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Divorce mistakes

Things can go wrong with a divorce through mistakes even where it seems there is agreement that the marriage is over and there is no dispute over...

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Dealing with CAFCASS

CAFCASS reports A judge who has asked CAFCASS to prepare a report advising the court on what is in a child’s best interest is going to be heavily...

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Moving away with the children

It can be devastating if your ex or former partner intends to move away and take your children with them. When a family breaks up the parent with...

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Tips for an amicable divorce

Divorce may never be easy but it doesn't have to be stressful, expensive and time consuming. If you approach it in the right way it may not be a...

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Lost decree absolute

If you are getting remarried or have to prove your marital status for whatever reason you will have to show an original decree absolute as proof...

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Freezing Orders

Freezing Injunctions On the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership, a freezing order can be made to prevent one party from disposing of assets...

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Special Guardians

Special Guardianship Special Guardians are appointed by the court where it is held that the best interests of the children are met by them having...

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Severing a Joint Tenancy

There are only two ways in which people can own land together. Land can be held jointly either as beneficial joint tenants or as tenants in common....

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Matrimonial Home Rights

Family Home Rights If, as a spouse or civil partner you do not legally own a share of the property you live in with your respective spouse or civil...

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Defending a Divorce

Defended Divorce It is possible to defend a divorce petition but only just. You may wish to do so because you genuinely believe that the marriage...

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Barder Appeals

What happens if an asset awarded to one of the parties in a divorce settlement should suddenly and unexpectedly lose its value? This is what...

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The wishes of the child

How persuasive will the wishes of a child be to a judge who must decide between conflicting wished of the parents. An application by a parent for a...

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Paternity Testing

Sometimes disputes over the paternity of a child will have to be put to the test by application to the court. An alleged father may want to know for...

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Parenting Plans

A written parenting plan is most useful in setting the stage for a successful post-divorce relationship with your children;s other parent. Just the...

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McKenzie Friends

A McKenzie friend is somebody who accompanies a litigant in person to a court hearing for the purpose of assisting him in such matters as taking...

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How adoption works

In order to adopt a child you must be over 21 years of age and the child must be under the age of 18. If it is to be a joint application to adopt...

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Appointing a Guardian

Parents with young children should always consider who will look after their children if they are unable to do so themselves and appoint a Guardian...

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Parental Responsibility

The concept of Parental Responsibility was introduced by the Children Act 1989 and replaces the old idea of one or both parents having custody of a...

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Child Maintenance

All parents, married or not, have a legal obligation to pay child maintenance and financially support their children, usually until either the...

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Guardians

A Guardian is a person appointed by a parent with parental responsibility to care for their child if they are unable to do so themselves. They can...

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Changing a child’s name

A parent who wishes to change their child's surname must obtain the other parent's written consent if that other parent has parental responsibility....

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Care Proceedings

At times, due either to genuine concerns about children, or as a consequence of a breakdown of relationships between parents and social workers, a...

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The Family Pets on Divorce

Lawyers will tell you that when a relationship breaks down it is usually money and children which cause the arguments. That may well be the case,...

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Taking and copying documents

What should you do if your marriage is on the rocks and you are certain that if there is a divorce your spouse will hide away his or her assets to...

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Nullity of Marriage

Nullity is the historic remedy for a bad marriage, much favoured by Henry VIII. It is a claim that the marriage should be annulled, declared a...

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Hidden Assets and Divorce

Full disclosure of all matrimonial assets by both parties is a basic principle of divorce. It has to be known what is in the pot before it can be...

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Family Mediation

Family mediation is a way of assisting separating or divorcing couples to resolve disputes and reach agreed decisions with a mediator in a series of...

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Expats and Divorce

If you are living outside of England and Wales when your marriage breaks down, the question will arise as to whether you are able to divorce in the...

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Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is different from divorce mediation, although like mediation it is also a way for divorcing couples to settle without a court...

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Changing your name on divorce

Anybody over the age of 16 may change their name and call themselves more or less anything they like. There is no need to pay a lawyer or for any...

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Bankruptcy and Divorce

Bankruptcy,financial difficulties, divorce and the breakdown of a marriage often run together. It is very far from unknown for one of the spouses to...

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Maintenance Pending Suit

When it is not possible for the parties to agree the financial issues in divorce it can take some time before these can be decided by the court....

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Spousal Maintenance

Maintenance (or periodical payments) for a spouse on divorce is decided on the parties' needs.  It will be most appropriate and only ordered where...

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