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The impact of Covid-19 on the Family Courts

Jamie Wood
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Covid-19 has caused considerable disruption to the Family Courts, putting extra pressure on a system which was already overstretched. The court staff, Judges and family law practitioners have done their best in the circumstances to adapt and many hearings...

No Fault Divorce - The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill

Yasmin Iqbal
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Family Lawyers and Resolution members have been campaigning for a ‘no fault divorce’ system for years, in an attempt to reduce conflict between divorcing couples who are being forced to blame the other if they have not been separated for two...

No-fault divorce

Caroline Bourn
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All the members of the Family Team at Dawson Hart are members of "Resolution". Resolution is an association of 6,500 members who are family lawyers and other professionals who are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. All...

Spousal maintenance - to pay or not to pay?

Yasmin Iqbal
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Spousal maintenance is a difficult topic for any divorcing couple and there are a number of factors that the courts will take into consideration when deciding whether to grant spousal maintenance payments. The recent case of Waggot v Waggot (2018), which...

Quickie divorces -why only celebrities seem to have them?

Caroline Bourn
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In reality there is no such thing as a "quickie" divorce.  Divorce, for anyone, famous or not, is anything but quick - it takes months. What the media mean by a quickie divorce is a divorce that starts straight away and one that will not...

New plans to crack down on parental alienation!

Jamie Wood
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What is parental alienation?  Parental alienation occurs when, following a separation, one parent deliberately tries to turn a child against the other parent with the aim of permanently excluding that parent from their life. Parental alienation is...

The worries of being in a cohabiting relationship

Yasmin Iqbal
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The concept of a ‘common law marriage’ has long been assumed to exist by the population at large, being that unmarried partners inherit various rights and obligations towards one another by virtue of their cohabiting relationship. In fact, recent...

No Stellar Contribution Here

Yasmin Iqbal
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The High Court has recently ordered a husband to pay his ex-wife the sum of £453m as he failed to provide any valid reason to justify why the matrimonial assets should be divided other than equally. The parties married in 1993 and the marriage broke...

Ignorance is bliss? What to look for in a Divorce lawyer

Mahie Abey
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I was chatting to some new friends recently and talking about what I do for a living. This couple had been married for years and I was surprised that they really didn’t know what a divorce involved. This made me think that the majority of people have...