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"A horse, a horse, my Kingdom not to have said she was a horse…"

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For one UK ex-wife the dangers of commenting on social media have come home to roost. Laleh Shahravesh is facing jail in Dubai following her posted comments responding to her ex-husband’s post about his new wife on Facebook.


The end of the blame game - the arrival of no fault divorce

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David Gauke the Justice Secretary has today pledged that the new divorce law, which will be based on “no fault”, will be introduced within three months.


Brexit – “No deal”, no bread, no drugs, no treat-ies

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Much of the law regulating family arrangements, Children Orders, Financial Orders, and indeed Divorces themselves are contained within EU law. If that ceases to apply it is important to consider, that urgent steps may need to be taken, or at least considered prior to the exit day.


Ending the 'meal ticket for life'?

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Teresa Cullen and Anna Wakeling explore proposals to reform financial provision on divorce, and the potential impact of such measures The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill [HL] 2017-19 (the Bill), a private member’s bill introduced by Baroness Deech (a crossbench peer), received its first reading in the House of Lords on 3 July 2017, with a […]


Bahamas, boats and break-ups: mixing business with pleasure

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Cohabiting couples were the fastest growing family type between 1996 – 2016 in the UK, more than doubling in numbers from 1.5 million families to 3.3 million families[1]. This trend shows little sign of abating. Yet contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a “common law marriage”. Despite more and more people […]


Child abduction or lawful removal?

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The recent case of Re Alcott (1) [2016] EWHC 2413 (Fam) serves as a reminder of the need for careful consideration when relocating with children from one jurisdiction to another. Alcott v Ashworth Former BBC children’s presenter, Katy Ashworth, was accused by her former partner of abducting their toddler from Australia. Her former partner, a […]


Deception in divorce: non-disclosure of assets

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Divorcing spouses in England and Wales have a legal duty to the court and to each other to provide full and frank disclosure of all capital assets, liabilities and income, not just in the UK but also on a worldwide basis. The duty is ongoing until the divorce is concluded, either by court order or […]