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Can a parent change a child's school without the other parent's consent?

A parent cannot unilaterally change their child’s school without the other parents’ consent, if the other parent holds parental responsibility. Important decisions such as a child’s education, medical decisions and religion require the...

The executor to my father's will is not performing his duties: what options do I have?

Our contentious probate solicitors are frequently asked to deal with disputes between executors and beneficiaries. Sometimes, beneficiaries are kept completely out of the loop by executors. On some occasions, more serious issues arise when executors show...

Employment Law Bulletin - September 2021

Welcome The European Court of Justice cast its judgment in two German cases where Muslim employees were banned from wearing headscarves in the workplace. Although the judgment isn’t binding in the UK, courts and tribunals may take the...

We want to get divorced, but neither of us want to leave the family home. Can we start the divorce whilst still living together?

The short answer to this question is yes. It is possible to get divorced whilst still living under the same roof as long as you are genuinely living separate lives. You would be expected to have separate bedrooms, eat separately, socialise...

UPDATE - THE TRUST REGISTRATION SERVICE

On 1 September 2021, a major change in the registration of trusts came into force when the Trust Registration Service (TRS) – part of HMRC – opened for non-taxable trust registrations. Previously, it had only been necessary to register taxable...

My spouse has cheated on me. Should I divorce them relying upon their adultery?

As the law stands currently, in order to get divorced before 2 years have elapsed since you and your spouse separated, you have to rely upon a fault based fact to evidence the irretrievable breakdown of your marriage to the court. This essentially means...

What is a Scott Schedule in Family Law proceedings?

Where the court is being asked to consider a finding of fact, the court will direct that a Scott Schedule is prepared in advance. The purpose of the schedule is to summarise and list allegations that need to be decided upon by the court.    ...

What is a Fact Finding Hearing?

A fact finding hearing is a hearing whereby a judge considers a contested factual dispute, usually relevant to the welfare of children or any allegation of domestic abuse .  When an allegation is made and the other party disputes it, the Court will...

Law reform update: Labour MP meets with Justice Minister to discuss wills and predatory marriages

On 22 June 2021, we published a blog post about Labour MP Fabian Hamilton who had raised the issue of predatory marriages during Prime Minister’s Questions, calling on the government to reform this area of the law .   This issue has now...

What are my property rights as a cohabitee?

When unmarried cohabitees separate there is often a dispute around who owns the “shared” property.  The general starting point is that the couple’s equitable property rights will mirror the legal property ownership shown on the...
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