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Legal Updates

Unmarried Couples’ Property Rights Challenged

Unmarried Couples The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case which may set an important precedent on how unmarried couples should divide their property if they decide to separate. The Court of Appeal ruled…

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Relocation Abroad

Family & Children In the recent case of LSA v RBS [2011] All ER (D) 178 (Apr) the Court of Appeal ruled the judge was mistaken in treating siblings aged 16 and 12 as…

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Belly Dance Spoils Ex-Wife’s Divorce Deal

Family Law In the United States a woman has had her alimony cut after her ex-husband saw online pictures of her belly dancing.  She had claimed she was unable to work due to injuries…

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Ancillary Relief

Divorce and Finances In the recent case of N v F [2011] All ER (D) 96 (Apr) the court had to determine whether pre-marital property should be taken in to account within financial proceedings…

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Royal Wedding

A recent report by Professor Rebecca Probert of Warwick University has highlighted how the laws that govern Royal marriage are out of date. As the law currently stands a Royal can’t marry a Catholic…

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Mother Loses Right to Keep Baby Secret From Husband

Family Law In A (a child) (father: knowledge of child’s birth) a mother requested that the Father not be told of the fact she had his baby – which she wanted adopted.  The judges…

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Family Justice System

On 1 April 2011, the Ministry of Justice reported than an independent panel set up to review the family justice system has concluded significant reform is needed.  A package of proposals has been recommended…

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Resolution Highlights Flaws in New Mediation Rules

Family Law On 6 April 2011 the new Family Procedure Rules 2010 came into force.  Amongst these rules is the need for separating couples to receive mediation before making an application to the court….

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Family Justice Review Interim Report

Family Law The Family Justice Review panel has issued an interim report in which it states that the family justice system needs significant reform.  The report suggests that the system is not working to…

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Grandparents’ Right To Contact

Family Law A new report has set out proposals to give grandparents legal rights to maintain contact with their grandchildren after a relationship breakdown or divorce. The proposals seek to reflect the important role…

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