Christmas family conflict

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December 15, 2017 1 comment

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As a legal practitioner here at Stowe Family Law LLP, specialising particularly in private cases involving children, I am always conscious at this time of the year that the Christmas period can be very difficult for some families: particularly if they are separated and the parents can’t agree on arrangements for their children over the…

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Divorce doesn’t have to be a battle

December 5, 2017 4 comments

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Yes, there are amicable splits, but getting divorced is normally a very difficult time for everyone involved. Flashpoints and rows flare daily between two people who were once at their happiest in each other’s company, and the emotional toll can take years to recover from. The very nature of divorce appears to be combative. As…

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Australian government to review family law system

October 2, 2017 0 comments

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The Australian government has announced plans to review the country’s family law system. On Thursday, Attorney General George Brandis said the Australian Law Reform Commission will undertake the most thorough examination of family law since the 1970s. The review was “necessary and long-overdue” he claimed, as “families and their needs have significantly evolved” in that…

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What parents in dispute should know about SPIPS

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August 23, 2017 2 comments

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For any couple with children, whether married or unmarried, unable to agree arrangements for them and embroiled in court proceedings under the Children Act 1989, the chances are that at an early stage in the proceedings the Court will order both parents to attend what is known as a ‘SPIP’: a separated parents information programme….

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Indian judge complains of spiralling divorce rate

August 7, 2017 0 comments

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A family judge in the central Indian city of Vijayawada has complained of spiralling divorce rates. The so-called Additional Family Court in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, sees an average of 10 to 15 new applications for divorce or legal separation every single day. Meanwhile the city’s Principal Family Court currently more than 500 pending divorce cases…

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Divorce: 60% of couples ignore MIAMs

June 26, 2017 7 comments

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As many as 60 per cent of couples seeking a divorce do not attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before taking their case to court. In April 2014, the then-coalition government made the attendance of such meetings compulsory for anyone who wanted to bring their marriage to an end. However, a new report…

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Privacy, mediation and more

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January 27, 2017 7 comments

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A week in family law The debate over publicity and privacy in financial remedy cases may be about to be clarified. An application for a reporting restriction order by a former wife involved in financial remedy proceedings has been rejected by the Court of Appeal. Tina Norman had claimed that her financial affairs were “private…

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Mediation and consent orders

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January 25, 2017 6 comments

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Along with the decree absolute, consent orders are the traditional end point of any divorce settlement. As the name implies, such orders set out what each party has agreed to, the terms on which they have consented to a financial settlement. Typically they describe precisely how you and your soon-to-be-former-spouse will divide your assets, whether…

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