Archive for 'Divorce / Marriage Breakdown'

My ex won’t let me move abroad with our children

 

Michelle Simpson

By Michelle Simpson, Associate

Official data from the United Nations shows the number of Britons living abroad has dramatically increased in the last 10 years.

Last year 3.2% of the world’s population or around 232 million people moved to live in another country. The most popular destination for Britons is Australia, followed by the USA and then Canada.

So what if you want to start a new life abroad with your children but your ...

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Has Cheryl Cole rushed into marriage?

 

Michelle Simpson

By Michelle Simpson, Associate

Cheryl Cole recently announced that she had married her French boyfriend, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in secret after a whirlwind three month romance. According to press reports she had no hesitation about marrying him despite being together for such a short time.

Did Cheryl ask Jean-Bernard to sign a prenuptial agreement to ensure that her income and assets were protected in case the marriage didn’t work out?

It’s often assumed that prenuptial ...

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Child maintenance charges now in force

 

Michelle Simpson

By Michelle Simpson, Associate

The new child maintenance services fees are now in force and most new applicants will now have to pay a £20 one off fee.

There are a limited number of exceptions where you won’t have to pay the fee and these apply are if you are:

• A victim of domestic violence which has been reported to an appropriate person or organisation
• Resident in Northern Ireland
• Under 19 years old

Collection fees ...

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Will new child maintenance charges affect you?

 

Michelle Simpson

By Michelle Simpson, Associate

The government has confirmed that a £20 fee will be introduced later this year for all new applications to use the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). There will also be higher charges if the service is used to collect the maintenance.

Under the new scheme, the parent paying the maintenance will face an additional 20% fee and the parent receiving the maintenance will face a deduction of 4%.

So if a ...

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Compensation plans for HS2 announced

 

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Many people in this area are concerned about the effect the HS2 high speed rail network scheme will have on their homes and businesses however the Government recently announced details of the compensation packages that will be made available to people along Phase One of the route (London to Birmingham). Some of the packages are available now with the rest likely to be made available in 2015 following a short consultation. ...

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Did you know its Dying Matters Awareness Week?

 

Chris Reece

By Chris Reece, Graduate Trainee Solicitor

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. But whilst tax finds itself at the centre of many a debate with family, friends and colleagues, it’s all too often the case that we find ourselves less at ease talking about death.

Dying Matters, part of The National Council for Palliative Care, ...

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Your digital legacy

 

Chris Reece

By Chris Reece, Paralegal

As more and more of us use social media and store our personal information online, it’s become increasingly important to consider what might happen to your online profiles after death. Closing your Twitter account might not be as straightforward as you think and what happens to all those photos you’ve uploaded and stored online?

The Law Society recently urged everyone to leave a ‘digital legacy’ by ...

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Women worse off in retirement

 

Michelle Simpson

By Michelle Simpson, Associate

A report by financial services provider LV suggests that a fifth of women have no pension savings within five years of retirement and will rely solely on the state pension. The report also suggests that 30% of women aged over 50 expect to work longer than previously anticipated.

If you are getting divorced or facing dissolution of your civil partnership the court has the power to order a proportion ...

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Divorcing couple argue about who gets the Bentley

 

Michelle Simpson

By Michelle Simpson, Associate

Mr and Mrs Joy are embroiled in a multi-million pound divorce which has seen them run up significant legal costs.

Mr Joy is now pleading poverty after once having a fortune worth £69 million. His wife claims that his pleas of having just £65,000 in the bank are part of a dishonest strategy to eliminate her claims and that his fortune is in fact held in an offshore trust.

£35 ...

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The loss of legal aid has affected everyone

 

Michelle Simpson

By Michelle Simpson, Associate

Back in March 2013 we discussed the impact that significant cuts in legal aid would have on family law. Concerns across the industry that slashing legal aid availability would lead to more people representing themselves in court seem to have come true.

Data from the Ministry of Justice show that the number of unrepresented parties in child related proceedings have increased by one third. In the last two months ...

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