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Co-parenting as a concept

Following on from my last blog, the Daily Mail looked at the increasingly popular trend (particularly in the US) of co-parenting in...

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Avoiding the pitfalls of co-parenting

Yesterday the High Court dealt with a case that looks at modern parenting.

The parents met online, not through a dating website,...

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Married for only four months...

I remember reading about this seemingly perfect union and now it's all over after such a short period of time. If couples like this...

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Has the wedding industry gone berserk?

The Perfect Day Cloud Bursting service is offering (for only £100,000) guaranteed weather for your special day - really?!

I agree...

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More Costs Orders please

I am currently acting for a husband and about to issue an application with the court to enforce the terms of an Order between him and...

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Dubai's divorces up 34% in 2014

At this time of year we start to see all of the marriage and divorce statistics from 2014. Here are the ones for Dubai. The UK does...

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The new pension rules

The new change in the pension rules, which means holders being able to draw the full fund in cash, definitely gives more options for...

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Liam Gallagher - dodging child maintenance?

Oasis star Liam Gallagher faces more fines if he doesn't pay up for his love child.

American courts are dealing with the matter.

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Heather Mills speaks out about her divorce

It doesn't have to be like this! We give our clients the opportunity and options to be able to divorce with dignity.

Heather Mills has said losing her leg was "easier to cope with" than what happened after her divorce from Sir Paul McCartney.

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Costs orders in financial proceedings

The case below gives another warning about 'stoic non-disclosure' when in financial proceedings as part of divorce.

The husband...

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Final Report of the Financial Remedies Working Group is now available

A helpful report with recommendations but has it gone far enough?

The Financial Remedies Working Group (‘the group’) was established by the President of the Family Division in June 2014. It has been...…

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Same sex divorces

Although this is an American case, obviously with the introduction of same sex marriages and with civil partnerships already having...

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Deciding on baby names?

This is a bizarre french case, with a very sensible ruling, preventing a baby being from being called "Nutella".

Why would parents...

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A new set of standards for family mediators

The long awaited unification of all family mediators has now happened. This can only be good news for the public who will now be able...

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10 Top tips to help you through divorce

A helpful article for couples of thinking about what to do next if they are contemplating divorce and how to put their children first.

Divorce lawyers report a 30 per cent upturn in business this month – and one in four parents have considered separation at some point,...…

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Business assets aren't ignored on divorce

A husband in New York has recently found out to his cost that business assets are not ignored on divorce.

Whilst the approaches in...

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The plight of children in divorce

Was this the right decision? All too often parents use children as the last means of controlling their ex partner. However, on...

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Pre Nuptials hit the headlines again

Its not very romantic but ....

Valentine’s Day is a popular date for marriage proposals and so it may be a good point early in the year to consider the current position...…

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Be careful....

Over the weekend I bumped into a fellow dog walker who I know in passing and he asked me if he could ask me a quick question as he had...

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A common problem ?


My father is engaged to be married for the second time. My siblings and I are anxious that, should the marriage not work out, a sizeable...…

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Earn more than £60,000 and receive child benefit? You might want to take heed..

If the answer is yes, then this is the first year in which the government can reclaim 100% of the child benefit..

Child benefit returns deadline looms LEGAL NEWS | 23 January 2015 This is the first year in which the government will reclaim 100 per...…

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As Vatican Revisits Divorce, many Catholics Long for Acceptance.

It will be interesting to see how this issue develops over the coming months.

Pope Francis, who plans to make his first trip to the United States in September to attend a conference on families, has acknowledged the...…

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Divorce or Judicial Separation?

An interesting case where a wife tried to sue her lawyers for not advising her that divorce proceedings would end her marriage.

As...

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Domestic violence challenge on legal aid fails

It is important that we find a way to help any victim of domestic violence so that they can get the advice they need, when they need...

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Is divorce too easy for women?

I don't necessarily agree with Baroness Deech below but it is important whether it is the husband or the wife that they have realistic...

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Importance of jurisdiction

Jurisdiction is going to become more and more of an issue with people getting married abroad and living abroad before settling in the...

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Importance of curbing costs

This case is a salutary lesson in lawyers NOT running up costs and in ensuring, once again, that there is full financial disclosure. ...

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The Child of Divorce

This is an extremely powerful video, putting across a child's perspective on his parent's divorce.

