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Supreme Court to consider some important issues

The wife who was refused a divorce because the lower courts considered she had failed to establish that the behaviour she was alleging was sufficiently ‘unreasonable’ to qualify, has been given permission to appeal to the Supreme Court In addition, …

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New divorce form (D8)

Various changes to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 came into force on 7 August and, very importantly, a new form D8 divorce petition started being used then and must be used from 4 September 2017. The new form is intended …

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Telegraph article about fathers with low incomes and substantial capital assets paying low child support

An article in the Telegraph quotes comments made by Mostyn J calling on the government to change the law so that fathers with substantial capital assets but low incomes can once again be required to pay more in child support. …

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Re A (Letter to a Young Person) (Rev 1) [2017] EWFC 48 Family Court, 26 July 2017, Peter Jackson J

Re A (Letter to a Young Person) (Rev 1) [2017] EWFC 48 Family Court, 26 July 2017, Peter Jackson J The child, aged 14, lived with his mother and stepfather, with regular contact with the father. The father wished to …

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SA v FA (Setting Aside Consent Order on Ground of Duress) [2017] EWHC 1731 (Fam) Family Division, 16 May 2017, Holman J

SA v FA (Setting Aside Consent Order on Ground of Duress) [2017] EWHC 1731 (Fam) Family Division, 16 May 2017, Holman J The father was originally from the Kurdistan area of Iraq, but had become a British citizen. He met …

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Sharp v Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408

Sharp v Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408 Court of Appeal, 13 June 2017, McFarlane, McCombe and David Richards LJJ The wife was a trader in the wholesale fuel trade. The husband was employed for many years by an international company …

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Delinking of divorce and financial remedies being rolled out nationally.

The President and the Chief Executive of HMCTS have published a letter explaining that divorce and financial remedy applications are going to be ‘delinked’ from next week, following a successful pilot in Southampton. “In our letter dated 27th April 2017 …

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Divorce petition allegations

According to the Solicitors Journal, since the Court of Appeal decision in Owens v Owens (summarised in the last newsletter) family lawyers have started to see far more acrimonious allegations in unreasonable behaviour petitions. The lawyers who commented suggested that …

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How do I Fulfil the Training and Development Requirements of the FMC and my Member Organisation(s)? – A Personal View by Neil Robinson as at June 2017

How do I Fulfil the Training and Development Requirements of the FMC and my Member Organisation(s)? – A Personal View by Neil Robinson as at June 2017 Firstly, I don’t think this is the right question. A better question might be …

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Green v Adams [2017] EWFC 24

Family Court, 3 May 2017, Mostyn J Following the parents’ separation there was almost continuous litigation between them about the child. An order was made in May 2005 requiring the father to settle £220,000 on the child to provide him …

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