Archived News from 2019

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Family/Divorce

December

Forbes News

Civil Partnerships available to all

09/12/19

Monday the 2nd December 2019 marked the first day on which mixed-sex couples could register their intent to enter into a civil partnership. This decision was made by the government in order to address the 'imbalance' permitted to same sex-couples in allowing them the choice between a…

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October

Forbes News

Forbes Solicitors Celebrates Legal 500 Successes

02/10/19

Forbes Solicitors is celebrating after being recommended in 15 Legal 500 categories and ranking as a Top Tier Firm, with 35 lawyers listed as recommended. Forbes' category recommendations are up one from last year, with Contentious Trusts and Probate being ranked for the first time. The…

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September

Forbes News

Clients opting for local legal advice

06/09/19

A recent survey published by Legal Services Consumer Panel has recognised that shopping around for legal services isn't always the best way forward. Just over one quarter (28%) of people shop around when choosing a legal service provider. Of those who shop around, almost half (44%) don't…

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August

Legal Article

70th Birthday of Legal Aid

02/08/19

The Legal Aid and Advice Act received Royal assent on the 30th July 1949. Ultimately, the aim was to introduce a consistent approach in England and Wales to help and support those who could not afford legal advice or representation and provide them with access to justice. Legal aid was and still is…

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July

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No fault divorce - It's the future?

01/07/19

There have been calls for Divorce law reform for a number of years and it now seems that a positive decision to that is imminent. MP's are debating The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill which, if passed, will overhaul the current system of fault-based divorce. The idea behind the Bill is…

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June

Legal Article

What is the difference between Non-Molestation Orders and Restraining Orders?

05/06/19

Sometimes people find themselves in a situation where they feel they need protection from a certain person. You are usually able to apply for a Non-Molestation Order if you are a victim of domestic abuse and the person you want to be protected from is a "connected person". A connected person…

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May

Legal Article

NO FAULT DIVORCE: Proposed Changes and How Divorce Law will be Modernised

23/05/19

The existing rules governing divorce are set under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. The law requires the petitioner to show that their marriage, or civil partnership, has irretrievably broken down. To do this they have to either prove that their partner (the respondent) is at fault, due to them…

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April

Legal Article

Not Complying with Court Orders can be Expensive!

16/04/19

Unfortunately we are seeing more and more cases where one party is either not complying with a Court Order in its entirety or, is picking and choosing which parts of the Order they will adhere to. This can be a very expensive risk to take. In a recent Judgement of CM and CM 2019 EWSC 16 , the…

Legal Article

Protection from Forced Marriage

03/04/19

The media have recently reported on the protection for girls from forced marriage by increasing the minimum age to 18 years. Campaigners have raised the issue regarding children marrying at the age of 16 years with parental consent as remaining vulnerable to forced marriage. Conservative MP Pauline…

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March

Legal Article

What would a no-deal Brexit mean for Family Law?

13/03/19

The Law Society has recently published guidance for Solicitors to highlight the changes in both civil and commercial cooperation that is likely to occur should the UK leave the EU without having reached any agreement on the 29th March 2019. The result of the UK and the EU failing to reach a…

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January

Legal Article

The most expensive divorce in history

11/01/19

The world will now see the most expensive divorce in history. The Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife are to divorce after 25 years of marriage. The founder and CEO of US online retail empire Amazon is the world's richest man, worth $137bn (£107bn). Mr Bezos has claimed in his Twitter…

Legal Article

Divorced women over 50 left behind with pension value by £100,000

09/01/19

Divorced women over 50 end up with pensions worth £100,000 less than their ex partners The press has recently reported that divorced women over 50 end up with pensions worth £100,000 less than their ex-partners. This is very worrying, but unfortunately this is something that is often…

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