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Billionaire Property Developer Claims He Was Never Married In An Attempt To Prevent Wife's Claim On His Fortune

Naomi Evans
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A billionaire property developer has tried to protect his £1.1bn fortune from a claim by his estranged wife by claiming that they were never married. He has claimed that his marriage was based on a fake certificate which they obtained in order that...

Children in the middle

Deborah Whicker
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As a Family Lawyer and Accredited Family and Child Inclusive Mediator I am often asked to advise or provide information on children stuck in the middle of separating or separated families. Conversations are usually with a parent or parents although quite...

English marriage law bias

Naomi Evans
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Under existing English marriage laws, minority faith marriages should be registered.   This would mean that couples who have a religious ceremony have to follow it up with a civil wedding in order that it is recognised as legally...

Should Children Be Heard In Court?

Barbro Zeineh
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Staggering statistics show that last year more than 100,000 children were involved in wrangles between their parents in relation to which parent the children should have as his or her main home, level of contact, should one parent be given permission to...

Does divorce run in the family?

Barbro Zeineh
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Recent studies have established a pattern that children of divorced parents are more likely to get divorced themselves http://dailym.ai/2hBsEGC . Although no actual figures setting out the percentage have been released to date, it appears to follow the same...

The falling divorce rate is great news, but so are pre-nuptial agreements

Naomi Evans
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I t’s great to hear that the divorce rate is falling, as reported online by the Daily Mail, but there were still 101,000 or so divorces in 2015, which is a big number whatever way you look at it. Divorce is a big deal on a personal level and is...

Understanding Family Mediation

Deborah Whicker
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Deborah Whicker joined our Family Law team in Milton Keynes in February and brings particular expertise as an Accredited Family Mediator.  Here she introduces us to Mediation and how it works. What is Mediation? Family Mediation is a process where...

Separation without the Court route

Naomi Evans
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Separation can be a daunting process. Even more so when there are decisions to be made about finances and future arrangements for children. But Court proceedings aren’t the only route... The alternatives to Court Many people think protracted...

Guide to Separated Parents at Christmas

Naomi Evans
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No one wishes to be feuding at Christmas time and to help support separated parents during this festive period, I have formulated a few top tips for ensuring that Christmas contact is arranged without problems and disputes. 1. Make proposals in advance...

No Fault Divorce Bill

Naomi Evans
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On 13 October 2015 the Conservative MP for South Norfolk Mr. Richard Bacon introduced a new bill in Parliament calling for an amendment to divorce legislation to allow ‘ no fault divorces’ where couples agree and sign a declaration that their...

Affleck and Garner separation - no prenuptial agreement

Naomi Evans
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It has been reported in the media that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have separated after 10 years of marriage. The couple have three children. Media reports claim that the couple did not enter into a Pre-Nuptial Agreement before marrying in 2005 but...

What is the contribution value of a stay-at-home parent in a divorce?

Naomi Evans
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In a recent high profile case, a 63 year old former air hostess was awarded a £14.5m London mansion as part of her divorce settlement following the breakdown in her marriage to her 90 year old Saudi Arabian ex-husband. Their mansion in north...

Do I really need to deal with financial matters when I get divorced?

Naomi Evans
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A recent high profile case in which the Supreme Court Justices enabled an ex-wife to make a claim against her wealthy ex-husband some 20 years after the divorce had been finalised, reinforces why solicitors strongly advocate the necessity of a...

Cohabitation Agreement: The responsible way to protect your rights

Naomi Evans
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According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in 2012, there were 5.9 million people cohabiting in the UK making it the fastest growing family type in the UK. There are many reasons why couples choose to move away from the idealistic notion of...

Are Prenuptial Agreements legally enforceable?

Naomi Evans
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On divorce the court has very wide discretionary powers to distribute family assets as they see fit, in accordance with the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, so as to bring about fairness between the couple. All the assets of the marriage; whether in the sole...

Our Guide to Separated Parents for Managing Christmas Time

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No one wishes to be feuding at Christmas time and to help support separated parents this Christmas, I have formulated a few top tips for ensuring that Christmas contact is arranged without problems and disputes. 1. Make proposals in advance One of the...