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Family law: child arrangements FAQs

My child’s other parent and I were never married, is that a problem? No, the law treats the parent-parent and the parent-child relationship just the same regardless of whether the parents were ever married. Your rights to spend time with your child and to help make decisions for them are no different regardless of whether…

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Matrimonial home rights: Where do I stand if my spouse owns our home?

Many married people do not appreciate that they may have legal rights associated with their home, even if they don’t own it. Below we consider what can be done to protect yourself whilst going through a divorce, or even if you have hit a rocky patch and just want some reassurance. My spouse owns our…

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No Fault Divorce: An introduction

On 6 April 2022 the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 comes into force, and we embark upon a new era of “no fault” divorce. Below we consider the key features of the reform. What was the old law, and why is the new law a good thing? Under the current law, you have to…

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T v T: the interplay between pensions and divorce

The recent case of T v T [2021] EWFC B67 highlights the importance of getting expert advice when it comes to dealing with your pension pot in a divorce. Had the parties in this case sought such advice, nearly £300,000 in legal fees could have been spared. In this article, we will take a look…

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When lawyers are the only winners: how not to handle your divorce

In Crowther v Crowther & Others (Financial Remedies) (Rev1) [2021] EWFC 88, Mr Justice Peel, sitting in the Family Division of the High Court, commented on the futility of litigation which saw the warring parties spend everything they were fighting over – and more. The Court found the couple’s total net assets to amount to…

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£554m record divorce award against Dubai’s ruler

On 21 December 2021, the judgment in proceedings brought by Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan against her ex-husband, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the current ruler of Dubai was published (Her Royal Highness Haya Bint Al Hussein v His Highness Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum [2021] EWFC 94). Sheikh Mohammed has been…

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What can I tell my new partner about my divorce?

Can I tell my new partner that I’m getting divorced? There are no restrictions on who you can tell about the fact that you are undergoing a divorce. The registration of a divorce is also a matter of public record in England and Wales, so any member of the public, once the divorce is finalised,…

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Good Divorce Week 2021 – Free parenting guide offered to separating families

Our family law department’s Rebecca Grayson, a member of national family justice organisation Resolution, joins with others to focus on the theme of ‘parenting through separation’ this week. The Parenting Through Separation Guide is being launched as part of this year’s ‘Good Divorce Week 2021’ which is a campaign run by Resolution from 29 November…

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Dealing with cryptocurrency in divorce proceedings

Bitcoin and divorce I think my spouse may own Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency.  How does this fit in with a divorce? Cryptocurrencies are becoming increasingly popular, and the biggest name (and earliest established) among them, Bitcoin, has been splashed over the front pages of the news last week for reaching an all-time high…before dropping again. These…

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Applying to set aside unfair financial remedy orders

I think I’ve been cheated in my divorce settlement, what do I do? My ex-spouse did not tell the truth about their finances when we settled our divorce, can anything be done? How long do I have to do something about my unfair divorce financial settlement? Can the financial settlement from my divorce be set…

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