Divorce: Spain versus England by Christopher Lee

January 9, 2018 1 comment

international divorce

Clients may have a choice of where to divorce.  Here we examine some of the very different procedures and possible outcomes that may arise if a couple has the right to divorce both in Spain and England or Wales (which, for simplicity, we’ll refer to here simply as ‘England’). London is (in)famously billed as “the…

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Memories of family cases at Somerset House

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December 7, 2017 1 comment

divorce

Whilst reading a piece of news the other day (more of which in a moment) I was reminded of when I used to be a regular visitor to the Divorce Registry at Somerset House. Given that the central courtyard at Somerset House is currently hosting its annual ice skating rink, the event for which the…

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Same sex couples caught in legal limbo over Channel

October 23, 2017 2 comments

family law

A multinational same sex couple face the prospect of having to abandon plans to move to France. London-based Leandro Barreto and François Souyri have now been together for nine years. They entered a civil partnership in 2008 and later took advantage of the option to convert civil partnerships into a full legal marriage, as well…

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Parental alienation: clarity at last

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October 16, 2017 60 comments

family life

Professionals came together to recognise the impact of parental alienation on children at a special conference organised by the Central London branch of FNF (Families Need Fathers) this Saturday. Senior figures in the sector attended, including Cafcass CEO Anthony Douglas, His Honour Judge Stephen Wildblood, barrister Francesca Wiley QC and the NSPCC’s Head of Safeguarding,…

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Son of Russian oligarch wins back divorce ‘top up’

October 6, 2017 1 comment

family law

The son of a Russian oligarch has won back £1.14 million that had been awarded to his ex-wife as a divorce settlement ‘top up’. The 47 year-old son of a telecommunications mogul had originally agreed to pay his wife £5.1 million following their divorce back in Russia. He also gave her a flat in Moscow…

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Billionaire denies marrying ‘wife’ of 14 years

October 5, 2017 0 comments

family law

A billionaire London property mogul has claimed that he and his wife of 14 years were never legally married. The couple divorced last November but the 50 year-old husband now wants the decision reversed for this reason. He told the High Court that his ‘marriage’ was based on a false certificate the couple used to…

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Councils to advise struggling London Borough

September 19, 2017 0 comments

London, Family Law

The London Borough of Islington and Lincolnshire County Council have agreed to become “intervention advisors” at the troubled London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Earlier this year the children’s services department at Tower Hamlets was declared ‘inadequate’ by the inspectorate Ofsted. Its strongly-worded criticisms included the suggestion that child protection had “significantly deteriorated” since the previous…

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Fostering grandmother let down by London borough

September 18, 2017 5 comments

foster care

A London grandmother who took on the care of her grandson is to receive four years-worth of backdated foster payments from the Royal Borough of Greenwich. She had taken in her grandson when social workers in the Borough grew concerned that the boy’s mother couldn’t look after him properly and said they would start care…

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Government takes over Croydon children’s services

September 6, 2017 1 comment

family law

The government has assumed control of the children’s services at the London Borough of Croydon after inspections revealed “widespread and serious” failures. The council’s social workers had not adequately followed the guidelines for dealing with children at risk of abuse and those who had run away from home, according to Ofsted. Inspectors also reported that…

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