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Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings

Posted on 02nd April 2019 in Family Law

If you are experiencing difficulties with a family matter, such as issues relating to a potential divorce and the associated financial aspects or issues concerning your children, you may be considering court proceedings. Before you can make an application to the court in relation to a family issue you must attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM). There are exemptions available and these can be discussed with you if necessary.

Posted by

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor

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Bitcoin, the hidden gem in divorce?

Posted on 04th March 2019 in Family Law

Bitcoin is the most well-known type of cryptographic currency which came into existence in 2009, following the global market crash. Throughout recent years Bitcoin has exploded in its popularity. Despite this, there has been a grey cloud pending over Bitcoin and its validity. Is Bitcoin a new form of currency that is part of the dark online underworld? Or is this simply a combination of currency and technology in an ever-evolving technological world? To help answer these questions, it is important to understand some of the key terminologies and exactly how Bitcoin operates.

Posted by

Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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Questionnaires in Financial Remedy Proceedings

Posted on 11th February 2019 in Family Law

To prepare for the First Appointment in financial remedy proceedings, each party must file with the Court and serve the other party a questionnaire in respect of their financial disclosure (Form E). When completing Form E, the parties have an obligation to the Court to give full, frank and clear disclosure. The duty is ongoing and includes a duty to disclose any material change in financial circumstances.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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Can I Be Forced to Sell a Jointly Owned House?

Posted on 29th January 2019 in Family Law

Whether you are married or in a cohabiting relationship, if you jointly own a property then there are steps that your spouse or partner can take to force the sale of your home.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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Divorce and the Family Farm

Posted on 22nd January 2019 in Family Law

The breakdown of a marriage in any family is upsetting, but within a farming family a divorce can be particularly difficult to resolve.

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Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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What Happens During a MIAM?

Posted on 05th November 2018 in Family Law

Before any application can be made to court in matrimonial and family matters there is a requirement to attend a MIAM unless there are good reasons why a MIAM is not appropriate, for example in emergency cases or where there is Domestic Abuse.

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Ricky Noble

Paralegal

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What Happens When a Parent Wants to Move Away and Take the Children With Them?

Posted on 25th August 2018 in Family Law

These days more and more people are spending time abroad, whether they’re overseas on business, trying to build a new life in a different country, or just taking a long trip.

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Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor

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Your Rights as a Step-Parent After a Divorce

Posted on 20th June 2018 in Family Law

If you’re a recently divorced step-parent and are wondering what rights you have in regard to seeing your step-children, there’s a number of things you need to know. Here, we take a look at what happens after a divorce, what measures a step-parent can take in order to gain access to a step-child, and whether there any financial obligations that need to be met.

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Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor

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An Overview: No Fault Divorce

Posted on 01st June 2018 in Family Law

The only way to legally dissolve a marriage is by way of divorce proceedings. At the moment, there is only one ground for divorce being that the marriage has broken down irretrievably which is then proved by reliance upon one of five facts.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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Confidentiality in Family Proceedings

Posted on 12th April 2018 in Family Law

The general rule in private family proceedings is that they are confidential and therefore the details are not widely available. Often when a higher court judgment is published, the parties’ names are anonymised and this applies to all private family proceedings unless there are significant public policy or public interest reasons to the contrary.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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What Rights Do You Have to the Family Home When You Get Divorced?

Posted on 25th March 2018 in Family Law

The family home is likely to be the biggest asset within the marriage. Both parties have a right of occupation, even if the property is owned in one party’s sole name. Negotiations will need to take place to determine what will happen to the property. There are a few options available:

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive

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Setting Aside Financial Orders

Posted on 16th March 2018 in Family Law

There are very limited circumstances in which a financial order can be set aside. The power to set aside an order only exists where no error of the court is alleged. In those cases where an error of the court is alleged then an application for permission to appeal should be considered.

Posted by

Aimee Aspinall

Chartered Legal Executive