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What if Bill and Melinda Gates were divorcing in the UK?

What if Bill and Melinda Gates were divorcing in the UK?
As has been widely reported in the press over the last few weeks, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and his wife Melanie Gates announced they were getting a divorce. Mr. & Mrs. Gates are American, but had they been English, how would the Family Court of England and Wales deal with their financial separation? Bill and Melanie Gates were ...
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The modernisation of the Marriage Act

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Both parents are to be named on marriage certificates going forward following a change to the Marriage Act. Currently, a historical anomaly means that just the bride and grooms' fathers are named. This change has been campaigned for by a cross party group of MPs and also applies to civil partnerships. In addition, marriages are now going to be reco...
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New Mediation voucher scheme launched for Family Law cases

New Mediation voucher scheme launched for Family Law cases
A new scheme has been launched to encourage more people to use mediation services in family law cases as an alternative to the family courts.  The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has launched the Mediation Voucher Scheme which is being administered by the Family Mediation Council (FMC). Financial contributionThe scheme offers people a voucher up to ...
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Am I entitled to half my spouses income?

Am I entitled to half my spouses income?
A common question asked in cases where one person in a marriage earns significantly more than their spouse is "why can't I share in my spouse's future income?". In many cases the spouse with the high income will have built up that income capacity through the marriage and will have the ability to earn at a higher level than their spouse for many yea...
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COVID-19 - One year on

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A year ago today the whole nation's lives changed when we were all told to 'stay at home, save lives and protect the NHS' in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a sobering time and a reality check for most. A sense of fear and nervousness was experienced by many. People have suffered in different ways, have experienced life as we have never know...
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Lockdown love - unmarried couples rights

Lockdown love - unmarried couples rights
When the first lockdown was announced some couples made the decision to move in together to avoid being separated.  A year on enquiries concerning unmarried couples' legal rights and how best they can formalise their living arrangements have increased. Married rights v unmarried rightsUnmarried couples living together do not have the same...
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What happens to the pensions when a couple divorces?

What happens to the pensions when a couple divorces?
The breakdown of a marriage is a stressful and painful time. Often the most complicated aspect of the arrangements that need to be made is the financial one.  Most couples have both liquid capital (i.e. property and savings) and illiquid capital (i.e. pensions) which need to be shared fairly between them. What about the pensions?Some people ar...
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What does Rattan v Kuwad tell us about Maintenance Pending Suits?

What does Rattan v Kuwad tell us about Maintenance Pending Suits?
In the recent case of Rattan v Kuwad [2021] EWCA Civ 1 the Court of Appeal considered the approach of the court in determining Maintenance Pending Suit applications.In this article, we look at what a Maintenance Pending Suit is and what the case law has now said about interim periodical payments. What is Maintenance Pending Suit and the Procedure? ...
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Litigation Funding – is it an empowerment for the weaker party?

Litigation Funding – is it an empowerment for the weaker party?
Since I began practising Family law over 23 years ago, the funding of family matters has changed substantially. Most people have to fund the case themselves and the number of litigants in person, those acting without representation, has increased substantially. This is simply due to affordability and how people now choose to prioritise finances. Le...
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Separated parents’ concerns about contact with children during lockdown

Separated parents’ concerns about contact with children during lockdown
Many separated parents are being faced with the challenges of Covid-19 and what it means for them when it comes to contact with their children. The recent government stay at home guidance states that individuals may not leave or be outside their home except when they have a "reasonable excuse". A "reasonable excuse" does include continuing existing...
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Has COVID changed Family Law?

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We are well into a third lockdown and, although we have no timescale for when the restrictions will come to an end, there is the hope of a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccination programme continuing at a pace. Life in lockdown is difficult for everyone. For those who are back to working from home and home schooling their children, this...
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Pinney Talfourd’s Family team welcome Rukhma Sohail to the team

Pinney Talfourd’s Family team welcome Rukhma Sohail to the team
We are delighted to welcome Rukhma Sohail to our Family team. Rukhma qualified as a solicitor in 2019 and is interested in developing her practice in all areas of family law covered by the firm. Our Family team is ranked by Legal 500 2020 as a Tier 1 family team in Essex. Legal 500 is an independent and definitive guide to the best law firms in the...
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Angela Sharma joins the Pinney Talfourd Family Law team

Angela Sharma joins the Pinney Talfourd Family Law team
Pinney Talfourd are delighted to welcome Angela Sharma to our Family Law team. Angela qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and has over 20 years' experience as a family law expert.Angela specialises in cases involving divorce, financial remedy, child arrangement orders, cohabitation agreements, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, civil partnerships...
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Mum’s the word but not Dad

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A recent refusal by the Supreme Court to hear a final appeal by Freddy McConnell has shown that clarity is needed on Transgender rights in the UK. Freddy, 32, was born a woman but has lived as a man for several years. He retained his female reproductive system, and in 2018, with the help of fertility treatment, gave birth to a child.Mum or Dad?When...
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When lockdown equals break up

When lockdown equals break up
The current Covid-19 pandemic has changed all our lives in ways we could not have imagined 12 months ago.Working from home has become the norm for those still working. Doing online shopping, getting used to Zoom meetings, and doing home fitness classes are all common place whereas hugging a friend is a much-missed event.Sadly, Covid-19 has also had...
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How Brexit could impact Family Law in the UK

How Brexit could impact Family Law in the UK
The end of the transition period is fast approaching and with no Brexit deal in place yet, it means that EU law will no longer apply to the UK. Also known as IP Completion day, the 31st December is the end of the implementation period for the Withdrawal Agreement but how will Brexit impact Family Law? Issues Surrounding Divorce and Jurisdiction Jur...
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What about me? Hearing the voice of a child when parents separate

What about me? Hearing the voice of a child when parents separate
It is widely accepted that children are at risk of harm when parents separate. Unresolved conflicts between parents impacts on children of all ages affecting both their long-term mental health and future life choices.Often, sadly a child can lose the close relationship they had with both parents after separation. Wider costsThe current system ...
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Christmas contact during a pandemic

Christmas contact during a pandemic
As Christmas approaches separated or divorced parents often find the subject of contact with their children over Christmas challenging to resolve. In a pandemic, the question of balancing the welfare of the children and the restrictions imposed by government becomes even more difficult and confusing. Current government guidance on spending time wit...
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Resolution’s Good Divorce Week 2020

Resolution’s Good Divorce Week 2020
Resolution's annual initiative 'Good Divorce Week' runs from Friday 30 November to Wednesday 4 December and, this year, their Code of Practice is at the heart of the campaign. Who is Resolution? Resolution is an organisation of lawyers and other family justice professionals who are committed to following a non-confrontational and constructive ...
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Divorce during a pandemic

Divorce during a pandemic
Deciding to get a divorce will most likely be one of the biggest decisions in a person's lifetime. If you have already made the difficult decision to divorce, our advice is not to hold off because of the pandemic. Firstly, unfortunately, no-one knows when we will see an end to Covid-19. Secondly, there are some considerable court backlogs in court ...
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