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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...

We are offering a new funding option to clients in Family and Divorce cases that allows legal fees to be minimised. For many people today the internet is their first port of call for advice and assistance, even in legal matters. A quick search will produce any number of sites telling you how to do your own divorce. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. They’re certainly cheap, but if they go wrong they will undoubtedly cause you to pay far more...

When a new partner comes into your life it often raises the vexed question of when should they meet your children When a relationship breaks down, its natural to feel that this is it; we will be alone forever. For most people however time passes, wounds heal and new relationships are formed. But new relationships bring new problems. If you have children the question is always when will the time be right for them to meet your new partner. The issues are...

When a marriage breaks down, one of the first casualties is trust. Resolving the financial issues is often a contentious area. it’s all too common for one party to be convinced that the other isn’t providing a full picture of their financial circumstances and that, in consequence, they will be prevented from getting a fair settlement. Sometimes these suspicions are groundless; sometimes they’re not. Sometimes people will spend significant sums of money trying to prove that assets and income have been...

As technology brings every part of the world closer together, more and more people think about living and working abroad. For some this will be a short term secondment, for others a more permanent move. As people travel more they build relationships with people they meet overseas some of whom will leave their home and family to make a new life in another country. But what happens if relationships break down? If you have dependent children and want to move...

Kit O’Brien, a specialist family law solicitor, reviews the latest research linking social media with relationship breakdown. Social media is now just another part of life for many of us. We post, we tweet, we chat. We also poke and snoop and use social media to delve into our past lives and into the past and present lives of those close to us. For many people it’s just harmless fun, a way of whiling away time when you should be doing...

One of our family law Solicitors summarises the legal position for allowing children to be taken on holiday abroad. As parents head into the home stretch of the school summer term thoughts will inevitably be turning to the summer holidays. For separated or divorced mums and dads there will be the discussion about how their children are going to divide their time between their parents. There may also be discussions about taking children abroad. For many parents there’s a great deal...

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has recently spoken out about the poor decision making of the Legal Aid Agency in both private law cases and cases involving Local Authorities. He stated that this is skewing the court process and risks undermining positive outcomes for children and parents. Whilst legal aid is a matter of policy and thus the judiciary must tread carefully, it is possible for a Judge to intervene if an absence of legal aid (and thus...

North Devon Divorce Solicitor, Paul Jordan, takes a look at the rise of the Pre-nuptial Agreement in the UK. Everyone loves a good wedding – especially the bride and groom. The immaculate suit, the beautiful dress, the pealing church bells, the flutter of confetti, the photo opportunities, the mysterious relations who only turn up for the free food and booze… As Groucho Marx quipped: "Marriage is an institution. And who wants to be in an institution?" Well, as it turns out, a...