Category Archive: Family

Divorce – 50/50 Splits are Fair, but What About Post-Separation Earnings?

When divorcing couples have contributed equally to their marital fortune, the general rule is that assets will be split 50/50. However, as one ‘big money’ case showed, it is not always  as simple as that and complications can arise in respect of wealth that has been generated post-separation. Prior to a professional couple’s marriage, the…

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Pensioner Siblings Jailed for Contempt in Context of Big Money Divorce

Court orders must be obeyed or the whole system of justice breaks down. In a case on point, a brother and sister – with a combined age of almost 150 – were sentenced to imprisonment for contempt of court in the context of a big money divorce. The brother, aged in his 80s, had been…

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Failing to Take Legal Advice Can Have Costly Consequences

A man who neglected to take legal advice before putting his home into his and his long-term girlfriend’s joint names will have to live with the consequences. Despite his protestations, a Judge found that she was entitled to half the property – in part to recompense her for the way that he had treated her….

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Straightforward Honesty is the Best Route to a Stress-Free Divorce

Any good family lawyer will tell you that the best way of minimising the expense and stress of divorce proceedings is to be straightforwardly honest. The point was well made by a case in which a successful property developer paid heavily for his misguided attempts to deny his ex-wife a just settlement. During their 25-year-marriage,…

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Child Arrangements Orders

Child Arrangements Orders are a type of court order than can be used to specify where you child will live, when they will spend time with each parent and what other contact the non-resident parent will have with their child or children. A Child Arrangements Order can provide certainty for both you and your children,…

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Sensible Cohabitees Always See a Lawyer before Buying Property Together

Despite any number of cautionary tales appearing in the press and elsewhere, many unmarried cohabitees unwisely persist in buying properties together without taking legal advice. In one case, a woman found out the hard way how difficult it can be to prove your rights if your name is not on the title deeds. The woman…

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Dealing with Social Breakdown – Family Judges Are at the Sharp End

Family judges deal on a daily basis with the consequences of social breakdown and, in every case in which children are involved, their welfare is the primary concern. That was certainly so in one case in which the High Court ruled on the future of a two-year-old boy whose father was aged just 14 when…

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Pre-nups – how do they stand up in UK courts?

Pre-nups – how do they stand up in UK courts? For many years, pre-nups were considered the preserve of the rich and famous – usually in America. But seven years ago, a landmark case suggested they’d finally be taken seriously by UK courts. In what’s known as the Radmacher case, judges ruled that while financial…

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Care Proceedings Solicitors

If social services contacts you with concerns about your children or to initiate care proceedings, or if your children have been taken into care already, we can help. Our team includes a number of solicitors specialising in dealing with social services and care proceedings, including Gemma Candlish a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel….

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