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The Court does need to be involved to formalise the divorce process; however, it is possible to resolve the majority of issues (for example matrimonial finances) amicably and by consent. Agreeing matters by consent can provide parties with more control over the outcome and can save tens of thousands of pounds in legal fees. We…

Eleanor White-Andrews – Solicitor, Family team I start the day with a cup of peppermint tea and open my laptop to begin the day. Today, I have a client hearing in relation to matrimonial finances for which I have instructed a barrister. We have been given a block listing at the court for this hearing,…

For many separated or divorcing families, this Christmas period may be the first school holiday where everyone is living separately. Organising time with your family can become complicated and this can lead to tensions between parents and children alike, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. If this is the first separated Christmas it…

As family lawyers we do appreciate that many parties are concerned about the potential of having to apply to Court where they may feel that is the only real option to them if they are in conflict with the other party (and this can apply to all cases including where parties are married, were former…

Since the Covid-19 pandemic we have become increasingly aware of the impacts that the lockdown has had on family dynamics. This has been both positive and negative with some families being able to spend a lot more time with each other but with some it has led to a realisation that their relationship is in…

On 3rd September 2020, the Law Commission launched a consultation on proposals to modernise and improve the law governing weddings. This consultation will run until 3rd December 2020.  The current position Currently, the law on weddings dates back to the Marriage Act 1836 which regulates how couples can legally get married. Under this law it…

The UK government announced lockdown on 23 March 2020, which saw an immediate ban on all social gatherings, including weddings. The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) have said that they would expect a consumer to be offered a full refund if government public health measures mean they cannot use the services of a venue.  However,…

In a recent Supreme Court Judgement, the Court found that an aristocratic couple who had commenced divorce proceedings in Scotland could continue the wife’s claim for the matrimonial finances to be considered in England. Does this lead the way to divorce tourism? The facts of the case Charles Villiers and his wife Emma Villiers were…

For many separated or divorcing families, this summer period may be the first school holidays where everyone is living separately. Organising time with your family can become complicated and this can lead to tensions between parents and children alike, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The fundamental advice is that, wherever possible, do…

What is an FDR? An FDR (Financial Dispute Resolution) Hearing is one of the stages of a matrimonial financial remedy application. Most commonly these occur during Court proceedings and the Judge will offer his or her evaluation of the likely outcome of the application. It therefore acts as a good indication of what may be…

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