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1 March 2021 0 Comments Posted in Family, Opinion

Top-up child maintenance orders: What are they?

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Whilst many parents in the UK are reliant upon the financial support they receive by way of child maintenance payments calculated by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), there are circumstances where it is possible to increase the amount of maintenance the non-resident pays, if they are a high net worth individual.

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16 November 2020 0 Comments Posted in Family, Opinion

What is parental alienation and how does it impact on children when relationships break down between parents?

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Emma McMorrow, Senior Associate in our Family team, explores parental alienation and how it impacts on children when relationships break down between parents.

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9 November 2020 0 Comments Posted in Family, Featured, Opinion

Child Arrangements during Lockdown

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As we enter this second lockdown, separated parents will once again find themselves having to navigate their way through the additional challenges that arise when managing arrangements for their children.

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6 October 2020 0 Comments Posted in Family, Uncategorized

Can I get a “No-fault divorce”? – The answer is on the horizon

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The notion of “no fault divorce” is one that has long been promised, but for couples looking to separate without having to apportion blame, it has been frustratingly out of reach.

However pressure for change has been building and it finally looks like the unfairness of the fault based system is set to end.

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12 August 2020 0 Comments Posted in Family, Opinion

What happens to the matrimonial home when a couple gets divorced?

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In divorce proceedings where spouses are unable to agree terms, the family court has the power to decide upon an appropriate financial settlement which meets the parties’ needs. For many separating couples a significant part of their financial settlement will be concerned with the matrimonial home.

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20 July 2020 0 Comments Posted in Family

Covid-19: Pre-nuptial agreements and the postponement of weddings

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As well as the disruption it has caused to businesses, the economy and every day life for many around the globe, one of the other impacts of Covid-19 has been the postponement or cancellation of weddings.

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18 May 2020 0 Comments Posted in Family, Life, Opinion

Domestic Abuse during coronavirus lockdown: what help is available?

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Recently there has been a notable rise in levels of domestic abuse. MPs across the political parties have demanded that an action plan aimed at tackling these increased levels is implemented urgently, warning that without intervention, society will be dealing with the consequences for a generation.

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12 November 2019 0 Comments Posted in Family, Opinion

Domestic Abuse: there is no age limit

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This article first appeared in Buckinghamshire Life magazine, November 2019.

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8 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Family, Opinion

Divorce: what about grandparents’ rights?

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This article first appeared in Berkhamsted Life, August 2019.

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20 June 2019 0 Comments Posted in Family, Opinion

Taking the kids abroad? Guidance for separated parents at holiday time

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The summer holidays are almost upon us. But these happy times can often cause animosity and conflict between separated or divorced parents; especially if a holiday abroad is on the cards. Here are some of the issues parents should think about.

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20 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Family, Opinion

First Christmas post-separation? Our recipe for a peaceful family life

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Christmas is a time for families to spend together but what if you have recently separated or divorced? Sadly, it can become a difficult time, with all the usual stresses of Christmas amplified and the added worry of keeping the children happy. Emma McMorrow from our Family team provides five tips to help you manage the festive period.

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9 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Family, Opinion

Your home in divorce

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It goes without saying that separating from a spouse or civil partner is often a stressful and emotional time. Worrying about how to protect your interest in the family home or your right to remain living there is often a concern of many separating couples. Emma McMorrow from our Family team discusses some of the main points she would advise her clients on.

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