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All you wanted to know about prenups but were afraid to ask

Robert Micklem
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Q: Are they only for the rich? No. Such agreements are increasingly being used by a wide range of people to seek to limit the claims that might otherwise be made upon divorce. An agreement more often relates to people who have: Built up assets prior to...

It's time to end the blame game

Gemma Artus
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The issue of “no-fault” divorce has been dominating the family law world for the last few years. Following the highly publicised case of Owens v Owens, family law professionals have campaigned for the Government to introduce new legislation to...

We're all going on a summer holiday....

Antonia Mee
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The summer holidays are upon us. What should be a time of happy anticipation can be stressful in the circumstances where separated parents do not agree on whether their former partner can take their child on holiday or do not agree on the destination. If...

A Better Way? Reaching an agreement without reaching Court

Antonia Mee
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For most of our clients, their priority is to resolve their matter as amicably as possible.  It is important for us to do this, where possible, to keep both their legal fees and their stress levels down. In terms of a divorce (this does not include the...

The Draft Domestic Abuse Bill

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The approach of the family courts in cases involving domestic violence has increasingly come under fire for not providing sufficient protection for vulnerable litigants. Concerns were raised by campaigning organisations and survivors that the legal...

Surrogacy for Single Parents

Peter Burgess
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Due to a change in the law on 3 January 2019, it is now possible for single parents who used a surrogacy service to obtain orders from the English Court, by which they will be recognised as the legal parent. Under English law, the surrogate is the legal...

For Kids' Sake!

Kate Newton
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For parents going through separation or divorce , the arrangements for the children will be at the forefront of their minds. Divorce or separation is one of the most stressful events that one can experience, but when there are children involved, the...

Hearing the child's voice

Helena Middleton
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When parents can’t agree the arrangements for their children (such as where their child will live or how much time he/she will spend with each parent) and family mediation is either not suitable or has broken down, one parent may make a court...

Civil Partnership Update

Gemma Artus
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Back in June, I wrote a blog following the outcome of the Supreme Court case of Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, a cohabiting couple seeking legal recognition that the current law surrounding Civil Partnerships was discriminatory. Heterosexual couples...

The Media 'meal ticket' Myth

Vikkie Chetcuti
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The expression “meal ticket for life” is the latest media speak for its 1980’s equivalent “taken to the cleaners”.  It is designed to strike fear in the hearts of all hardworking spouses that their future income will never...

Owens v Owens - No Fault Divorce

Vikkie Chetcuti
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The call for no-fault divorce in England and Wales was renewed this morning after the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the highly publicised case of Owens v Owens . By way of brief background, Mr Owens is 80 and Mrs Owens is 68. They have been married...

One step closer for cohabitants' rights?

Gemma Artus
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On Wednesday, judgment was handed down from the Supreme Court in the much-anticipated case of R v Secretary of State [2018]. This case is concerned with the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (CPA) and specifically, whether it breaches the parties’ rights...

Cohabitation: The modern family, the myth and your rights

Robert Micklem
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Cohabiting couple families are the fastest growing family type – they are the modern family. The latest figures tell us that the number of cohabiting couples more than doubled between 1996 and 2016 from 1.5 million to 3.3 million, and this number is...

Taking Control of Controlling Behaviour

Antonia Mee
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This week, for the first time, a man has been jailed for causing his former girlfriend’s death by suicide through his coercive and controlling behaviour. The mother of three had only been in a relationship with the man since March 2017. She endured...

Scotland v England

Kirsty Morris
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The relationship between Scotland and England has always been a tumultuous one, but history tells us the two nations are more alike than either would care to admit. There was indyref followed by brexit which has prompted talk of indyref2 then to...

Go West: Surrogacy Tales from LA to the West End

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Love them or loathe them, Kim and Kanye West’s decision to use a surrogate mother in the creation of their family has placed the international media spotlight firmly on surrogacy.  The Wests are far from alone, with the latest CAFCASS figures...

Online Divorce - Back to the Future

David Lillywhite
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The proliferation of 'online divorce' over the last decade (from intriguing novelty to market presence) has highlighted not just a growing appetite for accessibility but also simplicity in the process. It was therefore only a matter of time before...

Meditations on mediation

Peter Burgess
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It is #NationalMediationWeek this week, and so on our blog we are focusing on the how, what and why of mediation as a process. At the firm we have two qualified Resolution mediators - Peter Burgess and David Lillywhite who are trained to help clients work...

Ring the changes

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This January, we’re reflecting on change.  January is often a time of change and renewal in family life. Change can feel liberating, or it can feel devastating, but it can be transformative if managed well.  In the words of Barack Obama...