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Chattertons Family law team

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We are delighted to announce Luanne Morton  – Family law solicitor, who deals with family law matters at our Newark office , will also now be on hand to lend her expertise on a wide range of family law matters at Chattertons' Lincoln office...

Family Breakdown - who comes first?

Liz Graham
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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 best...

What is Legal Aid funding?

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Legal Aid is a type of government funding that can be used to help cover the cost of receiving legal advice.  Chattertons do not take on Legal Aid cases , however, there are firms that do and a quick internet search should point you in their direction....

Are you struggling to maintain your relationship with your grandchild or grandchildren?

Claire Smith
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Here at Chattertons we understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have severely impacted upon all your relationships with family and friends, but perhaps more so adversely affected your relationships with your grandchildren, whilst you have been trying to...

Chattertons new look Family Law team

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Chattertons are proud to reveal our new look family law team, who will be on hand to lend their expertise on a wide range of family law matters from our offices in Boston ( Main Ridge West and Wide Bargate ), Bourne , Grantham , Horncastle , Lincoln , ...

How cryptocurrency can fuel asset concealment in divorce

Liz Graham
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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?

Liz Graham
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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. Desertion. 2 years separation by consent. 5...

What if my partner objects to our child being vaccinated?

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With the COVID-19 vaccine being quickly rolled out across the UK, there are concerns among some about the long-term impact and side effects of the vaccine. As a result, some are reluctant to get the vaccine themselves or let their children be vaccinated. The...

Covid-19 Vaccinations and Children

Luanne Morton
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With over 18's now able to access their Covid-19 vaccination the issue of vaccinating children has become ever more present, but what happens when parents are unable to agree on whether or not to consent to their child or children receiving the...

What amicable partners need to know about the upcoming changes to divorce law

Lucy Law
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Reforms to divorce law are imminent and it has just been announced will come into force on 6 April 2022. As lockdowns lift it is also anticipated that we may see a spike in divorces – where the stagnation of Covid-19 delayed unhappy couples from...

Considering divorce? How a Fixed Fee meeting could benefit you

Liz Graham
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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?

Liz Graham
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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?

Liz Graham
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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...

Pensions and divorce following Brexit

Jo Chidlow
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The end of the Brexit transition period has had well-publicised effects on divorce for international couples, with changes in rules regarding where parties can get divorced.   Impact of Brexit on pensions in a divorce Pensions are frequently...

Spring Budget 2021 - domestic abuse support

Liz Graham
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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...

Forewarned is Forearmed When Setting Up a Family Business

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Family businesses are often described as the lifeblood of the economy  and while many are hugely successful, running a business with a relative is not always plain sailing. Relationships can quickly sour, especially when money and livelihoods are at...

Are pension reforms behind an increase in "Silver Separators"

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In England and Wales, divorce was in decline between 2005 and 2015. The most recent 10 years of data available from the ONS showed a 28% fall in the number of divorces in that decade. However, older people were seen to be bucking the trend. In the same...

Interim Maintenance

Luanne Morton
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Separating from your spouse can be a difficult time emotionally, however it can also cause a great deal of financial difficulty if one party is the 'breadwinner'. It can take considerable time to resolve financial matters on a final basis so what can...

Protecting your business on divorce

Liz Graham
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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

Liz Graham
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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...

Good Divorce Week 2020

Luanne Morton
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The 30 th November 2020 sees the start of the annual Good Divorce Week. Each year Resolution raises awareness of their members and the work that they do while upholding the Resolution Code of Practice. Resolution is a community of family justice...

Child Arrangements

Luanne Morton
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When parents separate arrangements inevitably need to be made to enable the children to maintain a good relationship with each parent. There are different ways that this can be done. Arrangements can be made informally between the parents if they each agree...

Coercive and controlling behaviour, what can you do about it?

Luanne Morton
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Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic there has been a global surge in reports of domestic abuse, there has been a marked increase in calls to helplines and evidence suggests that the incidents are becoming more complex and serious. Not only have there been...

Virus transmission spike is matched by divorce advice spike

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There are concerns that the latest spike in coronavirus transmissions may see more relationships taking a hit, after a surge in divorce enquiries following the nationwide lockdown.   Back to school traditionally sees a peak in petitions for...

Covid-19 Self-Isolation and Child Arrangements

Luanne Morton
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Many people are now facing the prospect of having to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return from foreign travel. For separated parents who are travelling with children this may create additional difficulties where the other parent has remained in the UK....

Domestic violence - it can happen to anyone

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Domestic violence, also called domestic abuse , includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in relationships or between family members.  The issue of Domestic Violence has come to the fore in the press following the restrictions imposed as a result...

Family court hearings - how do they work in the Covid-19 world and will this be how things remain in the future?

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The COVID-19 outbreak has required organisations all over the world to adapt to new ways of working. Our family courts are in the same position and, as an essential service, they must adopt modern technology to continue to function. If you need to attend a...

A welcome change to divorce proceeding

Luanne Morton
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The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill made its way through the final stage of parliament last week. On the 17 th June the Bill was passed in the House of Commons following its third reading. The changes to be implemented by the Bill have long been...

