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“No-fault” legislation to reform divorce law in England and Wales

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My colleague, Scott Cochrane, blogged on this issue back in November of last year. He outlined how there can be a rush to Court to make a maintenance claim following the breakdown in a marriage; and why – from a …Continue reading

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In Scotland, grandparents’ rights are a common topic of conversation as technically speaking they have no automatic legal rights in relation to their grandchildren. However, a person who “claims an interest” in respect of a child can apply to the …Continue reading

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There has been much debate about whether or not Brexit will mean the retention of a single market and the impact of Brexit upon EU citizens living within the UK and UK citizens living within the EU. But what about …Continue reading

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The Court of Appeal in England has, this week, upheld the enforcement of a Chinese arbitral award in England; but what relevance is that to family lawyers, with a focus on arbitration? If a dispute cannot be resolved by negotiation, …Continue reading

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It has been reported that Russell Crowe is to commemorate the end of his marriage to Danielle Spencer by auctioning 227 of their possessions, in a division of property, including two life size prop horses used in the film ‘Gladiator’ …Continue reading

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It’s International Women’s day! The colour to celebrate today is purple. Surprisingly International Women’s Day started as far back as 1908. In some countries it is a national holiday and is celebrated as an equivalent to mother’s day. Perhaps today’s …Continue reading

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This week the government has published a report on how it makes decisions about which vaccines to fund. For a long time, charities and campaigners have been lobbying for this report to be published. It also follows calls for greater …Continue reading

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The withdrawal date for the UK leaving the EU is just over a year away, and the impact of Brexit upon family law clients remains unclear. There are two main EU Regulations that can impact on UK based family law …Continue reading

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Yesterday, the Scottish Parliament passed the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill. The Bill has been hailed as a “gold standard” for Scotland, with Scotland’s Justice Secretary Michael Matheson describing yesterday as a “momentous day”. So what exactly is the Bill about? …Continue reading

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The Law Society of Scotland panel has approved the application of Lydia McLachlan for accreditation as a specialist in family law. The accreditation lasts for a period of five years. Lydia was employed in the Family Law team after completing …Continue reading

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