A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

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This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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Online divorce, no-fault divorce, and more

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November 3, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law The Justice Minister Dominic Raab has written to the Law Commission to say that it’s not the right time for a full review of marriage law, but the government hasn’t ruled out further work in the future. In December 2015 a scoping report from the Commission identified issues with the…

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Divorced women miss out on £5bn in pensions

November 1, 2017 1 comment

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Divorced women in the UK could be missing out on as much as £5 billion in pensions every year. In a survey of more than 10,000 people, more than half of married people said they would fight for their fair share of any jointly-owned property in the event of a divorce. More than a third…

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Supreme Court backs pensions equality for same sex couple

July 12, 2017 1 comment

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A former cavalry officer in a same sex marriage has secured a landmark pensions ruling from the Supreme Court. After leaving the military, John Walker, now 65, spent his career at chemicals company Innospec, contributing to the firm’s occupational pensions scheme.  He entered a civil partnership in January 2006 and this was later converted into…

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Consent orders, divorce debt & death

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April 8, 2017 0 comments

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ASK A FAMILY LAWYER In this regular column, Stowe Family Law solicitors answer readers’ questions on different legal issues.  Today’s query goes to Neil Dring, a solicitor in our Wetherby office. If you have a question, send it to ask@stowefamilylaw.co.uk. “In my consent order I was given the marital home and my ex had the…

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