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Divorce law blog

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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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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Protecting your right to be a parent in surrogacy arrangements


23/06/2015   By: Rose-Marie Drury
Having a baby through a surrogacy arrangement can often be a long and difficult journey for intended parents. It’s important to ensure that at the end of that journey your legal position as parents is protected. It’s estimated that up to 2,000 children are born each year to UK intended parents through surrogacy – the vast majority are born overseas in places such as India and California where commercial surrogacy is permitted. However, many intended parents are unaware that they need to apply for a parental order from the English court to become legal parents and last year only 241 applications were made for these essential orders.

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Child Arrangements and Overseas Travel


14/05/2015   By: Sarah Eley
The summer holidays are fast approaching! What could be better than jetting off to enjoy some sun, sand and sea with your nearest and dearest? Unfortunately, in terms of child arrangements, this is not always as simple as it might seem. And depending on whether or not you have a child arrangements order, the rules you need to follow are different.

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The truth behind the “get a job” headlines


30/04/2015   By: Nicola Rowlings
Last month, a lot of fuss was made about a divorce concerning a vet and a stay at home mother. You may have seen some of the newspaper headlines. According to those papers, the wife had apparently been told by a judge to “go out and get a job”. The headlines suggested that a sensational change in the law had taken place – that divorced women could no longer expect to receive spousal maintenance and should go back to work once their children were at school. But is that what really happened?

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Rights, duties and responsibilities of parents


27/04/2015   By:
When your relationship breaks down, you may be asking what exactly are your responsibilities towards your children? The answer has been spelled out by the Family Court in a recent, damning judgement* involving parents who both had parental responsibility for their two children.

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The Common law marriage myth


21/04/2015   By: Andrew Moore
A few years ago a British Social Attitudes survey showed that 51% of participants thought that unmarried couples living together for a period of time would have a “common law marriage”, giving them the same legal rights as married couples. The reality is that such a concept has not existed in England and Wales since 1753.

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As the Government reports record payment of child maintenance, what can you do about maintenance arrears?


28/01/2015   By:
Good news for families The Government reports (25 January 2015) that record levels of child maintenance are being paid by parents. The Child Maintenance Minister, Steve Webb, commented: “Contributions towards child maintenance in the CSA are now running at an all-time high of 86.5% and I am delighted to see the number of parents who are either not paying as much as they should or nothing at all continues to fall.” which is great news for families.

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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 Myth of the “Quickie” Divorce


16/10/2014   By: Jane Booth
The press often refers to so-called “quickie” divorces and websites are even marketing themselves as being set up to provide them. There is, however, no such thing as a “quickie” divorce. The process is the same for all undefended divorces in England and Wales.

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