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Child Maintenance and Financial Support for unmarried Parents

17 March, 2016 | Legal Updates

The mother of a son by a Middle Eastern royal has failed in a bid to increase the child maintenance she receives from £200,000 to £800,000 per year. She had applied for the huge increase because she believed her son …

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Sex, drugs and separation: Divorce law after MAP v MFP

17 March, 2016 | Legal Updates

Divorce and unreasonable behaviour pretty much go hand in hand. Drugs, alcohol abuse and gambling addictions are unfortunately referred to on many occasion and is accepted as conduct so far as a divorce is concerned. But what about when matrimonial …

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Divorce and Financial Proceeding : Self Help Disclosure

26 January, 2016 | Legal Updates

When parties separate and look to divorce lawyers explain to their clients that full and frank disclosure of each parties financial resources will be needed before any substantive advice can be given. It is often in this context for a …

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Financial Proceedings in the Family Court : Dishonesty Doesn’t Pay : Part II

15 October, 2015 | Legal Updates

It will have been difficult to miss the recent significant press coverage relating to the Supreme court landmark judgment redefining the law  where one party to a marriage or civil partnership alleges that the other has failed to make full …

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Costs in Financial Proceedings on Divorce : Dishonesty doesn’t pay!

2 September, 2015 | Legal Updates

It is often assumed by the “wronged” party of a Divorce that the legal fees and court costs incurred to resolve their financial affairs will be met by their Ex who “put them in this position in the first place”. …

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Parental Conflict and the court : Re K v D 2015

8 July, 2015 | Legal Updates

Parental Conflict between separated parents and the impact this can have upon children is well documented within many arenas. The research paper Post separation parenting Arrangements undertaken by Jennifer McIntosh records “rigid arrangements often fuelled by acrimony and poor co …

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The cruelest divorce: You’ve heard about the men who dump a fortune to save on alimony. Now read this cautionary £2million tale…

7 July, 2015 | Legal Updates

This case outlines the limitations imposed upon enforcement of financial Court Orders even where there are capital resources to meet the same and the lengths one party will go to to avoid paying such a court ordered settlement. In this …

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Financial claims after divorce : is time of the essence : court allows wife to pursue a claim some 20 years after Divorce.

11 March, 2015 | Latest News

The judgment in Wyatt v Vince [2015] UKSC 14 was handed down today with the surprise result of success for the wife. This is now raising lots of questions as to whether the floodgates will open for lots of parties …

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Survey finds that more than half of the UK believes that childcare should be shared equally between parents.

13 January, 2015 | Legal Updates

More than half of the UK believes that childcare should be shared equally between parents, a survey by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has found. The findings show a marked move away from the old attitude that the …

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New EU Personal Protection Laws come into force

12 January, 2015 | Legal Updates

An EU regulation providing for trans-EU recognition of orders protecting, in particular, the victims of domestic violence comes into force on the 11th January consolidating the recognition of the need for on going support for victims of domestic abuse which …

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Divorce and Children : How to parent with all your heart when you don’t couple anymore.

29 September, 2014 | Legal Updates

The Transformation of Parenting in Marriage and Divorce The Voice of a Father Parenting, the act of having kids, changes everything. And I’ve noticed two types of parents. The parents who are prepared to have their lives transformed and welcome …

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Re S ( A child) ( Childs Objection) : Role of a 15years old child

25 September, 2014 | Legal Updates

*Re S (A child)(Child’s Objections) [2014] EWHC 2938 (Fam)   Hearing Date 4 September 2014 Question: what weight will a court give to rather wishes and feelings of  a 15 year old child?   Facts Minor – Removal outside jurisdiction. S, …

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Finances on Divorce: When is a final order final?

