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Category Archives: Family & Relationships

Anita Shepherd – partner and head of Family Law – discusses: A better way to Divorce.

I’m a proud member of Resolution which is a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way. Resolution membership is about the approach I take to my work. This means that as a Resolution member, I will always seek to reduce or manage any conflict... Read the rest of this entry →

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Caroline Bilous – senior solicitor – in our Family Law Team asks: Should I stay or should I go?

One of the many decisions that couples face is what will happen to the family home when they go their separate ways: Will it be sold or will it be retained by one spouse or another to provide a home for them and often also for the children of the family? An important first step... Read the rest of this entry →

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Family Law Newsletter – November 2016

A very warm welcome to the next in our series of departmental newsletters.  This month’s focus is on our Family team. DeBrieF FACT SHEET Anita Shepherd – partner and head of Family – discusses Divorce Mediation and how it works. How does divorce mediation work? Deciding to separate from your spouse can be difficult enough... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss Announces Pro-Bono Family Law Clinic with Manchester Free Legal Help

Davis Blank Furniss is delighted to announce that it will be staging a regular Family Law drop-in advice clinic with Manchester Free Legal Help (MFLH) on a pro-bono basis. The first clinic will take place on Friday 28th October (alternate Fridays thereafter) at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre. Davis Blank Furniss will offer advice on... Read the rest of this entry →

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Caroline Bilous Joins Davis Blank Furniss Family Team

Davis Blank Furniss has appointed Caroline Bilous as a senior solicitor in its Family team. Caroline will be based at our headquarters in Manchester but will also handle cases out of our Glossop office. Her new role will see her acting on behalf of clients seeking advice and assistance in relation to family matters including... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kirsty Morbey – associate solicitor – discusses: How Will Brexit Affect Family Law in England and Wales?

Since Brexit became a reality, there has been much debate about the future disassociation of the UK from the European Union.  As many family lawyers know, sometimes divorce proceedings can become extremely complicated, highly emotional and often end up with a result that neither side is particularly happy with. Obviously the hope is that the... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss announces new partner, promotions & NQ appointment

We are delighted to announce that Anita Shepherd has been promoted to partner in our Family team. Anita joined the firm in 2012 and works out of the Manchester and Glossop offices. She handles all aspects of family law and is also a Resolution Advanced Accredited Specialist with a focus on domestic abuse and advanced... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd, head of our Family Law team, discusses whether Divorce will eventually go online.

Speaking at the at the recent Family Law Bar Association annual dinner, Sir James Munby – president of the Family Division – raised the idea that divorce cases could begin shifting almost entirely online by 2017. In my view, this will very much depend on whether the Ministry of Justice is able to produce an... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – head of Family Law – on the Pension Sharing Orders and the New Single-Tier State Pension Rules

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has recently published guidance on how State Pension sharing will work in the light of the new Single-tier State Pension rules being introduced from 6th April 2016.  The information is aimed at legal and financial advisers, as well as the courts that make sharing orders. In simple terms,... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – head of Family Law – discusses pre-nuptial agreements.

“Pre-Nups” are certainly becoming more popular in the UK.  Only recently we reported an increase in enquiries about such agreements.  This was reinforced when Family Law Week confirmed that one in ten married people regret not making a pre-nuptial agreement.  It might be the influence of celebrities or simply due to the fact that financial... Read the rest of this entry →

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