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Sharland and Gohil: Nowhere to hide

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Yesterday a judgment, long awaited by many family law practitioners, was heard in the Supreme Court. This was in relation to appeals by two women that the financial agreements they had each reached when getting divorced should be set aside due to the fact...

A word of warning to the separated spouse

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If you are separated from your spouse, but not officially divorced, or are divorced, but did not do anything with regards to your finances at the time, it is really important to know what your rights will be in the future. The recent case of JB v MB...

London: The Divorce Capital of the World?

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London has often been described by the media as being the ‘divorce capital of the world’. Why is this? Surely it is not that easy for anyone to just pop along to the big city, nab a favourable divorce settlement and return to their country of...

January blues - Choosing the right solicitor

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Monday 5 January 2015 was officially labelled ‘Divorce Day’ by the British media this year. Whilst some people smugly trotted off to the gym, swore to never eat chocolate again and vowed to spend less and save more, others started off the New...

A Trip to the House of Lords

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A day in the life of a family lawyer usually consists of sitting behind a computer swamped in files and papers with the constant ringing of the office phone, buzzing of the blackberry and bleeping of emails going off in the background, a trip to Court being...

Your home but whose house

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It is becoming increasingly difficult for people to get on the property ladder. With mortgage companies now asking for deposits of around 20%, it is no surprise that young married couples are increasingly being helped by family members to fund the purchase...

Divorce and the cheating spouse: How should you proceed?

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The five facts which you may rely upon as the reason for your divorce are: – adultery – unreasonable behaviour of your spouse – 2 years separation with the consent of your spouse – 5 years separation – desertion If...

Cohabitation agreements essential for unmarried couples

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This summer, the Office for National Statistics announced that the number of cohabiting couples increased by 3% in the 10 years leading up to 2011 whilst the number of households which are made up of married couples fell by 5% over the same period. With...

Pensions - Is 50/50 always equal?

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I am not even going to try and discuss the entire topic of pensions on divorce in one blog article, but instead just touch on one particular issue which I have come across recently. This is what should be considered when all the parties really want is for...

The validay of religious marriages in English law

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Congratulations! You are engaged! It is now time to make your plans for the big celebrations. There is obviously a lot to think about – outfits, decorations, food. But what about the venue for the actual ceremony? Have you always envisaged your wedding...

Introduction of compulsory mediation in the Family Courts

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From 22 April 2014 anyone who wants to issue family proceedings will have to attend a compulsory Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM). For those of you who are less familiar with legal jargon, this is effectively a meeting with a qualified...

Litigant in Person v Represented Party

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Legal costs, in all areas of law, have been under scrutiny time and time again and tend to be one of the biggest fears which clients have when they initially agree to instruct a solicitor. In her speech to Resolution’s National Conference in...