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A recent consumer panel has suggested that family lawyers should be forced, by regulation, to offer all their services for a fixed fee. The argument runs that if dentists have to display a price list showing what their treatment costs are, then why shouldn’t family solicitors do the very same thing? But of course that argument misses the point. If you go to your dentist for a filling or a crown you can look at a price list and see what...

When people separate or divorce, they often mention that their ex has wealthy relatives from whom they can expect to inherit. It’s commonly assumed this should be brought into the mix and available for division just like any other asset on divorce. There’s even more of an issue when one party has already inherited assets during the marriage and wants to disentangle them from matrimonial funds. Divorce and anticipated inheritance As the law currently stands, there’s no requirement on a parent to...

A cautionary tale for those thinking of using online divorce services. Whilst these may well on the face of it seem like a cost effective way of dissolving your marriage, you could end up with a great deal more than you bargained for. Recently, a Welsh gentleman pleaded guilty to bigamy following his second marriage. He had apparently used an online divorce service for which he’d paid £600 in fees and believed that he was divorced. His second wedding certainly wasn’t...

As divorce law solicitors we’re well accustomed to hearing a wide range of arguments on why financial claims made following divorce are unfair or unreasonable, but a recent case took a particularly inventive approach. A Saudi Arabian billionaire had divorced his wife of 13 years via the Islamic practice of Talaq, which permits men to end their marriages simply by saying “I divorce you”, three times. His ex-wife then made an application to the High Court in England seeking a share of his fortune...

Going through separation and divorce can be very disruptive. It is also a time when strong emotions come to the surface. A relationship breakdown will involve you in making major life decisions at a time when you are likely to be feeling stressed. Whether they are decisions about your family, your home, your work, your finances or the care and welfare of your children, the consequences are likely to affect you and your family for many years to come. We pride ourselves...

Slee Blackwell Barrister Roderick Moore takes a look at the Supreme Court’s decisions in two leading cases, Sharland v Sharland and Gohil v Gohil , which set down new principles to be applied in divorce cases where one party has been prejudiced by fraudulent misrepresentation or non-disclosure of key financial information by another. Failure to provide full and frank disclosure in divorce cases In summary, the cases of Sharland and Gohil establish that where an agreement to compromise an ancillary relief application...

School holidays can be a difficult time for parents who have separated. Trying to arrange how the holidays will be split between mums and dads to make sure the children have the happiest time with both their parents is not an easy task. It is not just the holidays however that prove troubling when it comes to arrangements for children. All year round and as children grow up, the challenges of being a parent don’t dwindle or disappear. It may be that...

We are offering a new funding option to clients in Family and Divorce cases that allows legal fees to be minimised. For many people today the internet is their first port of call for advice and assistance, even in legal matters. A quick search will produce any number of sites telling you how to do your own divorce. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. They’re certainly cheap, but if they go wrong they will undoubtedly cause you to pay far more...

When a new partner comes into your life it often raises the vexed question of when should they meet your children When a relationship breaks down, its natural to feel that this is it; we will be alone forever. For most people however time passes, wounds heal and new relationships are formed. But new relationships bring new problems. If you have children the question is always when will the time be right for them to meet your new partner. The issues are...

When a marriage breaks down, one of the first casualties is trust. Resolving the financial issues is often a contentious area. it’s all too common for one party to be convinced that the other isn’t providing a full picture of their financial circumstances and that, in consequence, they will be prevented from getting a fair settlement. Sometimes these suspicions are groundless; sometimes they’re not. Sometimes people will spend significant sums of money trying to prove that assets and income have been...