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What does the draft Domestic Abuse Bill mean for victims of domestic violence?

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Following the Government’s announcement of the Domestic Abuse Bill last week, we look into the changes and improvements the government is suggesting and what these will mean to victims of domestic abuse.

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Am I allowed to represent myself in the Family Court?

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The simple answer is: Yes

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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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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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Cohabitee wins fight for half of partners £1.7m home

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A law graduate who lived with her partner won a legal fight yesterday that will leave her with half of a £1.7m home. The courts awarded Ms Ladwa half of the home despite arguments from her former partner, Ms Chapman, that she had funded the home and their lavish lifestyle entirely. The couple were engaged to be married but separated in 2016.

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Supreme Court rules unhappy wife must stay married – comment from law firm Royds Withy King

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The Supreme Court has today ruled that an unhappy wife must stay married, despite living apart from her estranged husband since 2015. Supreme Court judges reluctantly made the ruling, saying that it was for Parliament, not the courts, to reform …

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Families have changed – why hasn’t the law?

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To marry or not to marry that is the question? The number of cohabiting couples has doubled in the last 20 years and they are the fastest growing family type in the UK. This fact has been widely acknowledged in the legal industry and the media and is the driver behind the need for legislative reform.

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7 things you might not know about divorce

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Patrick Hart, a partner in our family team, explores the 7 things that you need to know about divorce…

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Jewish Divorce

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Orthodox Jewish Marriage & Divorce

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Divorce – The blame game

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While going through a divorce is rarely (if ever) going to be a pleasant experience, it is further exasperated by the need to allocate blame. More often than not when a relationship breaks down and divorce is being contemplated, spouses will seek to point the blame at each other. In many ways the current law in England encourages this approach, as under the current law the applying spouse needs to rely on one of five grounds for a divorce.

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Crypto cash divorce nightmare looming, warns Royds Withy King

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Law firm Royds Withy King is acting on three separate high value divorce cases where spouses are seeking the disclosure and a potential share of cryptocurrency assets.  These are a first wave of cases that the firm is expecting. The …

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‘But what about Rover?’ Who gets the pets in divorce?

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Frequently as family lawyers we are asked to provide legal advice about what should happen to a couple’s pets in divorce. A recent survey suggests that 20% of separating couples sought advice about their legal rights regarding their pets.

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