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Children’s objections to a return order

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February 6, 2018 1 comment

family law

“The ethos of the Convention is that the courts where the children are habitually resident will decide what is best for the children on all the available evidence, and on the basis of a timescale allowing for proper enquiry and consideration in the home state; the decision about what is best for the children will…

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Divorcing couple ‘have lost touch with reality’

February 5, 2018 1 comment

family law

A divorcing couple have spent almost a third of their wealth on legal fees as their acrimonious divorce continues. The estranged pair run a firm supplying luxury bath wear to hotels and spas. Thanks to its success they accumulated around £6.6 million in assets: but have already spent close to £2 million of that arguing…

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Civil partnerships for straight couples back on the agenda

February 5, 2018 1 comment

family law

A bill that could lead to heterosexual couples gaining the right to enter civil partnerships has received an unopposed second reading in Parliament. Since the introduction of gay marriage in March 2014, civil partnerships have been an option only available to same sex couples. This has been a source of some controversy and Londoners Rebecca…

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IKEA founder’s heirs won’t inherit his billions

February 2, 2018 2 comments

wills and probate

The heirs of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad won’t inherit his fortune thanks to a unique series of trusts and holding companies. Swede Ingvar Kamprad founded the multinational furniture and homeware store as long ago as 1943, before the end of the Second World War. In its earliest incarnation it was a mail order firm and…

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Child maintenance statistics, online divorce and more

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February 2, 2018 4 comments

family law

A week in family law We begin with the release of the latest child support/maintenance statistics by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). These statistics, which relate to the three months up to the end of September 2017, concern child maintenance arrangements made after parents spoke to the Child Maintenance Options (CMO) service. For…

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Russian oil billionaire appeals £453 million settlement

February 1, 2018 0 comments

finances and divorce

The solicitor representing a Russian oil billionaire has appealed against a £453 million financial settlement. If his appeal is unsuccessful, the award could be the biggest settlement ever made in an English divorce court. Oil trader Farkhad Akhmedov, 62, met his wife Tatiana in Moscow in 1989. They married and moved to London four years…

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