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Keeping it in the Family: How to Preserve Family Wealth on Divorce

10 Aug 2020

The need to plan for succession and providing for the next generation has undoubtedly accelerated for many families due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainties that it brings. Families are now wanting to review their financial affairs with particular importance being placed on preserving and…

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State Pension - Are you missing out?

06 Aug 2020

Thousands of married women, widows and divorcees are being short-changed on their state pension. The basic pension pays £134.25 per week, anyone on less than £80.45 could be missing out. It is not always widely known that married women, widows and divorcees can receive a pension rate…

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No-fault divorce to start in autumn 2021

01 Jul 2020

The end is now very much in sight for those who have been calling for reform to our fault-based divorce process. On 25 June 2020, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill received Royal Assent. Resolution have been campaigning for a modernisation to the law of divorce for decades and their…

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Surge in Divorce - Post Lockdown?

09 Jun 2020

Quite a few Family Lawyers have recently been predicting that once the lockdown starts to ease that there will be a surge in applications for divorce. Certainly I believe that this is going to be the case. A lot of people have put their own relationship difficulties on hold, particularly given the…

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Playing the blame game

27 May 2020

Although there has been a lot of talk about a no-fault divorce, spouses who have been separated for less than 2 years still have to "blame" the other. They must satisfy the court that the marriage has broken down irretrievably using either their spouse's adultery or their spouse's…

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COVID-19 changes to Family Law - Children's services and Adoption

04 May 2020

There have been changes to Family Law which have recently come in to force which include The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/445) effective from the 24th April 2020. They provide temporary changes to local authority duties in relation to children's services…

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Cohabitation - Your Rights

27 Apr 2020

On the 25th February 2020 Forbes reported that the Government advice for couples who were currently living in separate households should either move in together or stay apart during the coronavirus lockdown. This was confirmed by the UK's Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jenny Harries who stated that…

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Separation & Divorce during COVID-19

22 Apr 2020

Divorce itself is very stressful. Emotional and financial pressure can take its toll but if you then throw into the mix the ongoing pandemic with all its uncertainties, this simply adds to stress levels. At the moment, whilst Solicitors are still taking instructions to commence divorce proceedings…

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Domestic abuse killings more than double, amid lockdown

21 Apr 2020

A recent study has reported that in the three weeks between 23 March 2020 and 12 April 2020, 13 women and 3 children have been murdered at the hands of their partner, ex-partner or father. The current statistics show that this has more than doubled, from two victims murdered each week by their abusive…

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