A tax allowance, civil partnerships, and more

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September 29, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law The President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has said that lawyers should embrace technology, as people increasingly expect to access services online. Speaking at the inaugural conference of YRes, Resolution’s network of family law professionals at the start of their careers, the President, whilst acknowledging that not every…

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Millions missing out on ‘marriage tax break’

September 25, 2017 0 comments

family life

More than two million couples eligible for the much heralded marriage tax break are not claiming, HMRC has reported. If spouse in a married couple earns less than the minimal amount on which income tax is payable (currently £11,000 per year), the scheme allows them to transfer part of their ‘tax-free personal allowance’ (as earnings…

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Loopholes ‘depriving single parents of child support’

June 26, 2017 19 comments

finances and divorce

‘Loopholes’ mean too many absent parents are not paying their dues, single parent charity Gingerbread has claimed. In a new report entitled Children Deserve More, Gingerbread insist that recent reforms to the child maintenance system have “prioritised administrative convenience over all other concerns” and “desperate” parents with care are being let down by an unhelpful…

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Children’s rights, Cafcass figures and more

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January 13, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Perhaps it has something to do with the time of year, but there haven’t been an awful lot of family law stories of importance this week. Still, I have come up with the following. The continuing saga of the problem of alleged perpetrators of domestic violence cross-examining their alleged victims…

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Bankruptcy, reporting abuse and more

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July 29, 2016 1 comment

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A week in family law These are the highlights of another busy week in the world of family law: The first ever annual statistics on the incidence of Female Genital Mutilation (‘FGM’) in England have been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The statistics show that there were 5,700 newly recorded cases…

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Bankruptcy and the sale of your home

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July 26, 2016 1 comment

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On the day of the Referendum vote, I was in London and had to take three taxis to get where I was going. I don’t like Uber. Every time I’ve travelled in one the driver has been glued to the satnav and the experience hasn’t been pleasant. So I stick with the black cabs. I’m…

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Stamp duty and divorce

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July 12, 2016 5 comments

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On 30 June the Telegraph announced that “Thousands of Divorce Settlements could be left open to appeal” because of the new Stamp Duty Land Tax surcharge.  This was a somewhat exaggerated claim, given that the rate of the SDLT surcharge is three per cent of the purchase price of a property, but I take the…

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A Kafkaesque child support decision

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March 8, 2016 0 comments

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Never having read any Kafka, I thought that, before I wrote this post, I should check my understanding of the term ‘Kafkaesque’, by Googling for a definition of the word. As with so many such commonly used terms, I quickly found that the definitions did not always quite match with one another. However, rightly or…

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