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Category Archives: Family & Relationships

Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on the launch of Resolution’s manifesto which is calling for changes to law on divorce and separation.

As a family lawyer it is motivating and uplifting to hear that Resolution has launched a ‘Manifesto for Family Law’. It is intended to be wake-up call for current and future politicians to alert them to issues that need to be addressed in family law. It requests the next government to: Protect vulnerable people going... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on the centralisation of Divorce cases.

It is fair to say that many family practitioners will be apprehensive about the development that all divorces for the North West of England are to be issued in Liverpool Family Court. Where a divorce is undefended (agreed), the proceedings will remain at Liverpool but will be transferred to the parties’ local court in the... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on family court judges being given the power to order DNA tests.

The availability of this power can only be a positive thing for the children involved. It is common for parents to have disputes over paternity and then for one of the parents to delay or frustrate proceedings by not cooperating with the paternity testing. This could either be the father not giving the required sample... Read the rest of this entry →

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Family Newsletter – January 2015

A very warm welcome to the first departmental newsletter of 2015. This month’s focus is on our Family team. DeBrieF FACT SHEET Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on the divorce process The most common enquiry the Family team receives at this time of year tends to be about commencing divorce proceedings.... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss Sees 55% Rise in Demand for Pre-nups but Warns of Risks to Clients

Davis Blank Furniss has reported a 55% rise in clients enquiring about prenuptial agreements over the past 12 months, but is warning potential users not to be complacent and to understand their potential pitfalls. Although not legally binding in accordance with present legislation, the firm’s Family team says this isn’t putting clients off despite lawyers... Read the rest of this entry →

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Common Myths and Misconceptions about Divorce Debunked

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding divorce and family law, which can make it difficult for separating couples to understand what to expect from the process. The family law department at Davis Blank Furniss is often asked a similar set of questions by clients and are required to debunk a series of misperceptions from... Read the rest of this entry →

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DeBrieF INTERVIEW: Common Myths and Misconceptions in Family Law

Anita Shepherd – family solicitor and head of the Family department discusses some of the common myths and misconceptions in Family Law… It is a regular occurrence when I am advising a client on relationship breakdown that they claim to have been advised as to their rights by friends, acquaintances, relatives or colleagues. It always... Read the rest of this entry →

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Family Newsletter – June 2014

A very warm welcome to the latest in our new series of departmental specific newsletters; this month is dedicated to our busy and dynamic Family team. DeBrieF INTERVIEW Anita Shepherd – family solicitor and head of the Family department discusses some of the common myths and misconceptions in Family Law… It is a regular occurrence... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss Becomes Panel Member for Lawyer Supported Mediation

Davis Blank Furniss is pleased to announce that is now a panel member for Lawyer Supported Mediation. Other panel members are Slater and Gordon (incorporating Pannone), Gorvins, Higgins Miller, SAS Daniels, Birchall Blackburn La, Hartley Thomas and Wright, Cuttles and Co and Blavo and Co. The panel has also joined forces with three highly experienced... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – Head of the Family Team at Davis Blank Furniss – Responds to The Law Commission’s Proposals for Litigant-friendly Divorce Reforms

The law reform body has recommended the introduction of financial needs guidance and ‘qualifying’ prenups. This has been threatened for some time now. With the complexities of family relationships it will be difficult for a formulae to be fixed to deal with potential outcomes. It may assist the average earner but I still believe it... Read the rest of this entry →

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