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

Sameena Alladin
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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...

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

Liz Graham
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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?

Liz Graham
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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

Liz Graham
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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

Liz Graham
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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...

COHABITATION LAW IS FAILING 3.3 MILLION FAMILIES

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According to Resolution, figures recently published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the current law is failing cohabiting families. Resolution, an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family...

Jolie v Pitt and the 'No Fault Divorce'

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The news that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from her husband, Brad Pitt has caused a media storm with newspapers and gossip magazines eager to report on all the gory details of the reasons for the split of the Hollywood couple. However, because...

The meaning of Parental Alienation

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The Guardian newspaper has recently reported on the success of a new government funded initiative by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) and the Tavistock Centre for Couple Counselling to support parents affected by what is...

What is Parental Responsibility and do I have it?

Jo Chidlow
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What is Parental Responsibility and do I have it? Many parents consult us about what is meant by the phrase Parental Responsibility.  Parental Responsibility (PR) is defined under the Children Act 1989 as “All the rights, duties, powers,...

Summer holidays approaching... Permission to take children abroad?

Jo Chidlow
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The summer holidays are almost upon us, and many parents consult us in relation to what they can or cannot do in relation to taking their children on holiday. If there is no Order in place the consent of all those with parental responsibility is required...

Family Solicitor joins Newark team

Sameena Alladin
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Local legal firm, Chattertons, is pleased to welcome Sameena Alladin to their Family Department . She has recently joined the Firm after Chattertons acquired the practice of Henry Thompson & Sons (Grantham) in March. Sameena is based at the...

Silver Splitters Separation Stats Soaring

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Recent divorce statistics provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows rates for divorcing couples in aged 60 and above have significantly increased since the 1990s. In fact, according to the ONS, for people aged 60 and...

Pre-Nups - Definitely Maybe?

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Family Law Solicitors Nick Robertshaw reflects on a well prepared pre-nuptial agreement. Celebrity divorces are not often out of the news, but two recent cases caught my eye, not only because of who was involved, but also because they seemed to highlight...

Landmark divorce ruling could trigger increase in financial claims

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Were all financial matters resolved when you divorced? In a recent landmark ruling a woman whose marriage broke down more than 30 years ago has won the right to the seek payments from her ex-husband. The case highlights the importance of obtaining a...

Living with a partner

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Many people think that if you live with a partner for a couple of years you acquire the same rights as married couples. In fact, unmarried couples have hardly any automatic rights at all. A  Living Together or Cohabitation Agreement  can be used...