Family law

The rise of predatory marriages and how they can affect Wills

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Earlier this year we looked at how the test of capacity varies depending on the situation and how it may be possible that the threshold required for a person to marry is lower than that to make a Will. Campaigners are now hoping to change the law in order to protect vulnerable testators and their families from exploitation by ill-intentioned individuals entering into a marriage for financial gain. More …

Crack down on child maintenance evasion

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It has long been a problem that some non-resident parents avoid paying the correct and fair amount of child maintenance, by arranging their financial affairs in a certain way. Jennifer Williamson looks at a recent case. More …

Is the current approach on valuing pensions fit for mediation?

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There are not many occasions in a mediation where I hesitate to say that mediations are conducted in the "shadow of the court". I normally emphasise that mediation is not a different process but just a different method of resolving matters. However, I must admit to some discomfort over pensions. More …

Have the recent changes to the Civil Partnership Act gone far enough?

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Senior Solicitor Ben Coulson discusses whether the recent changes to the Civil Partnership Act have gone far enough. More …

Do you need a dispute to go to mediation?

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Many years ago the court used to get involved in every case where there were children and their parents were divorcing. However, with the Children Act, which came into being in 1991, the courts only became involved if there was a disagreement between the parents. Are we currently in that position with referrals to mediation? More …

How do you solve a problem like Civil Partnerships?

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The Prime Minister today has announced that the government will legislate to extend Civil Partnerships to heterosexual couples. So what does this mean? More …

Reducing family conflict – wherever possible

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As members of Resolution, the Family team at Blake Morgan strive to reduce conflict as far as possible in all cases that are dealt with. This is often made challenging by the current law in respect of divorce. More …

Death Benefits – a positive development on the rights of cohabitees and 'common-law spouses'

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In the recent Supreme Court decision in the matter of an application by Siobhan McLaughlin for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2018] UKSC 48, the UK's highest court took a big step in the right direction to strengthen the rights of cohabitees. More …

For richer, for poorer…even after divorce?

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Can a payer of maintenance be forced to subsidise the recipient's financial mistakes? More …