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The life stages that go into legacy making

Guy Birtwistle
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Whether moving in together, marrying, entering a civil partnership, having children, divorcing, re-marrying or a new civil partnership, each of these momentous life stages has an important impact on the outcome if you were to die without leaving a will.

Christmas - a time for talking and teamwork

Andrew Robinson
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Divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level since the 1970s but breakdowns continue to spike after the festive season, and professionals are encouraging couples with rocky relationships to focus on talking to each other in the run up to Christmas.  ...

It's Official! The end of the 'blame game' in divorce.

Andrew Robinson
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Today (9th April 2019) the Government announced that it is finally going to reform the outdated divorce laws and have announced that divorcing couples will no longer have to prove fault in order to get divorced. New legislation is to be introduced that...

Christmas - A time of goodwill for all?

Andrew Robinson
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Andrew Robinson, Head of Family Law, considers issues that may arise during Christmastime around the care of children: It’s not hard to work out that the stress, anxiety & anger that’s felt by many separated couples is likely to be...

The Need to Prove Fault Fuels Bad Feeling Between Divorcing Couples

Andrew Robinson
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New research has found that the majority of English and Welsh divorces still rely on showing one party as ‘at fault’, and this regularly creates bad feeling and conflict between couples. The study entitled ‘Finding Fault?’ aims to...

How Does Family Mediation Work?

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Even though deciding to separate can be a difficult decision in itself, sorting out all the arrangements that follow can also be overwhelming. When a couple decides to part ways, it not only affects them but also the household. Many questions start flying...

The Initial Step In Issuing Divorce Proceedings

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In this era, where divorce rates have been gradually increasing, it is quite normal to think that people are divorcing at the drop of a hat. Even though it seems that people are able to obtain a divorce easily, the law actually regulates this by limiting the...

Honesty is the Best Policy

Andrew Robinson
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Two recent Supreme Court decisions have emphasised how important it is to be honest about your financial position when negotiating a settlement in the event of separation and divorce. The basic principle is that, in order to achieve a fair settlement, it is...

Spousal Maintenance - A Meal Ticket for Life?

Andrew Robinson
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In my day to day practice as a family lawyer, many things have changed since I first qualified in the mid-nineties but there have been a few constants. One of those is the mixture of horror and disgust that instantly contorts the features of my client...

Did You Know That Divorce Week Starts on the Jan 13th 2014?

Andrew Robinson
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Unfortunately, the second true week back at work after Christmas and New Year is also the week when many people decide to get divorced. This time of year is when people make decision about their future. It seems that being with your partner over the holiday...