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Cryptocurrency and Divorce

Cryptocurrency and Divorce
The use of Cryptocurrencies is increasing in popularity now more than ever. Family Practitioners are often faced with questions from clients as to how crypto assets are dealt with when a couple divorce. What are Cryptocurrencies?Put simply, it is digital or virtual currency. The most common type of Cryptocurrency is Bitcoin but there are others suc...
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Increasing court fees but court delays continue

Increasing Court Fees
September 2021 marked the increase in various court fees including those for Divorce and Children Act matters. Issuing a divorce will now cost £593 unless you are entitled to a fee remission. This is an increase from £550 and it arguably begs the question as to an applicant's ability to access the justice system and be able to afford to separate fr...
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Online Divorce made mandatory

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If you would have asked any divorce lawyer 10 years ago if it were possible to become divorced online, they would have thought you were asking for the moon. Yet here we are in 2021 with a completely online system. The courts have gone beyond just making an online service available to both legal professionals and members of the public and made it ma...
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Divorce and COVID-19

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Since 2019, there have been over 100,00 divorces in the UK, with the pandemic putting even more relationships under intense strain. In a recent survey conducted by University College London, almost 18,000 of those who responded stated their relationship with their partner or spouse had deteriorated during lockdown. Some blamed the stress of the pan...
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Parental responsibility considerations for the LGBT+ community

Parental responsibility considerations for the LGBT+ community
Following on from Pride month, we continue to look at how the law affects the LGBTQ+ community. In this article, Remyhs Baker looks at what parental responsibility is and the considerations for the LGBTQ+ community. Parental responsibility means all of the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities which, by law, a parent of a child has in relatio...
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Pinney Talfourd Family Solicitor Remyhs Baker appears on Family Law & Lattes podcast

Pinney Talfourd Family Solicitor Remyhs Baker appears on Family Law & Lattes podcast
Remyhs Baker, Family Team Solicitor, was recently a guest on the popular Family Law & Lattes podcast discussing Non Molestation Orders. Family Law and Lattes is a podcast for family law professionals in England and Wales looking for straightforward helpful tips or toolkits to tackle all aspects of family law - basically something you can listen...
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No fault divorce possible from April 2022

No fault divorce possible from April 2022
The much awaited The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will finally come into force on 6 April 2022. The new Act will allow married couples to divorce without assigning any form of blame and will hopefully make getting divorces a somewhat easier process for many. Irreconcilable differences We are often asked when a client wishes to proce...
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Directors be aware – your duties will be owed after you leave

Directors be aware – your duties will be owed after you leave
It is well established that directors owe duties to their company during their time in office. But the recent case of Burnell v Trans-Tag Ltd and others [2021] EWHC 1457 (Ch) (28 May 2021) has highlighted that those duties last long after an exit and clarified the difficult law in this area. Statuatory Obligations A significant aspect of the implem...
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The Positive Parenting Alliance launches the #ParentsPromise

The Positive Parenting Alliance launches the #ParentsPromise
A coalition of charities and stakeholders has announced the laugh of a new campaign aimed at parents. The Positive Parenting Alliance is asking couples who are still together to make the pledge that, should their relationship break down in the future, they will act in the best interest of their children's mental and physical wellbeing.Lottery winRe...
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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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