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Divorce law blog

Top 10 tips for separated or divorced parents for sorting out the Christmas arrangements for the kids


09/12/2014   By: Rose-Marie Drury
We know from our experience as family lawyers that Christmas can be a really difficult time for separated families. Sorting out how the children spend time with both sides of the family is more likely than not going to an emotional issue for any parent. It’s likely to be in your children’s best interests that if possible you agree contact in advance rather than going to court so this December we’ve put together our 10 top tips for sorting out Christmas arrangements.

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The right of grandparents to see their grandchildren


01/12/2014   By: Andrew Moore
It should not be forgotten that when a relationship breaks down children may not only lose contact with a parent, but also with their grandparents. With two working parent families now the norm and the high cost of child care, grandparents are regularly called upon to assist the young family and can become part of a child’s routine at an early age. Children form their key relationships in their first few years of life and maintaining contact with key adults such as grandparents is important in providing children with stability during a difficult transition in their lives.

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Why a change in the law affects divorcing business owners the most


05/11/2012   By: Nigel Shepherd
*This blog post has been updated on 19 November 2012 to clarify that the Court of Appeal did not reduce the wife's award by £9 million as has been mis-reported in the press. Her overall award remains £17.5 million as originally ordered by the High Court. See below for the updated story.* You may have spotted headlines such as "Oil tycoon who used African law to fight £17 million divorce wins landmark case to slash payout to wife by £9 million" in the press last weekend. These all concerned a particularly high-profile decision in a Court of Appeal case called Petrodel Resources Limited v Prest. The case will have a real impact on business owners who are divorcing and will likely mean that wealth protection measures such as pre-nuptial agreements and family investment companies will become more important than ever.

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Sharing inherited wealth on divorce


17/10/2012   By: Philip Way
A decision from the divorce courts in a recent case has looked again at the way that inherited assets are divided when a couple splits up. The result is a reminder that the courts will consider a range of factors in every case and may decide that sharing out the couple's assets exactly 50/50 is not the most fair approach.

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