Pitfalls for the litigant in person

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March 31, 2016 13 comments

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I wrote here on Tuesday about the plight of the litigant in person, who has to negotiate the family justice system without the help of proper legal advice and representation. It didn’t take me long to come across a case that clearly demonstrates the difficulties and pitfalls that a litigant in person can face. The…

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Ex civil partner seeks larger settlement

January 29, 2015 1 comment

civil partnership

The ex-partner of a successful property developer has returned to court seeking a larger settlement. Helen Roocroft had a 19 year relationship with Carol Ann Ainscow, who died in 2013, the London Evening Standard reports, and the pair entered a civil partnership. After the couple separated she accepted a settlement of £162,000, the paper says,…

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Divorce and rebound relationships

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September 23, 2014 2 comments

cohabitation

I was surprised to find this morning that a case we reported on the blog yesterday has caught the attention of the national press. AB v CD was, on the face of it, a relatively uncomplicated divorce hearing. The couple had been married for nine years and together for 13. They started a business together…

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President praises Family Justice Young People’s Board

August 18, 2014 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The President of the Family Division has praised the work of the Family Justice Young People’s Board. Made up of around 40 youngsters, the Board was created by Cafcass in 2006 to represent the views of children and young people with personal experience of the family justice system. Cafcass was itself established to promote the…

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Son denied promise of father’s business in will

August 7, 2014 0 comments

financial remedy

The Court of Appeal has rejected a son’s claim that he was promised a controlling interest in his father’s business in a will. Christopher Shield, son of millionaire engineering tycoon Richard Shield, hoped to challenge a previous ruling that there was no “binding agreement regarding the receipt of shares [in the company] by [his father’s] Will”….

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Important cases: Xydhias v Xydhias

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August 6, 2014 0 comments

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I wrote here a couple of weeks ago about the case of Edgar v Edgar, which dealt with the issue of when a financial/property agreement reached between husband and wife was binding. But what if the agreement is incomplete? Is it still binding then? This was the issue facing the Court of Appeal in the…

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