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Resolving Financial Matters After A Relationship Breakdown

Pamela Donnellan
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For reasons of public policy, the court encourages people to settle their matrimonial disputes amicably. It is therefore possible to submit an agreed consent order to the court for approval without needing to attend. However, the court will not simply rubber...

Divorce: The Law Currently

Pamela Donnellan
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A divorce cannot be issued until the parties have been married for one year. The spouse who commences the proceedings is known as the Petitioner as they “petition” the Judge for a divorce. The spouse who receives the Divorce Petition from...

The Arrangements For Children After A Relationship Breakdown

Pamela Donnellan
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The breakdown of a relationship can be an emotional and stressful experience, not only for the adults involved but also for the children.  Issues such as with whom and where the children are to live and how often the children should see the other parent...

Welcome changes on domestic abuse legal aid

Marie Gorton
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The Ministry of Justice has announced that it has scrapped the time limits that have, to date, prevented many victims of domestic abuse from obtaining legal aid for Family Court proceedings. The limited evidence requirements have also been broadened. ...

No fault divorce?

Pamela Donnellan
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Is ‘no-fault’ divorce coming to England and Wales? The only ground for divorce in England and Wales is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The court cannot hold that the marriage has broken down irretrievably unless the...

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