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Family Law Category

27th April 2022
This week is likely to see another major change in the law relating to marriage in England and Wales with the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022 likely to receive Royal assent and become law. Many will be surprised to learn that it is currently possible to get married or enter into a civil partnership at the age of 16 if the minor…
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05th April 2022
For years, family law practitioners have been campaigning for a change to the divorce law in England and Wales. The old system, which had been law since the early 70’s, stipulated that the petitioner had to blame the other spouse for the breakdown of the marriage, either through unreasonable behaviour or adultery, unless they were happy to wait 2 years and use the fact of…
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29th July 2021
It has been over 16 months since we entered the first lock down, and many of us have become dab hands at video calls on platforms we hadn’t even heard of before March 2020. Zoom, Teams and Facetime became the norm and although they work excellently for family catch ups and weekly quizzes, can you really have an effective Hearing via video link? Many clients…
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01st December 2020
Good Divorce week is an annual campaign organised by Resolution to promote practical and constructive solutions to divorcing couples. This year’s week focuses on the benefits of getting early legal advice which will provide couples with the understanding and confidence they need to make the best decisions for them and their family. Resolution is a community of more than 6,500 family law professionals who are…
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02nd November 2020
When we think about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on society, our minds will naturally go first to the economy and intense financial challenges being faced by individuals, businesses and other organisations. But this is only a part of the story and the situation is actually having a serious effect on personal relationships. Through the pandemic there has been a significant rise in the…
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14th July 2020
If you have recently visited us in Chichester at our Lion House offices, you may have noticed a ‘for sale’ sign outside – it signals a forthcoming change for our firm that we believe will be good news for all our clients. Later this year we will be relocating our litigation departments to the heart of the city from their existing base in Lion House,…
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13th May 2020
WOW! Who else feels like they have been on the fastest roller coaster, steepest log flume and through the most powerful car wash all at once? Welcome to COVID-19 the public health crisis 2020. Life looks, feels and IS very different than it was a mere 7 or is it 8 weeks ago. My office is now my back bedroom equipped with an almost complete…
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24th March 2020
We are living in unprecedented and challenging times. Your children are the most important thing for you to protect; we would urge you to put their welfare and safety at the forefront of your decision making at this difficult time. Official government advice is that children can still move between separated parent’s homes. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others If one household has a vulnerable person please bear this in…
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20th September 2019
Prospective clients looking for a law firm may find the Legal Services Consumer Panel’s Tracker Survey of 2019 interesting reading. The report is based on findings from a YouGov survey of more than 3,500 users of legal services over the last two years and so is a significant sample. The findings, in this time of comparison websites, that ‘shopping around’ is often a bad thing for…
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29th November 2018
This week marks Good Divorce Week 2018, a national campaign designed to raise awareness of how separating parents can minimise the impact of conflict on their children and calling for government to reform the divorce process by remove the element of blame. Backed by Resolution, formerly known as the Solicitors Family Law Association, the campaign for no-fault divorce also promotes the work of family law…
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