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Separating when you have children –


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The end of a relationship can be a difficult time for everybody involved, and that includes the children of the family. However, it’s much easier to make arrangements amicably between both parents than it is to apply to the court for a child arrangement order.


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The Civil Partnerships Bill – equality for all couples?


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Equality within civil partnerships made the news in October 2018, following a Supreme Court defeat earlier this year, and now the he Civil Partnerships Bill has secured its third reading in the House of Commons without the need for a vote –


Cafcass publishes new assessment framework


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The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has been looking into ways to support children involved in private law cases and has recently come up with a new framework to support their work and help assess the effects that family law proceedings can have on children.


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Parliament looking into no fault divorce laws


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Divorce law came a step closer to its first reform in fifty years last month, after draft legislation was published asking Parliament to consider the idea of ‘no-fault divorce’

Experts realised that the current laws about divorce can lead to extra conflict and make break ups more painful than they need to be,


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Supreme Court decision on payment of extra rental costs


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The Supreme Court recently heard an appeal against an order made in the Court of Appeal, which had increased the amount of money paid as periodical payments to his ex-partner. 

The case, Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38  involved a couple who had divorced in 2002 following a 15 -year marriage.


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New Supreme Court judgment


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A recent judgement may open the door to civil partnership agreements being an option for people of opposite sexes.

In June 2018, the Supreme Court heard an appeal against different-sex couples being unable to legally enter into a civil partnership.


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Dobson – vs – Griffey and why you need a cohabitation agreement


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A recent court judgement has underlined just how important it is for unmarried couples who live together to put a cohabitation agreement in place covering their finances. What you think is ‘fair’ when it comes to property you own as a couple may not be supported by the law.


UK Surrogacy laws under review


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The number of children born via a surrogate is thought to be as much as 10 times higher than it was just a decade ago. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West recently chose to use a surrogate to carry their third child,


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Court of Appeal ruling may impact maintenance agreements


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A recent high-profile divorce ruling may have far reaching implications for future payments under maintenance agreements in divorce proceedings.

Waggott -vs Waggott, which has been called the ‘meal ticket for life’ case, reached the Court of Appeal recently,


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Grounds for divorce


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If you want to get divorced, legally you need to come up with a reason – this is called your ‘grounds’ for divorce. It’s important to think carefully about which reason applies to you and your partner before you start proceedings or talk to a family law solicitor who can give you advice if you’re not sure.