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March 25, 2020

We are all going through an unprecedented situation which we understand will be a cause of worry and concern for many including our colleagues and our clients.

We have set out below some basic guidance on how you can deal with getting through this time. Our guidance is based on information that has been released to date, and the guidance is updated / changed on a regular basis - we therefore recommend that you read this guide a...

March 24, 2020

The High Court has ruled that a four-year-old boy should be returned to his father following his wrongful removal from his home by his mother.

The case involved a Hungarian couple who began a relationship in 2010. They moved from Hungary to Germany with their son around the time of their marriage in 2017.

While there, the mother brought the boy to England against the father’s wishes.

In April 2018, the father came to England and...

March 18, 2020

A husband has won his appeal against a judge’s decision that allowed his wife a second chance to improve her divorce settlement. The case involved a couple who

March 16, 2020

The health, safety and well-being of our clients, colleagues and staff is our top priority.

Therefore, our office will be temporarily closed from Monday 16 March 2020 until further notice due to the current health concerns with COVID-19 (coronavirus).

As part of this precautionary measure we are requesting the following:

1.    Clients and other parties to correspond with us and provide documentation electronically. In the event y...

March 10, 2020

A mother has had to forfeit the residential care of her son after she tried to alienate him from his father.

The case involved a boy who lived with his mother but had regular contact with his father and his paternal family.

However, from March 2018, there had been no direct contact between father and son, and communications from the boy toward the father had become inexplicably hostile.

The father applied for a child arrangements...

February 26, 2020

Court action is generally considered to be a last resort in divorce cases. It’s much better to reach an amicable agreement over how you should divide the marital assets and reach a financial settlement

If that proves difficult, your solicitor is likely to suggest that you try mediation, arbitration or collaborative law services to overcome any problems.

Sometimes, however, court action becomes unavoidable.

This could be for sever...

February 18, 2020

A local authority in England has been prevented from placing a boy in a children’s home in Scotland because the home could not be classed as a "suitable person".

The case involved a teenager who was made subject to a care order and placed in a residential home in England in 2018. In March 2019, he was moved to a residential home in Scotland, but the local authority omitted to get the prior approval of the court, as required by...

February 12, 2020

A mother who wrongfully removed her three children from their father without his consent has been ordered to return them to him in Germany.

The case involved a German couple were married in 2005 and divorced in 2012.

They had joint custody of the children, with the mother as primary carer and the father having regular contact.

Disputes over contact developed over the years. A psychologist's report prepared for the German courts f...

February 4, 2020

A husband has failed to prevent a property held in his mother’s name being included in his wife’s divorce settlement.

The couple had married in 2002 but separated in 2014, having lived in rented property throughout their marriage.

The wife issued financial remedy proceedings and by the time of trial, a property in Panama was the only asset potentially available for distribution. Its purchase had been exclusively funded by the hu...

January 30, 2020

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has issued guidance on how couples should deal with cross border divorce after the UK leaves the European Union.

It says that if your divorce is making its way through the courts in England or Wales at the time the UK leaves the EU then your case will continue under current rules and you do not need to take any further action.

If you apply for divorce after the UK leaves the EU, new rules will be in...

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