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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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Major overhaul of the Family Courts to support survivors of domestic violence

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Many describe domestic abuse as a public health epidemic. According to the Office for National Statistics, two women every week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales. This figure is said to have doubled during the lockdown period.These figures are staggering, and it is clearly important that those working with families in w...
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The Family Court – The Road Ahead

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The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, sets out in The Family Court and COVID 19: The Road Ahead a structure for the ongoing operation of the Family Court for at least the next 6 months. It sets out very clearly that the Judiciary and HMCTS do not envisage a return to the 'normal' court working environment before the end of the...
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One step closer to no fault divorce

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Under The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill, a spouse will no longer have to prove fault in order to obtain a divorce from the other spouse. They can simply claim that their marriage has irrevocably broken down.The bill will also mean that spouses will not be able to contest the divorce unless coercion or fraud can be proven. The bill will i...
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Children and COVID-19 - A Q&A

Children and COVID-19 - A Q&A
The current health pandemic has caused difficulties for all families, not least separated families. Children have been away from school and their usual routines for several months now and in some cases this has also meant being away from the parent they do not usually live with.While some families have decided, in line with government advice, to co...
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Guidance for court hearings during the coronavirus crisis

Guidance for court hearings during the coronavirus crisis
Since 23rd March 2020 we have been told to stay at home and the country has gone into lockdown. But what do you do if you have a forthcoming hearing or made an application and are awaiting a listing? ​Given the nature and risk presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, the courts have given guidance on the use of remote hearings in order to keep everyone ...
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Challenging financial orders in light of the coronavirus crisis

Challenging financial orders in light of the coronavirus crisis
In such uncertain times, many practitioners wonder whether this pandemic has the ability to undermine financial orders in divorce proceedings. Orders are generally made to be final but what if an event were to occur shortly afterwards, which undermined the whole basis upon which the order was made? That is what happened in the case of Barder v Bard...
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How to comply with child arrangement orders during lockdown

How to comply with child arrangement orders during lockdown
The current public health crisis is unprecedented and there is general concern as to what to do when balancing the welfare of the child with the restrictions on movement imposed by government. This has been causing confusion; in particular, it is hard for parents to know how to facilitate contact in line with court orders.Thankfully, we have been i...
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How to self-isolate effectively

How to self-isolate effectively
With challenging times ahead, a lot of us could be facing an extended period of time in self-isolation with our spouses, partners, housemates and children. There is much uncertainty about how long this could be for and the impact it will have on our lives.The Government are providing daily updates but many of us remain anxious about various as...
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International Divorce FAQs

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Divorce is often a challenging time for anyone. If there are international aspects to consider, this can add to the stress. Our International Matrimonial Law specialists answer the questions they are most commonly asked about International Divorces:  1. Can I Divorce in England & Wales even if I am not currently living there?& ...
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Surrogacy – hand over the baby

Surrogacy – hand over the baby
More and more people, whether they are in same sex relationships or have fertility issues are choosing to use surrogates to help them have their child. It is not just for celebrities like Kim Kardashian or Elton John; but a real option for many couples who otherwise may not be able to have biological children of their own. We live in a modern world...
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Is it time to update the birth registration process?

Is it time to update the birth registration process?
The days when gender was fixed to either male or female are long gone. There is an increasing recognition that both gender and sexuality can be fluid. The formalities for registering the birth of a child have not yet been updated to reflect the current social and psychological reality of the diverse ways that families now exist. A child born in Eng...
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Advantages of getting a pre-nuptial agreement

Advantages of getting a pre-nuptial agreement
It is often common that married couples buy their first home together with unequal contributions to the purchase price, own assets of value prior to meeting their spouse, or find that their wealth increases during the marriage. Depending on circumstances, such as the length of the marriage and the age of any children, such pre or post marital acqui...
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How third party interests affect divorce proceedings

How third party interests affect divorce proceedings
As life has become more complicated so have divorce and financial remedy proceedings. More and more cases need intervention by a third party who for a plethora of reasons may need to become a party in the financial remedy proceedings. The most common scenario is when a family member has an interest in a property that forms part of the matrimonial a...
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Costly mistakes when couples divorce

Costly mistakes when couples divorce
Divorce is never easy and is an emotional time for all concerned. Don't let your emotions cause costly mistakes.It's all too easy to become embroiled in who is right and who is wrong and lose sight of the long term position. Here are some of the costly mistakes people make when divorcing.Not considering mediation​Mediation can save you thousands of...
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Social Media – Friend Or Foe In Family Proceedings?

Social Media – Friend Or Foe In Family Proceedings?
Social media usage is one of the most popular online activities. In 2019, an estimated 3.5 billion people were using social media worldwide.Almost every client who is involved in family proceedings has a social media profile; we look at the potential implications they could have on the outcome of a case.Almost every client who is involved in family...
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Can you ever force a parent to be a parent?

Can you ever force a parent to be a parent?
Can you actually force a parent to 'be' a parent when they decide that the role isn't for them? We look at the legal side of this debate.A difficult family situation​As a family law solicitor I am often consulted by parents, usually fathers (and so for the purposes of this article I will assume that is the situation), who are determined to continue...
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Happy New Year to Civil Partnerships

Happy New Year to Civil Partnerships
The Civil Partnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 came into force in December meaning that civil partnerships are now available to all. These new regulations were finally made on 5 November 2019. They came into force on 2nd December 2019 meaning those wishing to enter into a mixed-couple civil partnership can be registered on 31st Decem...
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