Brexit and family law: do you need to act before 31 December? – Family Law Week

Posted November 26th, 2020 in brexit, divorce, EC law, enforcement, financial provision, news, time limits by tracey

‘Jay Patel, Partner and Polly Atkins, Associate, both of Hunters, highlight the circumstances in which action may need to be taken before the end of the year to protect a client’s interests.

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Family Law Week, 19th November 2020

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Is “Compensation” Back to the Fore in Financial Remedy Proceedings – Becket Chambers

‘The brief facts of the matter are that the parties cohabited and were married for a total of 11 years. They had two children, aged 8 and 10. When they met both the Husband (H) and the Wife (W) were working as solicitors with H an associate and W a trainee although W became an associate on qualifying in 2001. They started a relationship in 2002/3 and in that year, H became an equity partner. By 2019 he earned net of tax just short of £1m per annum. In 2006 W became a managing associate, and in 2007 cohabitation started. Later that year W left the firm to be an in-house lawyer at a bank (on the promise she could work part time if she had children). In 2010 she was made a director, although after her maternity leave she found she was not permitted to work part time in the legal department, and took a part time role in the business team. In 2016 she was made redundant, and she did not work after that.’

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Becket Chambers, 2nd November 2020

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Costs and proceedings – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Recent changes to the Family Procedure Rules (FPR) 2010 and views expressed from the bench mean that there has been an increased emphasis upon parties making open offers and seeking to narrow the issues in financial remedy proceedings. Not since the long-lamented demise of Calderbank letters have there been so many cases with clear warnings about costs.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th November 2020

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Court corrects gaffe which allowed ex-husband to stop payments – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 16th, 2020 in county courts, divorce, families, financial provision, litigants in person, news by sally

‘A court has permitted the correction of an order which accidentally allowed a husband to stop making payments to his ex-wife.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th November 2020

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What about me?: Reframing Support for Families following Parental Separation – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted November 12th, 2020 in children, divorce, family courts, parental responsibility, press releases by tracey

‘A report by the Family Solutions Group, entitled What about me?: Reframing Support for Families following Parental Separation, has been published.

President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, said: “This report brings together the various lines of thinking of recent years aimed at finding a better way to achieve good co-parenting between separated parents. It is an important and impressive document.”‘

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 12th November 2020

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Appealing an arbitration award – Transparency Project

‘The question the court had to decide recently was what was the test to be applied by the court in those cases where the parties had agreed to arbitration, but one party was dissatisfied with the award?’

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Transparency Project, 26th October 2020

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Divorcing A Parent – Pallant Chambers

Posted October 21st, 2020 in chambers articles, children, divorce, families, news, parental responsibility by sally

‘A spoilt teenager may selfishly cry “I wish you weren’t my mum / dad anymore!” for dramatic effect, but in other families this can be the genuine plea of an abused child. Their desire to cut ties and to restrict the abusive parent’s involvement in their lives is usually understandable but is not always easy to do.’

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Pallant Chambers, 19th October 2020

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Financial Remedy: OG v AG [2020] EWFC 52: Value of a business, Covid, Brexit and Beyond – Becket Chambers

‘During these troubled times, when a reliable crystal ball would be helpful, the case of OC v AG [2020] EWFC 52 in which judgement was handed down on the 29th of July 2020, is of interest.’

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Becket Chambers, 2nd October 2020

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Elton John and ex-wife Renate Blauel settle legal dispute – The Guardian

Posted October 15th, 2020 in divorce, injunctions, media, news, privacy by tracey

“Sir Elton John and his ex-wife, Renate Blauel, have settled a legal case brought after details of the marriage were featured in the singer’s memoir and biopic.”

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The Guardian, 14th October 2020

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High Court upholds order to stop barrister from acting – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has upheld a highly unusual order prohibiting counsel from continuing to act for the father in a bitter child custody dispute because of acrimony between her and the mother.’

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Legal Futures, 14th October 2020

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No fault divorce – why lawyers like me hope new law can end the bitter blame game – Family Law

Posted October 2nd, 2020 in bills, divorce, families, family courts, legal profession, news, solicitors by tracey

‘As a divorce lawyer, it is important to remember that you are the ultimate distress purchase. No-one starts their marriage thinking it will end in divorce. If the sad day does come when a marriage fails, emotions can run high. Parties can be quick to blame each other for the breakdown. They may think that in placing the blame at the door of the other spouse, they may achieve a better financial outcome, or more time with the kids. You may think “so far, so good” for divorce lawyers. Surely they will benefit from a “War of the Roses” style divorce battle with each party playing the blame game? After all, we all know the good Yorkshire saying: “Where there’s muck, there’s brass”.’

