/04/2011   By: Sue Brookes
The Family Justice Review was published on Friday 1 April and the proposals within the review recognise that the family courts often fail to provide justice and the current system needs to change.

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Representing yourself at court


30/03/2011   By: Simon Bethel
Simon Bethel of Mills & Reeve provides a few pointers for those who want to represent themselves in court.

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