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Landmark Pension Ruling for Unmarried Couples

Hayley Swallow
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The legal rights of couples who live together but aren’t married have come under the spotlight once again following a landmark ruling in the Supreme Court which could benefit millions of other cohabitees across the UK. Denise Brewster (42), from...

New Year Spells Divorce for Rocky Relationships

Sue Leadbeater
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While the start of January is traditionally when many people make a New Year’s resolution to get fit, quit drinking or give up smoking, for some couples it’s time to make a fresh start and call an end to their marriage. Head of Family Law Sue Leadbeater, who is also a trained dispute resolution solicitor, is calling for greater support for couples, based on a better understanding of outcomes. 

Resolve to Have a Good Divorce

Sue Leadbeater
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Resolution, the organisation which promotes a non-confrontational approach to family law matters, has launched a new code of practice for its members. The organisation, which represents 6,500 family justice professionals who are committed to supporting...

Divorce Fee Hike Should Be Revoked

Julie Bailey
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There has been a lot in the news about the increase in the divorce petition fee, which was introduced by the Ministry of Justice in March, and I for one support the calls for it to be rescinded.  The Justice Select Committee has recently published a...

Thinking of Taking the Leap this Year?

Sue Leadbeater
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Leap years are marked as a time when a woman can propose to the man in her life. For those of you who may be thinking of popping the question, we have a question of our own to ask. Although it is a very pessimistic thought, particularly when you are in love...

Couple Vow to Appeal High Court Civil Partnership Ruling

Julie Bailey
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A heterosexual couple who want to enter into a civil partnership rather than marry have today lost a challenge at the High Court. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan argued that they are being discriminated against and that without the ability to enter...

Increase in Silver Separators

Julie Bailey
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The first working day of the New Year is dubbed by some ‘Divorce Day’ as solicitors traditionally see a spike in enquiries after the Christmas holidays. Although the festive period is supposed to be a happy time, spending time together as a...

Owed a Bigger Divorce Settlement?

Julie Bailey
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A landmark ruling in the Supreme Court, involving two women who felt they had been lied to by their ex-husbands about their financial status, could result in many other recently finalised cases being reopened. Alison Sharland, who accepted £10m in her...

Specialist Advice for Forces Families

Sue Leadbeater
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Family problems take many forms.  The ending of any relationship can cause anxiety and uncertainty whether you are married or living with a partner.  Forces personnel and their families tend to have particular problems to face by the very nature of...

Collaboration A better way to resolve disputes

Sue Leadbeater
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Relationship breakdown, particularly divorce, is a difficult area of law, where people are often emotionally raw and one party may feel hugely upset at being caught in the process at all.  Expectations about what a court is able to deliver may be...

Wills & Estate planning changes coming into effect soon

Alison Short
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The law about wills and administering the estates of those who have died is not the sort of thing that wins elections so seldom gets updated but there are some interesting changes which have yet to come into effect. At present there is no system in...

Can you avoid disappointment and upset in family disputes?

Sue Leadbeater
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James Carroll of the Law Society’s Family Law Committee said in response to a report that family law accounted for the highest number of complaints to the Legal Ombudsman; “Divorce is an inherently difficult area of law, where people are often...

Domestic Abuse

Sue Leadbeater
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Your Legal Rights Domestic abuse is defined as ‘any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless...

Children Seen but Not Heard?

Julie Bailey
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With the government poised to change the way the family court deals with cases of disputed contact by introducing a presumption of shared parenting a recent joint research project between the Universities of Sussex and Oxford may throw a spanner in the...

Family Court does U-turn

Julie Bailey
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The recent court of appeal decision in Petrodel – v – Prest may have driven a coach and horses through what family lawyers have until now considered to be the position where a spouse owns or controls a company which they use as an alter ego. In...

Living Together

Sue Leadbeater
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WHERE DO I STAND? When starting out in a relationship not everyone makes the decision that they want to get married. Often couples will live together, sometimes for many years, before they do decide to marry. Unfortunately, many unmarried couples living...

Does out of love mean out of business?

Sue Leadbeater
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Most people who are in business are also in a personal relationship or will enter into one at some point. Statistics say that 75% of private sector businesses in the UK are classed as family businesses.  They account for over 40% of private sector...

Things you should know

Julie Bailey
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Figures published by the Office for National Statistics in December show that the divorce rate for the UK has risen for the first time since 2003. The figures for 2010 show a rise of 5% overall, with divorces most common for couples in their early 40s, and a...