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Spanish father loses appeal in Spanish residency case

October 26, 2012 18 comments

In a Court of Appeal hearing earlier this week, a Spanish father lost an appeal against an judgment granting his former partner permission to take their child back to Spain. It is a thought-provoking case, and one which I suspect will be long quoted in future relocation proceedings. The case concerned a Spanish couple  with…

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News: Permission to appeal refused in financial remedy case

October 25, 2012 0 comments

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In a recently published case, a judge has refused permission to appeal against a ‘financial remedy’ order (a legal order in relation to finances made following a divorce). The wife in the case had been awarded £100,000 towards her legal costs, after successfully claiming that her former husband had been guilty of “extreme litigation misconduct…

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News: Two vacancies open in Family Division of the High Court

October 25, 2012 0 comments

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The Judicial Appointments Commission has been asked to make two appointments to the Family Division of the High Court, to fill vacancies opening there from spring next year. It will also be selecting nine candidates for the Queens Bench Division. Candidates will need to “demonstrate potential leadership qualities”, says the Commission. “Queen’s Bench Division judges…

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Oprah Winfrey’s father divorcing third wife

October 25, 2012 0 comments

The father of US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, 79 year-old Vernon Winfrey, is reported to be in the midst of a drawn-out and bitter divorce from his third wife Barbara. The allegations, listed in court documents which have just come to light, are a celebrity journalist’s dream: infidelities, threatened shootings….even overdrafts! Vernon, a barber…

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Divorce Clinic on ITV This Morning

October 24, 2012 11 comments

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Earlier today I appeared on ITV This Morning, on the programme’s regular Divorce Clinic. Viewers called and emailed with their questions about divorce and Christmas. I know it is only October, but This Morning has already received a startling number of queries from those who are anxious about what to do at Christmas time. If…

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News: Confusion warnings over child benefit reclaim

October 24, 2012 0 comments

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A soon-to-be introduced new system for cutting child benefit payments to higher earners could lead to widespread confusion, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. Under the system, due to be introduced at the beginning of January, when at least one partner in a couple earns more than £50,000 per year, child benefit will…

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News: Tribunal judge drowned after satnav error

October 24, 2012 1 comment

A tribunal judge was drowned alongside his dog when his wife drove into a ford swollen by heavy rains, an inquest has heard. Judge Jonathan Gammon, 52, was travelling with his wife Priscilla  Turner 55, and their dog to Thornfield Park Hospital in April this year, when she drove into the ford across the river…

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Domestic abuse and the successor to the Child Support Agency

October 24, 2012 6 comments

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The Child Maintenance Service could expose vulnerable women to indirect abuse by their former partners: that’s the rather startling message of the single parent charity Gingerbread, as outlined in a recent Guardian article. We have already taken a look at the Child Maintenance Service. This successor to the famous/ infamous (delete according to preference!) Child…

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