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Category Archives: Family & Relationships

Danielle Cobb – Solicitor in the Family team at Davis Blank Furniss – discusses why more homemakers and stay-at-home mums need to be aware of pension sharing upon divorce.

Research carried out by experts has recently revealed that sadly there are vast gaps in pension wealth between men and women. Many people are now highlighting the need for more awareness amongst homemakers and non-working wives around pension sharing upon divorce. Pension sharing is one of the options available on divorce or the dissolution of... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss grows Family team with new solicitor appointment

We are delighted to announce that Danielle Cobb has been appointed as a solicitor in our Family team. Her new role will see her acting on behalf of clients seeking advice on all aspects of family law including divorce, matrimonial financial matters, child arrangement orders – including specific issue orders – and prohibited steps orders,... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kirsty Morbey – Family and Collaborative Law Partner – discusses the Gates’ high profile divorce and the rise of ‘Silver Separators’.

It has recently been announced that one of the richest men in the world, Bill Gates and his wife of 27 years, Melinda Gates are to divorce. The decision by the couple to end their very long and successful union has caused shock and dismay across the world. When a very high profile and wealthy... Read the rest of this entry →

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Caroline Bilous – Head of the Family team – tackles the biggest misconceptions around Financial Orders

Throughout my career I have worked hard to explain to my clients what they can expect from the divorce process and to clarify and pre-empt some of the very common misconceptions when it comes to their separation. One of the biggest is that once a divorce is finalised then this brings an end to any... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kirsty Morbey, Partner in our Family team, discusses the Panorama and Women’s Aid investigation which discovered a surge in domestic abuse during lockdown

Back at the start of lockdown, I wrote a blog post about how we all had to be more vigilant in spotting the signs of domestic violence in our communities as there were substantial fears as to how lockdown would impact upon the victims of domestic abuse. Unfortunately, a recent joint investigation by Panorama and... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kirsty Morbey, Partner in our Family team, shares an update on the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill.

I last wrote on this topic on the 4th February when I explained about the delays regarding the Parliamentary approval of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill. I am now very pleased to be able to report that the Bill concluded its passage through the House of Commons on 17th June.  It is anticipated that... Read the rest of this entry →

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Caroline Bilous – Partner in our Family team – explains what ADR Arbitration is and how can it help resolve your family dispute.

What is Arbitration? Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution that has been available for family disputes in England and Wales since 26th March 2012. The process involves the parties entering into an agreement under which they choose an Arbitrator to make a decision on the division of their assets. The Arbitrator’s decision is then... Read the rest of this entry →

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Brigid O’Malley – Solicitor in our Family team – shares an update on the advice around how Coronavirus may affect the arrangements for children and separated parents

Following on from the article in which I summarised how the Government’s latest Coronavirus advice impacts the arrangements for children of separated parents, the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary have also issued supplementary advice that may help parents facing difficult decisions about their children in light of the Coronavirus and the Government’s advice on social distancing.... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kirsty Morbey – Partner in our Family team – on why we must all be even more vigilant about spotting domestic abuse in our communities

We are living in unprecedented times and it would appear that one very unfortunate consequence of the current pandemic and lockdown is an increase in domestic violence and abuse. Domestic violence and abuse have similarities to the Coronavirus, in that they make no distinction between gender, age or class. There are hundreds of thousands of... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kirsty Morbey – Partner in our Family Law department – Collaborative Law Q&A

  What is Collaborative Law? Collaborative Law is way of resolving family matters without going to court. It provides individuals, who are currently experiencing a legal family issue, a chance to resolve their concerns without having to involve the often expensive process of going to court. In comparison to Mediation there are a few added... Read the rest of this entry →

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