Family law

Bristol, Baronesses and Baa-ing - Resolution's 30th National Conference

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Representatives from each of the Blake Morgan family team's three locations (Rachel Giles – Southampton, James Davies – Oxford and Farhana Shahzady – London) recently attended Resolution's 30th National Conference, which was billed as the highlight of the family law calendar. More …

Tying the knot in 2018

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If like a certain Prince you are fast approaching a special day in 2018, you may have spent the last few months planning the wedding venue or band, what to wear, your photographers, florists and caterers. The number of members of the general public who are to attend, or their identity, probably won't have troubled you like it has Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Although not as exciting, what should also be added to your essential wedding checklist is reviewing or making your Will. More …

Maintenance is not a "meal ticket for life"

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In a recent case heard by the Court of Appeal, involving a multi-millionaire couple; the Court provided a clear approach for the treatment of earning capacity and the term of spousal maintenance in financial remedy proceedings. More …

Betting against child support: when gambling does pay

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In the recent case of French v The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions & Anor [2018] EWCA Civ 470, an appeal by a father against a decision in the Upper Tribunal that his income from gambling was earnings from gainful employment such that it could be part of a child support assessment, the Judges found in favour of the appellant. The Judges ruled that where an individual is found not to be a self-employed earner in relation to his gambling winnings, such 'earnings' should not be included in assessing his or her liability for child support. More …

The Department of Health and Social Care releases consultation to enable a single person to apply for a Parental Order

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When a child is born through surrogacy, the intended parents of the child may apply to the court for a parental order which then transfers legal parenthood of the child to the intended parents. Currently, it is only couples who can apply for such an order, but a consultation was released on 8 March 2018 on the intention to extend this to single parents. More …

The Importance of Granny and Grandad

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A recent case heard in the Court of Appeal Re G (a child) (2018), explored the importance of the role of grandparents in the life of a child. More …

Having a child through surrogacy

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A blog by top 50 UK law firm Blake Morgan. The family law team explains what all parties to a surrogacy arrangement should be aware of before making such a life-changing commitment. More …

Prenuptial agreements - beauty or a beast?

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Whether you love or despise them, prenuptial agreements are on the rise, especially amongst people who have amassed considerable wealth or are from a wealthy family who demands the family silver be protected! More …

What role does a solicitor play in the mediation process?

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Whilst there is a clear distinction between the role played by a solicitor and by a mediator, there are a number of ways in which the two roles complement each other. More …

How do we co-parent after separation?

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Even when separating couples are on good terms, when it comes to how they continue to co-parent their children, they can still encounter difficulties. As part of Mediation week, we demonstrate how mediation can be utilised to assist separated parents to work together to successfully co-parent their children. More …