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May pledges to protect victims of domestic violence and abuse In the 2017 Queens's Speech Mrs May’s Conservative Government included a commitment to introduce legislation to offer protection to the victims of domestic violence and abuse.  Provisions in the new Bill will include the creation of a Domestic Violence and Abuse Commissioner and establishing a consolidated new domestic abuse civil prevention and protection order regime.   The Government also pledged its commitment to enabling the courts to impose sentences in child abuse cases...

We look at a recent Court of Appeal case which considered how a couple’s assets should be shared where the marriage has been a short one, the husband and wife both have careers and there are no children. Are these circumstances where a court should depart from the usual principle of equal sharing?   In the case of Sharp v Sharp the couple’s relationship had lasted 6 years, including a period of pre-marriage cohabitation. They had no children. They both worked full time, each...

With offices located throughout Devon and Somerset our team of family law solicitors are able to provide a comprehensive local service to anyone experiencing a divorce or relationship breakdown in the South West and beyond In addition to divorce and separation we also deal with disputes over children, prenuptial agreements and change of name deeds. We pride ourselves on offering straight-forward, cost-effective legal advice. We appreciate that dealing with the legal fall-out from a relationship breakdown can be extremely stressful.  We will be the...

A recent consumer panel has suggested that family lawyers should be forced, by regulation, to offer all their services for a fixed fee. The argument runs that if dentists have to display a price list showing what their treatment costs are, then why shouldn’t family solicitors do the very same thing? But of course that argument misses the point. If you go to your dentist for a filling or a crown you can look at a price list and see what...

When people separate or divorce, they often mention that their ex has wealthy relatives from whom they can expect to inherit. It’s commonly assumed this should be brought into the mix and available for division just like any other asset on divorce. There’s even more of an issue when one party has already inherited assets during the marriage and wants to disentangle them from matrimonial funds. Divorce and anticipated inheritance As the law currently stands, there’s no requirement on a parent to...

A cautionary tale for those thinking of using online divorce services. Whilst these may well on the face of it seem like a cost effective way of dissolving your marriage, you could end up with a great deal more than you bargained for. Recently, a Welsh gentleman pleaded guilty to bigamy following his second marriage. He had apparently used an online divorce service for which he’d paid £600 in fees and believed that he was divorced. His second wedding certainly wasn’t...

As divorce law solicitors we’re well accustomed to hearing a wide range of arguments on why financial claims made following divorce are unfair or unreasonable, but a recent case took a particularly inventive approach. A Saudi Arabian billionaire had divorced his wife of 13 years via the Islamic practice of Talaq, which permits men to end their marriages simply by saying “I divorce you”, three times. His ex-wife then made an application to the High Court in England seeking a share of his fortune...

Going through separation and divorce can be very disruptive. It is also a time when strong emotions come to the surface. A relationship breakdown will involve you in making major life decisions at a time when you are likely to be feeling stressed. Whether they are decisions about your family, your home, your work, your finances or the care and welfare of your children, the consequences are likely to affect you and your family for many years to come. We pride ourselves...

Slee Blackwell Barrister Roderick Moore takes a look at the Supreme Court’s decisions in two leading cases, Sharland v Sharland and Gohil v Gohil , which set down new principles to be applied in divorce cases where one party has been prejudiced by fraudulent misrepresentation or non-disclosure of key financial information by another. Failure to provide full and frank disclosure in divorce cases In summary, the cases of Sharland and Gohil establish that where an agreement to compromise an ancillary relief application...

School holidays can be a difficult time for parents who have separated. Trying to arrange how the holidays will be split between mums and dads to make sure the children have the happiest time with both their parents is not an easy task. It is not just the holidays however that prove troubling when it comes to arrangements for children. All year round and as children grow up, the challenges of being a parent don’t dwindle or disappear. It may be that...