There are so many things a...

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Legal aid cuts hit divided families as contact centres close down

Anguish as lifeline neutral spaces for separated parents who cannot agree access rights suffer dramatic fall in referrals

Child contact centres, where children meet their separated parents who cannot agree access rights, are disappearing as legal aid cuts...…

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Life after divorce

Divorce is never easy, but it's always good to hear that couples who have split up can maintain a good relationship, especially when...

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How do you view infidelity ?

A recent study has shown that men are more likely than women to be more upset by sexual infidelity.

You can rely on the fact of...

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Court divorce fee increase cancelled

It is good to see the Government listening in a consultation to the overwhelming number of people disagreeing with an increase in the...

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More on disclosure

And this just goes to prove what might happen as regards the original order if there is not full disclosure

Chapman v Kawash [2014] EWHC 4481 (Fam) Application by W to appeal, out of time, a consent order making financial provision for her....…

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Duty to fully disclose finances

This is a great piece that shows the importance of being completely open in parties' financial disclosure. The judge decided that the...

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Seven steps to ease the pain of breakup.....I actually think there should be an eighth which is to have a really good family solicitor support and advice throughout the process

The beginning of the year is when divorce rates peak in the UK and lawyers see a 30 per cent increase in people seeking advice on a...

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Costs & Court Bundles

In a recent case of Seagrove v Sullivan a couple, who weren't married but had lived together, spent a total of £1.3 million on legal...

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Social media & divorce

Facebook and other social networking sites have increasingly played a role in the breakdown of relationships.

Some feel that such...

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Happily wed? Getting ready for divorce.

The new year divorces will not find everyone completely unprepared. A surprising number of women keep a contingency divorce fund,...

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Maybe a Pre-nup would be a good idea ...

It is always nice to see good news like Stephen Fry getting married albeit he was hoping to keep his plans private .

I wonder...

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"Happy New Year not expected by all "reports the Lancashire Evening Post . We find at Freeths that there are many different reasons for a relationship breakdown so make sure you have the right advice to enable you to cope with it

Research by QualitySolicitors shows that over a half of married couples in the North West admit they have been giving their...

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Thinking of separating?

Research shows a 1/4 of parents, living with their partner and children think about separating from their partner for some time and in...

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In any divorce it is possible to put the childrens interests first ,we at Freeths understand the importance of successful separated parenting

If you’re considering splitting up with your spouse, you don’t necessarily have to feel guilty — at least when it comes to your kids. Or...…

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Divorce needn't be acrimonious

With so many ways of separating amicably, it's hard to believe how some couples fight to the bitter end, with what seems like such...

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Pitfalls and perils of Court proceedings

Although some cases have no alternative but to go to Court, it should always be a last resort.

There are so many alternative ways...

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Oil tycoon divorce continues - part 2..

In the latest twist to the case, reports say that Arnall has cashed her husband's cheque, despite declining the money earlier this...

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Is it possible to have a happy divorce?

Some good advice for a happy divorce.

I always explain to my clients what they can do to try and ensure their divorce is dealt with...

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The Oil tycoon's divorce drama continues

Harold Hamm divorce: Oil tycoon's ex-wife rejects $1bn handwritten cheque because settlement figure is 'not enough'

One of the largest divorce cases in US history has served up another extraordinary twist after oil tycoon Harold Hamm’s ex-wife rejected...…

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Tumbling divorce rates?

Some predict there will be fewer divorces this year, we will have to see whether that rings true.

I often see clients for an initial...

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Child Maintenance - where do you stand?

Clients often ask for help when it comes to working out child maintenance.

Parents can always contact the Child Maintenance Service...

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Age matters

According to a recent article, you are more likely to stay together if there is a small age gap.

For women on the lookout for Mr Right, it might pay to search for someone your own age. According to a new study that compiled polling...…

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Lawyers prepare for 'Divorce Day' as Christmas holidays take their toll

The first working Monday of January traditionally sees huge numbers end their marriages

Legal firms are bracing themselves for ‘Divorce Monday’ when they typically see a surge in queries from spouses planning to break up...…

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Husband's special contribution reflected

In the settlement of a recent high value divorce (Cooper Hohn v Hohn), the court has reflected the husband's work in building up...

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