Family law

Pension sharing in divorce proceedings

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When dividing the matrimonial finances a tricky area can often be how to treat the parties' pension provision. What is the law surrounding this area? More …

Simple is not necessarily better when making a Will

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We at Blake Morgan have blogged before on the importance of making a Will if you want to control what happens to your estate after death. But what actually makes a Will a 'good' or 'proper' one that does what you want it to do? Is legal jargon necessary? More …

How to avoid family mediation going wrong

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As active members of Resolution, we regularly encourage clients to explore the alternatives to court proceedings, to resolve disputes that may arise following relationship breakdown. More …

Family mediation in practice: a case study

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We look at a case study where family mediation proved successful as both parties in a separation had control over their own destiny and were able to concentrate on what was important to them. More …

Family mediation services: What documents do I need?

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Mediation continues to be a popular method of resolving family law disputes. Going to court should be a last resort and the court tries to ensure this, by asking for proof that you have either attended a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM) or you don’t need to attend a MIAM because of your circumstances. Mediation is therefore key to any route you go down. More …

A Fair Judgement

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In the tale of King Solomon’s judgement, two women come before the King with an infant. They ask him to adjudicate on the matter of who is the rightful mother. Solomon wisely pronounces that since the women cannot agree on who the baby belongs to, they will cut him in half, literally splitting ownership. More …

The courts don’t make you feel better

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While most people don’t start court proceedings lightly, there can be an element of hoping that it will be cathartic or therapeutic in some way and that 'justice' will be done. More …

Divorce – is there a gender bias and will I get 50/50?

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Is the financial division in family law automatically weighted in favour of one party? More …

Research shows that divorced women are financially far worse off than their married counterparts

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New research from mutual insurer Royal London has shown that divorcing women are continuing to lose out on sharing pension wealth upon divorce. More …

Can I change my child's surname?

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There are many reasons why a parent might want to change their child's surname, including due to parental separation, divorce or re-marriage. In every case, a child's surname is an integral part of who they are and seeking to change their surname can be a very emotive issue. More …