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Xmas message 2016
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As we approach the end of 2016, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person I have worked with during the year. You are my clients…

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Domestic Violence
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1.8 million adults said they were victims of domestic violence in last year In last six years 598 women have been killed by current or former partners There were in…

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Non Disclosure of finances in Divorce-its not worth the risk!
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A landmark ruling permitting a reconsideration of divorce cases, many years on, due to the other spouses non-disclosure at the time of the initial proceedings. The Supreme Court recently allowed…

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Family Law and Social media-beware the pitfalls
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People are increasingly communicating and conducting their lives on social media – from attempts to mirror Bake Off cakes to marriages, births, deaths and, importantly for lawyers, divorces. Family law…

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Bird-nesting
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/family/birds-nest-custody-the-smart-new-way-to-divorce/ Interesting concept…not for every situation with separated parents but one to consider that might help reduce disruption in the chilld/childrens lives,which is always good.

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Gary Lineker is going through the friendliest divorce ever
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Gary Lineker and Danielle Bux might have called time on their marriage, but not on their friendship. Only two weeks after being granted a divorce, the pair had a raucous dinner…

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‘Divorce Month’ January is not a media myth
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Staff at a leading family charity say the idea January is “Divorce Month” is alive and kicking after calls to its specialist helpline and website visits went through the roof…

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Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney
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  For all our Wills, including more complicated Wills, like Trust Wills or a LPA, I will discuss your wishes and requirements and then quote you a fixed price upfront.…

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The media-reporting family proceedings.
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  I am sometimes asked to what extent the media can report financial remedy proceedings. A recent case in the High Court has decided that media reporting should be restricted…

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THE DIVORCE,DISSOLUTION AND SEPARATION BILL

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 by substituting section 1 of the Matrimonial Causes at 1973.

It will:
Replace the current requirement to evidence either a conduct or separation ‘fact’ with the provision of a statement of irretrievable breakdown of the marriage (couples can opt to make this a joint statement).
Remove the possibility of contesting the decision to divorce, as a statement will be conclusive evidence that the marriage has broken down.
Introduce a new minimum period of 20 weeks from the start of proceedings to confirmation to the court that a conditional order may be made, allowing greater opportunity for reflection and, where couples cannot reconcile and divorce is inevitable, agreeing practical arrangements for the future.
Justice Secretary David Gauke said:
“Marriage will always be a vitally important institution in society, but when a relationship breaks down it cannot be right that the law adds fuel to the fire by incentivising couples to blame each other.

“By removing the unnecessary mud-slinging the current process can needlessly rake up, we’ll make sure the law plays its part in allowing couples to move on as amicably and constructively as possible.

“I’m proud to introduce this important legislation which will make a genuine difference to many children and families.”
Margaret Heathcote, Chair of Resolution, said:
“We’re delighted that the government is introducing legislation which will help reduce conflict between divorcing couples.

“Every day, our members are helping people through separation, taking a constructive, non-confrontational approach in line with our Code of Practice. However, because of our outdated divorce laws, they’ve been working effectively with one arm tied behind their backs.

“These proposals have the support of the public, politicians, and professionals. We therefore call on MPs and members of the House of Lords to pass this Bill without unnecessary delay, and end the blame game for divorcing couples as soon as possible.”