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To the Adulterer the Spoils? The role of Conduct in Divorce and Financial Proceedings in England and Abroad

by Megan Bennie / 28 Apr, 2020

The court is usually unwilling to adjust financial settlements in light of conduct despite a great many clients asking it to do so.  This article takes a look at how this position has come about and how other similar countries tackle conduct issues. 

Domestic Abuse increases during lockdown but help remains available

by Megan Bennie / 27 Apr, 2020

The scale of domestic abuse has increased during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Whilst an increase was predicted by experts in this field and echoed in the media, there is a no surprise that the figures have increased so drastically at this phenomenally difficult time.

The suitability of Remote Contested Final Hearings during the Covid-19 pandemic

by Ann Thomas / 24 Apr, 2020

This article by Managing Partner Ann Thomas and Paralegal Annie Boxer considers the reported decision on the suitability and appropriateness of remote contested final hearings during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Open Offers after FDR's: is 21 days too soon?

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 22 Apr, 2020

Partner David Hodson OBE looks at a change to the family court rules, the impact it may have on practice, the encouragement to settle but asks if the default timing is too soon?

Digital Domestic Abuse: The need for International Laws and Protections

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 21 Apr, 2020

Partner David Hodson OBE  draws attention to the urgent need for international laws for cross-border recognition and enforcement of domestic violence orders, particularly in the digital context.

Couples to be able to 'Tie the Knot' over Zoom

by Michael Allum / 20 Apr, 2020

That is to be the position in New York after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on 18 April 2020 that he had signed an Executive Order allowing New Yorkers to obtain marriage licences remotely and authorising clerks to perform ceremonies via video conference.

Practical Guidance regarding Telephone Hearings

by Helen Blackburn / 17 Apr, 2020

Many court hearings are currently being conducted by telephone or video link. This guide provides useful tips and advice on preparing for and attending a telephone hearing.

Practical Guidance regarding Video Hearings

by Helen Blackburn / 16 Apr, 2020

Many court hearings are currently being conducted by telephone or video link. This guide provides useful tips and advice on preparing for and attending a video hearing.

Love During Lockdown: Cohabitation Rights

by Lucy Greenwood / 15 Apr, 2020

This article by Lucy Greenwood and Feriha Tayfur offers some information on legal rights for cohabiting couples following the recent announcement by the UK’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

Financial Remedy cases amid the Covid-19 pandemic – will my case be heard?

by Annie Boxer / 14 Apr, 2020

This is of course a worrying time for all, legal practitioners and clients alike.

Child Abduction: is risk of contracting COVID-19 an Art 13 (b) defence to Child Abduction?

by Ann Thomas / 09 Apr, 2020

Ann Thomas Managing Partner and Paralegal April Buxton summarise this case thought to be the first of many where COVID-19 is used as a justification in law.

Family arbitration extended to child relocation disputes - and ideally placed to tackle disputes in a post-COVID-19 world

by Megan Bennie / 08 Apr, 2020

On 6 April 2020, family arbitration was extended to cover a dispute over the relocation of a child to another country.  Previously family arbitration in respect of children disputes excluded relocation because of the international element.  This important rule change will open up many matters for

A Practical Guide to Co-Parenting during the Coronavirus Crisis

by Helen Blackburn / 07 Apr, 2020

Partner Helen Blackburn and trainee Solicitor Feriha Tayfur offer some practical tips and alternative contact arrangements that may help during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Can I Change my Maintenance Order owing to the Coronavirus Pandemic?

by Stuart Clark / 02 Apr, 2020

Partner Stuart Clark considers the impact on spousal maintenance in view of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The end of English Pension Sharing for couples abroad?

by Michael Allum / 02 Apr, 2020

Partner Michael Allum asks the question, can a couple share a UK pension, if living and divorcing abroad.

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