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Social Media and Family Proceedings

John Boon
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The recent judgment of Mr Justice Holman in the case of Re: T (a Child) [2017] EWFC 19 highlighted the possible benefits of social media within family proceedings.  In this particular case, Facebook was used in order to ascertain the whereabouts of a...

No-fault divorce, the debate continues

Joel Tweddell
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My colleague, John Boon, in his recent blog sought to address the common misconception that it is possible for a married couple or civil partners to divorce or dissolve their civil partnership on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences” i.e....

No-fault divorce - does it exist?

John Boon
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It remains a common misconception that it is possible for a married couple or civil partners within the jurisdiction of England and Wales to divorce or dissolve their civil partnership on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences”, as they can...

Wyatt v Vince - the importance of finality

John Boon
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The long running case involving Kathleen Wyatt and Dale Vince garnered national attention last year when the case came before the Supreme Court (Wyatt –v- Vince [2015] UKSC 14). The High Court has now delivered a judgement (Wyatt v Vince [2016] EWHC...

Child contact - the rights of grandparents

Joel Tweddell
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Most grandparents have a close and loving relationship with their grandchild(ren). However, the sad reality is that their relationships are discounted following a relationship breakdown. Some grandparents are left with little or no alternative but to apply...

Where can I divorce? Divorcing in the UK and Europe

Joel Tweddell
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Many people are under the impression that they can only divorce in the country in which they marry. This is in fact a myth. Here, we look at the ability to divorce in an EU member state pursuant to “Brussels II Revised”. Brussels II Revised...

Cohabitation disputes - promises and contributions

Joel Tweddell
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The recent Court of Appeal case of Liden v Burton [2016] EWCA Civ 275 serves to highlight the difficulties which many cohabitees may face following the breakdown of a relationship, if they do not seek independent legal advice when dealing with property...

What's in a name?

Nick Ingrey
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The Court of Appeal has confirmed that, in exceptional circumstances, the Court has the jurisdiction to prevent a parent with parental responsibility of children from registering them with the forenames of his or her choice. In giving judgment in Re C...

Child support: autonomy or the state ?

Nick Ingrey
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Statutory liability to maintain a child has existed since the Poor Relief Act 1598, and is now contained in s.78 (6) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. S.1 of the Child Support Act 1991 also provides that each parent of a qualifying child is...