BY YOUR SIDE

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            Here at Chattertons we understand that the COVID-19 pandemic shall have only served to intensify any cracks in your relationships and any disagreements regarding the care of your children. We appreciate...

COVID-19 Office Closure

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COVID-19 CLIENT NOTICE Chattertons are open and we are working hard to provide our usual high standard of service to our clients. We are now able to see clients for essential meetings, by appointment only.   Most of our advisors are working...

Coronavirus COVID-19 Chattertons Update

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Chattertons Solicitors  are open for business.  However we are following government recommendations and would encourage you not to visit any of our offices except by prior arrangement. We are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and are...

Why should you have a Pre-Nuptial Agreement?

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The Split: Pre-Nuptial Agreements are not just for high profile cases Currently airing on BBC at the moment is TV drama "The Split".  Featuring in the show are Fi and Richie Hansen, a rich and famous celebrity couple who entered into a...

A step in the right direction to end the decade

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Like many others, I very much welcomed the news that the first heterosexual couple; Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan, had entered into a civil partnership following last year's ruling by the Supreme Court. After a five year struggle, the ruling led...

'Pay as you go' family legal advice - 'unbundled or limited retainers'

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‘Pay as you go’ family legal advice - ‘unbundled or limited retainers’ Here at Chattertons we appreciate that not all of our clients have funds readily available to instruct us to go on record as acting for them in connection with...

Thinking about living together?

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According to the Office for National Statistics in 2017 there were 3.3 million cohabitating families in the United Kingdom and is it anticipated that these figures will rise.  The law does not give cohabitees the same rights as married couples and...

The end of the 'blame game'

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The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill received its first reading on 13 June.  It will receive its second reading on a date to be announced. The Bill will establish 'no fault' divorce, which is something that campaigners have lobbied...

No Fault Divorces

Jo Chidlow
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What is a no-fault divorce? January and the aftermath of the festive season can, unfortunately, be a peak time for divorce petitions. And there’s arguably more interest than usual this year. That's because the government has now completed a...

When are you off the hook? Financial claims can still be made years after Divorce proceedings.

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Many people may be lulled into a false sense of security after they obtain a Divorce from their spouse. Few realise that unless divorcing parties obtain a Financial Order from the Court, financial claims remain open against them. For that reason, it is...

International Surrogacy - what prospective parents need to know (part 3)

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International surrogacy arrangements have received very bad press in recent times. The proliferation of stories involving immigration complications, debates over exploitation and lengthy delays in establishing parentage, may have resulted in would-be parents...

International Surrogacy - what prospective parents need to know (part 2)

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International surrogacy arrangements have received very bad press in recent times. The proliferation of stories involving immigration complications, debates over exploitation and lengthy delays in establishing parentage, may have resulted in would-be parents...

International Surrogacy - what prospective parents need to know (Part 1)

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International surrogacy arrangements have received very bad press in recent times. The proliferation of stories involving immigration complications, debates over exploitation and lengthy delays in establishing parentage, may have resulted in would-be parents...

Findings of review into Sharia law and divorce are released by Home Office

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The Home Office has recently published the results of its review into the use of Sharia law in England and Wales. The review has been prepared by a panel of experts (which includes family lawyers) and has examined the interplay between religious marriages...

Child Maintenance - CMS or the Court?

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Sadly, relationship breakdown affects not only the couple breaking up, but also any children of the family, whether they are natural children, adopted or step-children. Whilst most separating couples agree that their priority is their children’s...

Parental Alienation: Courts may take children away from parents who badmouth the other

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The term “Parental Alienation” is now firmly on the Family Court’s radar and tough new measures are planned to combat it. Parental alienation refers to a process where one parent attempts to turn a child against the other, usually with the...

Domestic Abuse - does the Court's new guidance go far enough in protecting children?

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In October 2017, important changes were made to the Family Court’s guidance for children cases where domestic abuse has been alleged. The guidance was issued after widespread criticism that the family courts were not going far enough to protect the...

Female Genital Mutilation - How are the Courts protecting children?

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The horrifying crime of Female Genital Mutilation (or “FGM”) has been back in the spotlight recently. A channel 4 documentary, “The FGM Detectives”, has been following the work of a Bristol based detective chief inspector and her...

Cohabitation agreements

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In this article Lauren Kelly, solicitor with Chattertons Solicitors, looks at why living together rather than marrying raises particular legal issues, and why a properly drafted agreement is vital to protect the interests of people in a cohabiting...

Relationship Breakdown, Children and Court Applications

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Many parents worry about the impact of divorce or separation on their children, but the impact is often exacerbated when the parents are unable to agree arrangements for the children and one parent ends up seeing much less of their offspring than prior to...

What an Agreement is ...... and is not

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The impact of the end of a relationship, whether through separation or divorce, can cause stress for all involved, especially if disputes arise that seem intractable. Nevertheless it is vitally important to remember that the fundamental aim is to resolve the...

Do we need to see a change to current divorce laws?

Jo Chidlow
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Separation and divorce are undoubtedly difficult and a time of heartache and conflict, even for couples who have mutually agreed that their marriage is over.  Families have many practical things to deal with, such as minimising the impact on any...

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