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Divorce law blog

Surrogacy and Separation


25/11/2015   By: Rose-Marie Drury
Putting your children first is often parents' first priority when separating. A few months ago I wrote about the impact surrogacy arrangements have on legal parenthood. So, what happens when intended parents of children born through surrogacy then separate?

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Listening to your children ..... #children first


24/11/2015   By: Alison Bull
Most parents who separate are worried about how their children will cope. You may feel very guilty that you haven’t been able to stop your relationship breaking up. Whatever the reason for the break up, and even though in the long-term it maybe the right thing for the family, its very likely that your children will not want it to happen.

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Putting Children First


20/11/2015   By: Jane Booth
Resolution’s Family Dispute Resolution Week 2015 starts on 23 November 2015 and the theme for this year’s Family Dispute Resolution Week is “putting children first.” Resolution have surveyed children and young people about their experience of parental breakup to find out whether children feel they have been given appropriate information, explanation and the chance to be involved in decision-making during their parents’ divorce.

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Conscious Uncoupling - the new way to separate?


12/11/2015   By: Jane Booth
It was splashed all over the press headlines when Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she and Chris Martin were “consciously uncoupling”, but what does it actually mean and is there any merit in the approach?

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Pension Sharing following a foreign divorce


27/10/2015   By: Philip Way
Modern employment requires geographical flexibility and many individuals will live in a number of different countries over a working lifetime. If you or your spouse have lived or worked in England, or worked for an English employer, you or your spouse may be a member of an English pension scheme.

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Keep Calm and Carry on Disclosing


22/10/2015   By: Nicola Rowlings
You cannot have failed to notice the media storm over Mrs Sharland and Mrs Gohil – the two wives who went all the way to the Supreme Court to overturn financial orders made in their divorce proceedings which had (it later transpired) been based on false and misleading information provided by their husbands.

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Some Might Say (not very much)


08/10/2015   By: Nicola Rowlings
“Inside Britain’s most toxic divorce”. “Husband cheated with 12 women in five months”. “Judge roasts wife in divorce hearing”. Surely a fearful prospect for anyone embarking on divorce and financial remedy proceedings these days is a possible tabloid front-page splash of the proceedings’ details. The widely reported divorce of Nicole Appleton and Liam Gallagher demonstrates not only how the marital difficulties of the wealthy or high profile can particularly attract the gaze of the media but also the disagreement between family judges as to just how “open” financial remedy hearings should be.

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Catholic annulments made easier


10/09/2015   By: Jane Booth
Pope Francis announced on 8 September 2015 that the process for obtaining an annulment within the Catholic church would be streamlined. The Vatican set up a commission of church lawyers a year ago to look at reforms to the process for obtaining an annulment. The Catholic church does not recognise divorce. It teaches that marriage is forever. In order for married couples to separate, Catholics must have their marriage annulled by showing that it was flawed from the outset.

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The course of a mother’s love never did run smooth:


23/07/2015   By:
Rebecca Minnock and the importance of obeying a court order. A mother on the run, a kidnapped child, a getaway car, a grandmother sent to jail…The dramatic events of the Rebecca Minnock case gripped the nation back in late May and early June. If you, like she, are intending to breach a Child Arrangements Order, think again. Judge Stephen Wildblood QC, who heard the case, stated: "Parents who flout court orders are the scourge of the system.” The consequences of breach may be detrimental and can only serve to harm your case in both the short and long term.

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The future of Family Law: The art of thinking independently together


23/06/2015   By:
With cuts to Legal Aid and the court system, the face of family law is changing day by day and family lawyers at all levels need to rise to the challenge of adapting. Careful consideration needs to go into looking at new options for clients and the forward looking family lawyer must investigate fresh ways to provide the correct support for those facing relationship breakdown.

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