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New chair of Resolution Issues Rallying Cry for No Fault Divorce

Published: 29th April 2016

In his first speech in his new role as chair of national family law organisation Resolution, Nigel Shepherd has called for family lawyers to continue to lobby for ‘no fault’ divorces in England and Wales.

New Guide Launched to Help Litigants in Person with the Divorce Process

Published: 22nd April 2016

A new guide has been released by the Family Justice Council to help Litigants in Person (that is, individuals without legal representation) to navigate their way through the divorce process.

Spousal maintenance - what is it and do I have to pay it?

Published: 20th April 2016

Not to be confused with child maintenance, spousal maintenance is an income claim that can be made in addition to capital and pension claims upon divorce. It is paid by a wife or a husband to their former spouse, usually monthly, to enable them to meet their day-to-day needs, and is particularly likely to arise if one party has a lower income (or no income at all).

The Importance of Obtaining a Financial Order on Divorce

Published: 11th April 2016

It is commonly believed that when a couple divorce their financial ties are severed. This is not the case. Whilst the final decree of divorce, known as Decree Absolute, legally dissolves the marriage, it has no effect over the finances.

Worried About Care Costs Draining Your Family's Inheritance?

Published: 7th April 2016

As various changes to the Inheritance Tax rules continue to come into effect, we seem to be becoming less concerned about Inheritance Tax eating into the inheritance we leave to our children and more concerned about care costs.

The Ministry of Justice Increases Divorce Fees by 34%

Published: 31st March 2016

On 21st March 2016, the Ministry of Justice increased divorce fees from £410 to £550. With the announcement being made at short notice and with a distinct lack of publicity, the fee increases have caught many family lawyers – and their clients – off guard.

Upper Tribunal Judge Offers Guidance on intimidation in child support cases

Published: 23rd March 2016

An Upper Tribunal judge has addressed the concerns of parents who have worries about attending child support hearings for fear of intimidation from their former partners.

Do you need permission to take your children out of the country after Separation?

Published: 16th March 2016

Many separated parents are unaware that they may need permission from the other parent to take their child(ren) out of the jurisdiction of England and Wales on holiday. Legally, where parents are separated and one parent wants to take the child(ren) out of the country temporarily, on holiday for example, the parent removing the child(ren) may need to obtain permission from every person with Parental Responsibility - which means those with the legal rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority a parent has for a child and the child's property.

Rights of Cohabiting Couples and the “Common Law” Marriage Myth

Published: 14th March 2016

One of the most common misconceptions in family law is the idea that cohabiting couples have the same rights as married couples.  In a survey undertaken in 2013 by OneplusOne, a surprising share of respondents (approximately 40%) believed that simply living together without being married gave couples the same rights as married couples.

Top Family Judges in Disagreement over Divorce Privacy

Published: 9th March 2016

High Court Family Judge Mr Justice Moor has warned that a disagreement between senior members of the judiciary over privacy in high value divorce cases "needs to be dealt with" and that clarification from the Court of Appeal over what private information the public has access to is long overdue.

Could a 'no fault divorce' system benefit the UK?

Published: 4th March 2016

There has been much debate over the years as to whether the UK should adopt a 'no fault divorce' system. Although other countries have successfully adopted this system, the postponement of the second reading of the No Fault Divorce Bill to 11th March 2016 suggests it is still some way off. But would a 'no fault divorce' option actually benefit the UK?

ONS report reveals almost 2m people were victims of domestic abuse last year

Published: 1st March 2016

A recent report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that almost 2 million people have been victims of abuse from partners or family members over the past year.

Campaigners call for the extension of civil partnerships to heterosexual couples

Published: 12th February 2016

On 13th January 2016, campaigners, MPs and family lawyers hosted a discussion panel to explore the possibility of extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples.

Can you apply for a mortgage when your income comes from child support?

Published: 9th February 2016

Many divorcing and separating couples believe that they can't successfully apply for a mortgage when their sole income (or the majority of their income) is made up from payments of child support, but is this true?

The Importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney

Published: 13th January 2016

We are all aware of the benefits of drawing up a will so that you can make provisions for the winding up of your affairs after death, but too few people understand the benefits of having a Lasting Power of Attorney.

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