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No Fault Divorce allowed from April 2022

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It has been a matter of public record for some time that the Government were considering implementing a system whereby parties could divorce immediately, without the necessity to blame each other. Those of you familiar with the divorce process will be aware...

Covid-19 restrictions and child contact

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Although there is the prospect of current Covid-19 restrictions easing on a stage-by-stage basis, it can be difficult for separated parents to understand what is permitted in relation to child contact arrangements; so we thought it would...

Information for victims of domestic abuse

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Family arrangements at Christmas time can increase pressure in relationships that are already volatile and so, sadly, there is usually a spike in domestic abuse reports over the holiday period. Unfortunately, in this pandemic year, many families have been...

What are my rights if I am not married to my partner?

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The ‘common law’ myth There are lots of myths out there about co-habiting couples acquiring the same rights as married couples, once they have lived together for a certain period of time. Put simply, there is no law for the ‘nearly...

No fault divorce. Do not hold your breath.

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One of the things that we are asked on a regular basis by people thinking of getting divorced is whether or not they have to ‘blame’ their spouse or civil partner for the reason for the relationship breakdown. I will not detail the facts that...

Divorcing after long term separation

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We are often approached by people who have been separated from their spouse for many years. If there are no children arising from the relationship, the parties often do not know where the other party lives. There are various options. If you have a current...

More divorce 'urban myths' busted

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Myth: Can I divorce my spouse if they have committed adultery with a person of the same sex? Busted! It is not possible to issue a divorce petition citing adultery as the reason for the marriage breakdown if your spouse is having an affair with a...

How is child maintenance calculated?

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A parent who does not live with their child may be liable to pay child maintenance to the parent with primary care for the child until the child turns 18 or ceases full time secondary education. Child maintenance may,...

Do I have to pay maintenance to my ex?

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There are two types of maintenance. A parent who does not live with their child may be liable to pay child maintenance ; we explain that in more detail in our blog on how is child maintenance calculated? In this blog we focus on the other...

What is maintenance?

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Quite understandably, when people visit a solicitor for the first time following the breakdown of their marriage, the issue of their income is often at the forefront of their mind. Maintenance is the term that is used when one spouse pays to...

Divorce 'Urban Myths' Busted

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As we have cautioned previously, you need to be careful not to be misled by urban myths that frequently circulate online. To help you, we call out and bust four urban myths concerning divorce law . Myth: If you live together for two years you acquire the...

Real Life Dramas

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Some of you reading this may have watched Eastenders recently, whereby there was a delay in Martin returning the children to Stacey following contact. The programme showed Stacey calling at Martin’s home address with the Police to collect the...

Practical information for those at risk of domestic abuse

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It’s that time of year again when the festive period is upon us. Sadly, instances of domestic abuse and violence increase significantly over this period. If you are concerned about a family member or loved one who you believe is at risk of domestic...