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Category Archives: Family & Relationships

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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Brigid O’Malley – Solicitor in our Family team – summarises how the Government’s latest coronavirus advice impacts the arrangements for children of separated parents

  On Monday 23rd March 2020 the Government announced further strict measures in the battle against coronavirus.  We are in unprecedented times and the measures being implemented are having far and wide-reaching implications on all of us. If you are a parent you might be worried about what these measures will have on the arrangements... Read the rest of this entry →

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Brigid O’Malley – Family Solicitor – Divorce Q&A

When you have separated from your spouse and may be contemplating Divorce proceedings, there are several questions that might arise. We hope to answer some of them in this Question and Answer blog. What do I need to issue Divorce proceedings? You must have the original, or a certified copy, of your Marriage Certificate. If... Read the rest of this entry →

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Kirsty Morbey – Partner in our Family Law department – provides an update re. “No Fault” Divorce

On 9th April 2019, the Government announced that after years of campaigning and lobbying, that there was finally going to be reform of the divorce laws. The ground-breaking change announced, was that the Government intended to do away with the old style of divorce where you had to give a reason in support of the... Read the rest of this entry →

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Brigid O’Malley – Family Solicitor – Pre-Nuptial Agreements Q&A

What is a Pre-nuptial agreement? A Pre-nuptial agreement is an agreement entered into by two people planning to get married or enter into a civil partnership to set out how their assets may be divided or retained should their marriage come to an end. Are Pre-nuptial agreements legally binding? Many people are surprised when they... Read the rest of this entry →

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