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How pension schemes can conflict with human rights law

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Two recent decisions made by the courts of England and Wales have shown how the interpretation of the terms of pension schemes may conflict with the rights of persons under the European Convention on Human Rights. These cases have shown that courts are willing to find terms to be discriminatory, in circumstances where they may not reflect the general purpose of the scheme, nor modern family circumstances.

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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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Solicitor returns home to Royds Withy King’s Family Law Team in Bath

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Bath head-quartered Royds Withy King has welcomed back solicitor Laura Podger to its Family Law team in Bath. Having qualified as a solicitor in 2018 at the firm, Laura spent a short time at Irwin Mitchell working on high-profile family …

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Positive news for divorce law reform

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Despite the country and government’s preoccupation with Brexit, this week heralded good news for the reform of divorce law following the results of a public consultation last year. The Ministry of Justice will introduce ‘no-blame’ divorce “as soon as parliamentary time allows” with the need for evidence of adultery, desertion or unreasonable behaviour to be replaced with a statement of irretrievable breakdown. The changes will also be reflected in the dissolution of civil partnerships.

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Coercive control: an increasingly common issue in relationship breakdown?

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In 2011, Sally Challen was jailed for life for the murder of her husband of 31 years following a hammer attack in their Surrey Home the previous year. A sustained campaign led by her two sons, and supported by a feminist advocacy organisation, Justice for Women, succeeded in getting Sally’s conviction quashed after a panel of three judges ruled it was unsafe in light of new evidence that was not available at the time of her trial.

But what does this tell us about how the UK courts treat victims of coercive control?

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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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