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Family Law, 30th September 2020

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Costs rules: what you need to know – Family Law

Posted September 18th, 2020 in costs, divorce, families, financial dispute resolution, financial provision, news by tracey

‘“No one enters litigation simply expecting a blank cheque.” Francis J in WG v HG [2018] EWFC 84. But is this the case, or are we experiencing a new wave of litigants chancing their luck at the roulette wheel? Costs in financial remedy proceedings have come increasingly under the spotlight in recent years, most recently highlighted in some interesting and important commentary by Mostyn J, Francis J and Cohen J as to the manner in which litigation is conducted.’

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Family Law, 16th September 2020

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Family Law Newsletter – Spire Barristers

‘Issue #35 of Spire Barristers’ Family Law Newsletter: edited by Connie Purdy and Taz Irshad; news and Case Reviews by Georgina Dalton.’

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Spire Barristers, 22nd July 2020

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My ex has made an application for a Child Arrangements Order – now what will happen to me and my kids? – Becket Chambers

Posted July 28th, 2020 in child arrangements orders, children, divorce, family courts, news by sally

‘Many parents find it difficult to agree on the arrangements for their children after separating. This can be an extremely stressful and upsetting situation for everyone concerned. The priority should be to shield the children from arguments wherever possible but what should you do when you receive an application for a Child Arrangements Order and what does that mean for your children?’

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Becket Chambers, 22nd July 2020

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Treatment of pensions on divorce – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In July 2019, the Pensions Advisory Group (PAG) published its essential guide to the treatment of pensions on divorce. The report is available on the Nuffield Foundation website. The impact of the report can be seen in the weight attached to it in three recent decisions concerning the treatment of pensions on divorce.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th July 2020

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Financial Remedy Update, July 2020 – Family Law Week

Posted July 14th, 2020 in chambers articles, divorce, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Sue Brookes Principal Associate, Family Lawyer, Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator for Mills & Reeve LLP considers the important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during July 2020.’

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Family Law Week, 13th July 2020

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Supreme Court hands down judgment in Villiers v Villiers – Parklane Plowden Chambers

‘Charles and Emma Villiers married in 1994. They moved to Scotland the following year and lived there throughout their married life. The couple separated in 2012, when the wife and the parties’ daughter left the former matrimonial home and moved to England, where the wife continues to reside. Mrs Villiers issued a divorce petition in July 2013 on the basis of her habitual residence for 12 months preceding the presentation of the petition.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 1st July 2020

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Negligence claim over divorce assets ruled to be time-barred – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 10th, 2020 in appeals, damages, divorce, law firms, negligence, news, time limits by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has upheld a law firm’s case that a £125,000 professional negligence claim against a firm for its handling of a divorce was issued too late. In Holt v Holley & Steer Solicitors (a firm), judges held that any alleged cause of action happened in the lead-up to divorce proceedings being finalised, and this was the starting point for the six-year limitation period.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 8th July 2020

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Villiers v Villiers – Blackstone Chambers

‘This appeal concerned the jurisdiction of an English court to make a maintenance order in favour of the wife (“W”) pursuant to s.27 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (“MCA”) in circumstances where the parties lived for most of their marriage in Scotland and the divorce proceedings issued by the husband (“H”) were conducted in Scotland.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 1st July 2020

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Is COVID-19 a Barder Event? Considering the enforceability of financial settlements in light of COVID-19 – Thomas More Chambers

‘The potential short and longer-term consequences of the COVID-19 crisis upon the global and national economy are now well-known. Financial remedy practitioners have been anticipating a number of queries from clients potentially seeking to make an application to set aside their concluded financial settlements, because of the effect current events have had or may have upon their finances. Questions therefore arise about whether or not the effects of COVID-19 are capable of being treated as a Barder Event by the family courts, and thus to act as a basis to revisit final financial remedy orders.’

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Thomas More Chambers, 6th July 2020

Source: www.thomasmore.co.uk