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Category Archives: Family Law

Children in divorce and separation: What is a C100 form?

Children in divorce and separation: What is a C100 form? Sometimes, you need to ask the Court to help with children in divorce and separation. If communication has broken down between you and your ex, or agreements cannot be made on matters concerning your children, or you need to prevent the other parent doing something,…
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Divorce Reforms – what you need to know

Divorce is a newsy topic at the moment. Why? Reforms are being made to create No Fault Divorce (trending on social media as #NoFaultDivorce). Does fault have to be found in divorce? Currently, to get a divorce in less than 2 years, you need to prove your partner is at fault through adultery (cheating), desertion,…
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Police face action over death of stalked woman

Police officers are facing disciplinary action following the death of a woman who was being stalked. Shana Grice was 19 and reported being stalked by her ex boyfriend. She was fined for wasting police time after reporting him 5 times. Michael Lane, her ex boyfriend, went on to murder her. Sussex Police say two officers…
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MoJ to reform Divorce process

MoJ to reform Divorce process The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) says it will ‘very soon’ announce reforms to the divorce process. Research into international divorce processes has highlighted how difficult it is for people to represent themselves in divorce in England and Wales. ‘Reforming the Ground for Divorce: Experiences from Other Jurisdictions’, a report from…
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Divorce on the increase again?

Divorce on the increase again? Figures suggest that divorce is on the increase, again. Divorce petitions increased by almost 9,000 in 2018 compared to 2017. But, the number of completed divorces, to decree absolute, has fallen below 100,000 mark for the first time since 1971. There are concerns that we are seeing a return to…
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New divorce reforms will be introduced today

Today, Parliament announced that new divorce reforms will be introduced shortly. The much-needed modernisation of the law breaks us away from the outdated 1973 Matrimonial Causes Act. Published proposals show how these new reforms focus on abolishing the need for couples to accuse the other for the irretrievable breakdown of their marriage, by adding the…
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Trackers being used by abusers

Trackers being used by abusers As technology advances, it has been revealed by Refuge that trackers are being used by abusers. Victoria Derbyshire programme had Refuge talk to them about this worrying trend in domestically abusive relationships[1]. Some technology is making it easier for abusers to control their partners. And worryingly, more able to stalk…
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Pension and divorce – the overlooked asset

Pension and divorce – the overlooked asset A pension can be the second biggest asset in a marriage or civil partnership. But, they are often overlooked by separating couples. Why are pensions overlooked in divorce? Samantha Lee, Head of Family Law at Swain & Co Solicitors explains, “Divorce is an emotionally distressing life event. You want…
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Do you believe in Common Law marriage?

Do you believe in Common Law marriage? Common Law marriage is a myth. It does not exist! Findings from this year’s British Social Attitudes Survey[i][i] shows that nearly half of us think common law marriage exists. Common Law marriage refers to couple who live together having the same legal rights as a married couple. Samantha…
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Are divorce costs trapping you in marriage?

January is dubbed divorce month. However, it seems that divorce rates are decreasing. However, the sad reality is that many people are trapped in unhappy marriages. Why? Because they cannot afford divorce costs. According to figures from Aviva in 2018, separation or divorce costs on average £14,500. This is legal and lifestyle costs. This means…
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