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Civil Partnership an option for opposite sex couples

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Civil Partnership has been an option for same sex couples since 2006, but opposite sex couples have been fighting for the right to enter into civil partnerships for almost as long. In December 2019,

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Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill reintroduced

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Divorce, Dissolution and Marriage Bill illustrated by signing papers

After the original Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill was shelved during the proroguing of parliament and general election of 2019, it was reintroduced into parliament on 7 January 2020.

The Bill, which has been designed to put an end to the ‘blame culture’ that surrounds divorce,

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Cohabitation Rights – still a long way away

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Couple holding hands - cohabitation rights for Gillbanks Law

Family lawyers have been eagerly awaiting new legal cohabitation rights for couples for some time now, but despite the introduction of the Cohabitation Rights Bill to the House of Lords in March 2019, so far there has been little progress in this complicated area of law.

Children’s cases – will the Judge take my criminal record into account?

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Children’s cases need special treatment – so if you are involved in a case concerning children, yes, the court will  need to know about any criminal records you may have, or previous involvement with the police. 

Why Gillbanks Family Law are experts in divorce and separation advice

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Gillbanks Family Law have given us a small insight into the expert advice and guidance they provide for those going through the inevitably complex and sensitive process of divorce or separation

“When a relationship breaks down one party might be ready to move on but the other party may still be struggling to come to terms with the separation,

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Nomination for Family Law Awards

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I was delighted to find out this week that I have been nominated for the award of ‘Family Law Chartered Legal Executive’ awarded by the judges for the Family Law Awards 2019.


The Family Law Awards were created to appreciate and recognise the importance of the work we do as family lawyers,

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Domestic abuse – Family lawyers asking for independent inquiry

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Lawyers who work with domestic abuse cases have written to Justice Ministers to call for  an independent inquiry into the way domestic abuse is handled in the family courts. More than 30 leading experts have signed the letter,

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‘Interesting Times’ ahead in family law?


President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, addressed the Resolution Conference on 5 April and spoke about major changes that were likely to impact family law in the next year.

Along with Brexit, he addressed the increasing case load of the family courts and called for radical reform to working practices and processes.


No weight given’ to pre-nuptial agreement in divorce of cosmetics heiress

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A recent decision by Mr Justice Mostyn ignored a pre-nuptial agreement between the parties and gave a financial remedies award in favour of a husband despite a pre-existing pre-nuptial agreement. 

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Arbitration – a sensible choice for dispute resolution

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A recent ruling has demonstrated that in family proceedings, arbitration awards or orders will now be recognised and enforced by the courts, cementing the useful role that arbitration can have.

Arbitration in family proceedings has been used for seven years in relation to financial matters.