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I am no longer living at the family home. Can I stop contributing to the running costs now that we are getting divorced?

This will depend very much on the circumstances of the case.  You should consider taking advice regarding the level of interim support it would be appropriate to provide (if any). If you are a high earner and have supported your spouse over the course...

Wills and predatory marriages: Reforms to the law called for at Prime Minister's Questions

Labour MP for Leeds North East, Fabian Hamilton, has called on the Prime Minister and his government to reform the law in relation to so-called ‘predatory marriages’.   Speaking in the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s...

We have been separated for two years. Can I divorce my spouse relying upon our separation?

It is unfortunate that in order to get divorced straight away without waiting for two years you have to allege fault against your spouse. There is no question that relying upon two years of separation and the consent of your spouse is a much more amicable...

Employment Bulletin - June 2021

An employee is constructively dismissed if an employer fundamentally breaches their employment contract, entitling the employee to resign in response and say they were dismissed. The employee must not ‘affirm’ the contract, for...

I don't want to get divorced. Can I just ignore the papers?

If your husband or wife wants to divorce you, while you can cause them delay, frustration and additional expense eventually, they will succeed.  You also need to be mindful of the fact that they could pass those additional costs onto you if they are...

High Court finds in favour of children left out of father's estate in recent will dispute case

In the recent case of  Re R (Deceased) [2021] EWHC 936 (Ch),  the High Court granted the award of £186,000 to two children left out of their father’s will. The two children, who were both under the age of 18 at the time of the claim...

Who are CAFCASS?

CAFCASS is the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service and is involved in public law cases involving local authority care proceedings and private law matters, such as where an application is made to the Family Court for a  Child...

High Court refuses to grant award to adult children left out of father's Will in recent will dispute case

The case of  Miles & Anor v Shearer [2021] EWHC 1000 (Ch ) concerned a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 brought by the two adult daughters of top banker and former head of merchant bank Singer...

Can I have a say in where my child goes to school?

Anyone who has parental responsibility for a child should have the opportunity to be involved in key decisions for that child. This will include decisions in respect of their health, any changes to their name and in respect of their education. As such, both...

Do I have a right to see my Grandchildren?

In most cases following the breakdown of a relationship between parents, the contact that grandparents have simply forms part of the contact that they have with the parent that belongs to that side of the family.  There are however some very...
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