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,…

On 9th April, the Government announced plans to reform current divorce law with the aim of reducing family conflict. Currently when applying for a divorce, only one party can make the application (the Petitioner). In the application, the Petitioner will need to state that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and rely on one of…

Barrett and Co can offer you advice on how to reduce your inheritance tax bill…please get in touch As the end of the tax year draws to a close we take this opportunity to remind you of annual gift exemptions that you may want to quickly take advantage of, or plan for the new financial…

What is Parental Responsibility? Parental Responsibility (PR) is defined in s.3(1)(a) Children Act 1989 as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property by law.” By its very definition PR is a wide concept and it is not realistically possible…

For many separated or divorcing families, this Christmas may be the first major 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 children…

Children in Mediation (referred to as CIM) enables separated parents to focus on and give a voice to their children. This form of mediation should be child centred to promote both the safeguarding and welfare of every child.  It can enable that child to have a voice. For parents, this form of mediation enables their…

In an article published in our August newsletter, I referred to the recent decision of Owens v Owens and how this case highlighted the need for matrimonial and divorce reform. I also referred to the difficulties in starting a process where one party has to divorce the other, often having to use the fact of…

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