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Ignore the family court at your peril – it means what it says

30 Oct, 2018
by: Cripps
The recent case of Re C (A Child) [2018] EWHC 557 (Fam) is a reminder of the extent of the court's power to deal with a parent who persistently fails to comply with a court order...
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Mixed-sex civil partnerships… but what does it actually mean?

3 Oct, 2018
by: Cripps
Civil partnerships are finally to be available to same sex couples.  At last, couples have a choice between getting married or entering into a civil partnership. But what are the...
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‘No-Deal’ Brexit: what might happen for family law cases?

27 Sep, 2018
by: Cripps
In the eventuality of the UK leaving without an agreement (‘No-Deal’ Brexit), the government has published a guide for civil cases and, in particular, family proceedings that...
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What do I do if my child doesn’t want to see their other parent?

12 Sep, 2018
by: Cripps
Relationship breakdowns can be difficult. Not only for parents, but also for the children involved. Separations are often fraught with arguments, bitterness and a general lack of...
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Light at the end of the tunnel for no fault divorce?

11 Sep, 2018
It has been reported that the Justice Secretary, David Gaulke, is to begin a consultation on no fault divorce, calling for the current fault based system to be abolished. The...
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Parental alienation

12 Jul, 2018
Parental alienation, at its most severe, has caused children to think their alienated father is a cannibal. This may be an extreme example but demonstrates the effect that parental...
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Civil Partnerships for all

28 Jun, 2018
Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favour of a heterosexual couple to have the right to enter into a civil partnership rather than a marriage. The Supreme Court ruled...
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January blues? Looking forward

26 Jan, 2018
Statistics show that the number of separating couples regularly spikes in January. This is perhaps not surprising. Christmas is an intense period, carrying high expectations for...
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Cohabitants are the fastest growing family type

14 Nov, 2017
According to the latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics, cohabitants number 3.3 million of 19 million families in the UK, having more than doubled from 1.5...
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Divorce agreements which can go wrong !

19 Oct, 2017
Many divorcing couples think that once they have obtained their decree absolute of divorce, and divided their assets, then this will bring to an end the legal obligations that they...
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What do I do if I think my spouse is hiding assets?

25 Sep, 2017
During financial remedy proceedings or as part of a voluntary process such as mediation, both parties will have a duty to the court and to one another to give full, frank and clear...
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Will our assets be divided equally when we divorce?

15 Sep, 2017
The short answer to this is… it depends. The aim of the law in this area is to achieve fairness.  Fairness doesn’t necessarily mean dividing assets equally, but it does mean...
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Do we have to go to court to get a financial settlement?

12 Sep, 2017
In short, no. There are many ways in which you and your spouse can reach a financial settlement on divorce, and going to court is just one of them. However, in order for a...
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Is equal always fair?

8 Sep, 2017
It appears not, according to the Court of Appeal’s recent ruling in Hart v Hart. Despite a long marriage of 23 years, assets created between the couple during this time were not...
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Can you claim that your in-laws should support your ex-spouse after divorce?

2 Aug, 2017
A wife’s family fortune should be taken into account when her divorce settlement is decided, her ex-husband has claimed. Hossam Radwan, a former Goldman Sachs banker, is arguing...
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How can I persuade my future spouse to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement?

7 Jun, 2017
A pre-nuptial agreement is, generally, used by the party bringing the greater share of the assets to the marriage.  If this is family wealth then it may be the parents who are...
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When should you review or vary a nuptial agreement?

2 Jun, 2017
The fundamental requirement of a good nuptial agreement, which is likely to be upheld by the court in the event of divorce, is for it to be fair and to meet the needs of you and...
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Which is better – a pre-nup or a post-nup?

26 May, 2017
Whether you decide to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement (before you marry) or a post-nuptial agreement (after you marry), depends very much on your circumstances. The key benefit...
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In what circumstances would I need a pre-nup?

24 May, 2017
When planning a wedding, often the last thing on your mind will be what would happen to your assets in the event that you were to divorce. There are protective measures that can be...
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Local fruit farmer appeals for a discount to be applied on his £12m divorce pay-out because of Brexit uncertainty

26 Apr, 2017
A fruit farmer from Kent, with a family fortune of approximately £30 million, appealed against an award that he pay his wife of 26 years £12.2 million by way of divorce...
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