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Reflections on Family Law: What is ‘Family’?

Michael Allum & Emma Chowdhury

The days of the exclusively paper-based family lawyer could be numbered: The International Family Law Group LLP pilots online divorce

The International Family Law Group LLP is excited to be one of just four law firms selected to beta test the Court Services’ online divorce pilot from 31 July 2018.  Though initially only the divorce petition itself, in coming months it will be the entire process from the petition through until decree absolute online via the Court Service portal. 

Financial Consent Orders can now be filed online

On Monday 6th August 2018 the family courts will take another step towards becoming digital.   From that date applications for consent orders in family court financial proceedings can be filed online rather than delivery to a physical court office.  For many law firms increasingly geared towards the digital rather than the paper, this is yet further welcome progress. 

Owens v Owens: Supreme Court dismisses wife’s appeal

The Supreme Court this morning unanimously dismissed Mrs Owens’ appeal in the eagerly awaited judgment in Owens v Owens [2018] UKSC 41.

The case concerns the interpretation of section 1(2)(b) Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 which allows a spouse to obtain a divorce (upon the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage) on the basis that the other party has behaved in such a way that the petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with them.

Background

The Importance of Financial Orders on Divorce

When a marriage ends the Family Court in England & Wales can, under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, make a range of financial orders to divide up assets and ensure that each party has sufficient funds to meet their needs. Many separating couples are able to reach an agreement on how they want to achieve this. This can be done through direct negotiation with each other, solicitor correspondence, mediation or another form of dispute resolution such as arbitration.

The Supreme Court says ‘No’ to a Second Bite of the Cherry; Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38

The Supreme Court ruled today in the case of Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38

Imagine you (as a husband or wife) have given a large proportion of your liquid capital to your ex-spouse upon divorce to buy a home mortgage free –they manage their money badly and then come back years later to ask you for an increase in spousal maintenance for the (same) housing needs.

Marital or relationship agreements: Liability of lawyers to the other party!

By David Hodson & Sarah Basso 

Maintenance for Mrs. Mills

On 6 June, five justices of the Supreme Court (Lady Hale, Lord Wilson, Lord Carnwath, Lord Hughes, Lord Hodge) heard the case of Mills v Mills. The Supreme Court has confirmed that the judgment will be delivered next Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

Background

Issues of Gender Discrimination in the context of international divorce

It can be exciting and romantic to move to a new country for your partner, but a loss of work opportunities and self-esteem can follow. Relationships can become strained and the inequality of your relationship can become even more apparent…

The Do's and Don’ts when relationships begin to strain abroad

DO’s

DO go and see a specialist international family lawyer in the country where you reside as soon as possible. The meeting is for information gathering and confidential. You will feel empowered by doing so.

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