19 May, 2014 | Legal Updates

Financial order made within Divorce after final hearing but before Decree Nisi. Does the court have jurisdiction? JP v NP [2014] EWHC 1101 (Fam)   Appeal by wife against an order which set aside, for want of jurisdiction, an order …

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Children Arrangements Programme : changes to the courts approach

12 March, 2014 | Legal Updates

The landscape of private law children disputes is imminently set to change. Changes in legal aid have resulted in a significant increase in the number of litigants in person appearing before the court and a significant reduction in referrals to mediation. …

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Children arrangements : rights of Sperm donor to see the child

26 February, 2014 | Legal Updates

CONTACT: RE SAB [2014] EWHC 384 (FAM) BY SAMANTHA BANGHAM, LAW REPORTER – 25 FEBRUARY 2014 (Family Division, Holman J, 23 January 2014) Contact – Lesbian mothers – Sperm donation – Intention of arrangement The 20-month-old child lived with his …

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Divorce and the family Business. Setting up in competition.

3 February, 2014 | Legal Updates

Divorce will always impact upon the dynamics of a family business. However what remedies are there available to one spouse where the other attempts to set up in competition. The following case explored this point and allowed an injunction to …

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Child Custody / Access : Residence / Contact . Time for Change. Government to look to introduce the Child Arrangement Programme

7 January, 2014 | Legal Updates

The Private Law Working Group, which was set up by the President of the Family Division in August 2013 under the chairmanship of Mr Justice Cobb, has now reported. Its Report recommends the replacement of the Private Law Programme with …

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Children Financial Proceedings : Failure to Disclose : Father committed to prison

7 January, 2014 | Legal Updates

A father in proceedings brought by the mother of their two children involving an application for the financial support of the children has been committed for contempt for failure to comply with an order to serve a Form E. In …

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Spousal Maintenance: remedies for non payment : Means to pay.

3 December, 2013 | Legal Updates

Constantinides v Constantinides [2013] EWHC 3688 (Fam) Enforcement proceedings for non-compliance with a maintenance order in which the Court examines the test for determining whether the non-paying party has means to pay   The husband had been ordered to pay …

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Children Act Proceedings: Why its important to get the process right

3 December, 2013 | Legal Updates

Need for procedures which assist litigants in person: Ryder LJ Court of Appeal gives important guidance on children ‘without notice’ applications In C (A Child) & Anor v KH [2013] EWCA Civ 1412, Ryder LJ has said that “the case presents a …

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Court and Legal fees : Whose responsibility is it to keep them Proportionate?

26 November, 2013 | Legal Updates

Michelle Young has today been awarded a £20m lump sum at the conclusion of seven years of litigation against her former husband, the businessman Scot Young. Her legal fees amounted to £6.5 million. The judge indicated it is unlikely Mrs …

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Children Matters : Will a court send non Cooperative Parties to Prison?

18 November, 2013 | Legal Updates

Brown v Davies ([2013] EWHC 3523 (Fam) Sentencing judgment in respect of committal for contempt of three members of family of a woman, who had removed her daughter from the jurisdiction, for their failure to divulge the whereabouts of the …

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Father committed for contempt for breach of order to file Form E

12 November, 2013 | Legal Updates

A father in proceedings brought by the mother of their two children involving an application for the financial support of the children has been committed for contempt for failure to comply with an order to serve a Form E. In …

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Lump sum orders payable by instalments. Can they be varied?

31 January, 2013 | Legal Updates

Hamilton v Hamilton [2013] EWCA Civ 13 Appeal by the husband against the variation of an order made by consent, which had been held to be an order for the payment of a lump sum in instalments. Appeal dismissed. On …

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New rules on instructing experts in family courts

31 January, 2013 | Legal Updates

31 January 2013 The Judicial Office has announced new rules on instructing experts in family courts, which aim to reduce the number of expert witnesses who have to give evidence. The new rules and practice direction, which come into force …

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Graeme Roberts joins 174 Law

1 July, 2012 | Latest News

We are pleased to announce that on the 1st July 2012 Graeme Roberts of Wirral Family Law & Mediation Service has joined 174 Law and will continue to offer mediation and family law services under the 174 Law banner through …

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Warning – Property Fraud is on the Increase

26 April, 2012 | Legal Updates

In recent years there has been a sharp rise in theft of property title and property fraud [including properties bought for let]. For example a  Land Registry worker has recently been jailed for assisting property fraudsters to make millions of …

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