Applying for decree absolute: an essential guide

April 21, 2017 2 comments

family law

Once the interim stage in divorce, the decree nisi, has been pronounced, the petitioner (the person who has initiated the divorce) must wait a minimum of six weeks and one day before asking the court for the final stage, known as the decree absolute. This is done by completing a simple form and lodging it…

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Council need not pay costs for successful appeal

April 21, 2017 1 comment

family law

A woman in her 70s who defied Court of Protection rulings has failed in her bid to secure an order for costs from Devon County Council for one of two appeals. The woman in question had been appointed personal attorney to ‘MM’, an elderly gentleman who had developed dementia and lived at a care home…

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Probate fee increase dropped ahead of election

April 21, 2017 0 comments

family law

A proposed increase in administration fees for probate cases has been dropped ahead of this summer’s snap general election. The Ministry of Justice claims that there is not enough time for this legislation to make its way through Parliament before its dissolution in May. That was originally supposed to be the month that these changes…

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Online divorce pilot ‘extremely successful’

April 21, 2017 3 comments

family law

The government’s first attempt to introduce an online divorce system has been “extremely successful” according to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). Plans for the service were announced by President of the Family Division Sir James Munby in 2016 and a pilot scheme was launched earlier this year at the East Midlands Divorce Centre…

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