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Divorce law blog

MILLS & REEVE’S NATIONAL FAMILY TEAM RECOGNISED AS LEADERS IN THE FIELD


12/10/2017   By: Nigel Shepherd
We are delighted that once again the divorce and family law specialists at Mills & Reeve, the national law firm behind the award-winning divorce.co.uk website, have been recognised by legal directory The Legal 500 as being amongst the very best in the country for this area of work.

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Top Tips for filling out your Divorce Petition


02/10/2017   By: Eleanor Lowes
Filling out your divorce petition is the first stage in the divorce process which ends in obtaining your decree absolute, the final decree of divorce and your marriage being dissolved. It is important to ensure that your petition is filled out correctly as the court will reject applications where errors are made.

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Bank of Mum and Dad and the family home


12/05/2017   By: Camilla Highmoor
Last week, statistics were published by insurer Legal and General stating that parents will lend £6.5 billion to their children to help them onto the property ladder in the coming year; an amount similar to that lent by the UK’s ninth-biggest mortgage lender, Yorkshire Building Society. L&G predict that parents of buyers will be involved in 26% of all property transactions and provide deposits for more than 298,000 mortgages.

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Myth of the common law marriage leaves cohabitees vulnerable, a new survey reveals


04/04/2017   By: Alison Bull
A recent YouGov survey commissioned by us here at Mills & Reeve highlights that many people who are unmarried but live with their partners do not fully understand their legal positions and have no idea what rights they would have if they were to separate in due course.

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Family Law Arbitration Children Scheme


16/08/2016   By: Sara Hanna
Last week, the Institute of Family Arbitrators (IFLA) launched the Family Law Arbitration Children Scheme, offering individuals the opportunity to resolve disputes in relation to parental responsibility and other private law issues about the welfare of children through arbitration.

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New DIY Guide for Sorting Finances on Divorce


08/04/2016   By: Frances Bailey
A new booklet has been published this month by the Family Justice Council to provide helpful information and guidance to separating parties trying to sort out their finances on divorce.

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Court closures - a further blow to access to justice


12/02/2016   By: Nigel Shepherd
On 11 February the Government announced the outcome of its court closure consultation. 91 courts around the country had been earmarked for closure. The decision has been taken to close 86 of these over the next 18 months. Many of these are courts dealing with family cases.

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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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Backdating marriage certificates for couples converting civil partnerships into marriage


08/10/2014   By: Nigel Shepherd
Although same sex couples became able to marry at the end of March 2014 in England and Wales, there was a glaring anomaly, because those couples who had already entered into a civil partnership, were not able to convert that civil partnership into a marriage. The regulations providing the legal framework for conversion had not been sorted out.

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