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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,…

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…

Covid-19 has brought many difficulties this year. For separated parents there may have been disagreements with current child arrangements. On 24th April 2020, Cafcass launched their co-parent hub to try to provide parents with online tools to co-parent effectively during lockdown and the ongoing future.    How does it work? Parents who wish to use…

As a society we are being asked to distance ourselves from others for fear of spreading the coronavirus or infecting a person who is deemed to be a higher risk. Practically, how will this work if you have a hearing to attend?   If you have previously attended Court, you will know that there tends to…

For many separated or divorcing families, the summer 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. The fundamental advice is that, wherever possible, do try to keep all arrangements for seeing the…

This is a brief guide on the law on surrogacy. It does not cover all aspects of surrogacy law and does not cover the situation if the child is born outside of the UK. Surrogacy is legal within the UK, but parties cannot generally rely on a surrogacy agreement as this is not binding on…

As part of any divorce, and when advising clients, we will always look at whether the particular circumstances of that case would enable them to agree a clean break. A “clean break” is in effect where, as part of their settlement, there are no ongoing financial obligations between the parties, which will therefore be linked…

When parties are divorcing, there are presently three stages of the divorce process: the issue of the petition; the Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute. A marriage is not dissolved until Decree Absolute has been pronounced. The earliest this can occur is 6 weeks and 1 day after the date of pronouncement of Decree Nisi. Often,…

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Lockdown 2021

Business as usual in unusual times. We are continuing with all legal work during Lockdown 2021. We are still working hard on behalf of clients old and new. We are still conducting most meetings by telephone and/or via conferencing facilities. In particular we are pleased to continue to offer our fixed fee meetings of £95 inclusive of VAT for one hour, to enable clients to explore any new legal matter with which they are concerned.

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