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    • Partner and Head of Family Department - Grantham
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Family Breakdown - who comes first?

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Where disputes arise between separated parents about the arrangements for children following the breakdown of a relationship feelings can run high and parents experiencing the turmoil of separation are often faced with conflicting emotions about what is...

How cryptocurrency can fuel asset concealment in divorce

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Divorce professionals are reporting that cryptocurrencies are fuelling a new trend of asset concealment when couples part. While offshore trusts and investments are well-known as tools used by the wealthy looking to hide assets, the increasing appeal...

Divorce - where are we now?

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As the law currently stands there is one ground for divorce, which is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This must be supported by one of five facts: Unreasonable behaviour. Adultery....

Considering divorce? How a Fixed Fee meeting could benefit you

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A separation can be a tough time for anyone, but where do you start if you are considering divorce proceedings, or have been served with a divorce petition by your partner, or you are struggling to agree on the best arrangements for your children and are...

Why do you need a cohabitation agreement?

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If you live with your partner, or considering moving in together, you may have thought about a cohabitation agreement . But do you actually need one? There is, of course, no legal requirement to have a cohabitation agreement to live with a partner, but it...

Nonpayment of child maintenance: What happens if a parent doesn't pay?

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Under a child maintenance arrangement, child maintenance is usually paid by the parent who does not have day-to-day care of the child or does not usually live with the child. If this payment is not forthcoming, the receiving parent could launch a civil legal...

Spring Budget 2021 - domestic abuse support

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The Chancellor has announced a range of measures to support the victims of domestic abuse in the Budget. Mr Sunak announced that there would be an extra £19 million spent to help victims of domestic violence as he recognised that abuse is one of the...

Protecting your business on divorce

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There is no doubt that the one of the results of lockdown has been the pressure that it has put on families and relationships, and for some those pressures have become so intense that they have lead to separation or divorce. The effect on the family of...

Divorce for same sex married couples rise in 2019

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Same-sex couples have been able to marry in England and Wales from March 2014. Since then, the number of divorces of same-sex couples has increased each year from very small numbers in 2015 to more than 800 in 2019. This reflects the increasing size of...

BEHIND THE SCENES OF DIVORCE: WHOSE NAMES SHOULD BE RECORDED ON A MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?

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For most lawyers acting for couples in divorce, the marriage certificate is a necessary document that must be presented to the Court when filing the divorce petition. Many people are surprised to see that at present only the names of the fathers of the bride...

Pensions and divorce: do you know your rights?

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For many couples involved in divorce proceedings the parties’ pension provision can form a very significant asset of the marriage. The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) has reviewed its online website content on pensions and divorce, and has...

Reaching a legal agreement after divorce: time is of the essence

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Delay need not mean that your ex-spouse cannot bring a claim against you in respect of the finances of the marriage. The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a husband in which he claimed, amongst other matters, that the trial judge had failed to have...

Appeal Judges Lift an Order Protecting Parties' Anonymity

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The Court of Appeal recently rejected an application for a reporting restriction order by a former wife involved in financial remedy proceedings against her husband. Tina Norman had claimed that her financial affairs were "private business" and...

Positive changes for Chattertons

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The Chattertons Grantham office has recently welcomed a Family Law Solicitor to their team. Liz Graham , who has been with Chattertons Solicitors since 2010, is a partner at the firm and Head of the Family Department. Liz has...