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Will Mrs Owens be forced to remain in an unhappy marriage?

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Renewed pressure has been put on the legal system to reform family law and introduce a “no-fault” based divorce system. The Hearing for high profile divorce case Owens v Owens was heard before the Supreme Court on 17 th May 2018. Mr and Mrs...

Will no-fault divorce ever be a reality?

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In its recent annual conference, national Family Law body Resolution again campaigned for the introduction of a no-fault divorce. As it stands, couples can only get divorced if they blame one party for the breakdown of the marriage. The only grounds where...

More rights for cohabitants?

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The recent case of Thompson v Raggett has seen the High Court rule in favour of cohabitant Joan Thompson, awarding her reasonable provision from her late partner’s estate. The facts Ms Thompson, aged 79, had been in a relationship with Wynford...

Judge moves to end "meal ticket" divorce rulings

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In a landmark judgement, the Court of Appeal has ruled that divorcee Kim Waggott will only be entitled to three years spousal maintenance from her ex-husband multimillionaire William Waggott, overturning the original judgement that saw Mrs Waggott receiving...

BakerLaw launches new Family Law Clinics

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Farnham solicitors, BakerLaw, are to start offering a free legal clinic to provide expert advice relating to divorce, finances, children arrangements and other family law issues. You will receive up to half an hour of free legal advice from BakerLaw’s...

Divorce Day

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Today, the first working day after the Christmas and New Year holidays, is known as ‘Divorce Day’.  Today is the day the press say numerous spouses will be phoning a solicitor to get a divorce, after the holidays have taken their toll. ...

Nikki Lynch travels to Parliament to call for No Fault Divorce

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Nikki Lynch, family law solicitor at BakerLaw in Farnham, travelled to Parliament today to take part in a major lobby of Parliament organised by family law organisation Resolution. Resolution represent 6,500 family justice professionals that are committed to...

Cohabitation and the Law

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There are over 3 million cohabiting couples in the UK, double the amount there was 20 years ago and yet many couples do not realise the law offers them no protection. If a couple that are married for 20 years separate, either party has the right to make a...

Relationship Breakdown

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BakerLaw has the largest Family Department in Farnham, consisting of expert divorce lawyers who can: Deal with multi-million pound litigation and high profile clients Facilitate mediation and support clients through the process to seek mutually agreeable...

Are you thinking of changing your name?

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There are many reasons why someone might want to change their name, the most common reasons are following a divorce or separation or dislike of a name, but more and more couples are merging or hyphenating their surnames following marriage. There are also the...

Free Family Legal Advice Clinic for Army Personnel

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BakerLaw is pleased to offer a free family legal advice clinic for army personnel in association with Aldershot Garrison HIVE. The clinic is run on the first Wednesday of every month at the Connaught Community Centre, North Camp from 10am to 12noon. ...

An Introduction to Family Mediation

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Family mediation is a voluntary process for resolving disputes following relationship breakdown. Mediation can be appropriate for any kind of family unit, whether married or unmarried, civil partners, living together or separated, divorced or not and with...

An Introduction to Nullity

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The majority of marriages that are brought to an end in England and Wales are as the result of divorce proceedings. However, it may be possible to present a nullity Petition. Such a Petition can be presented within the first year of marriage, unlike a...

Family Proceedings in the English Courts for Expatriates and Foreign Nationals

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People may be surprised to learn that the United Kingdom does not have a unified legal system. England and Wales share the English legal system. Scotland has its own legal system. So too does Northern Ireland. So, if you are an expatriate or a foreign...

An Introduction to the Calculation of Child Maintenance Payments by the Child Support Agency ("CSA")

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The CSA works out the amount of child maintenance using the weekly net income of the non-resident parent (that is the parent living in a separate household from the parent with care and qualifying child(ren) for whom they are liable to pay maintenance). The...

An Introduction to the Children Act 1989

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Section 1 of the Children Act 1989 provides that the child's welfare shall be the court's paramount consideration when the Court determines any question with regard to either:- The upbringing of a child; or The administration of a child's...

An Introduction to Judicial Separation

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The law regarding judicial separation This is contained in sections 17 and 18 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. A Petition for judicial separation may be presented by either a husband or a wife. It is presented on the ground that any of the facts...

An Introduction to Cohabitation Agreements

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It is unfortunate but true that, contrary to popular misconception, the fact that a couple have lived together for a number of years does not of itself give any financial rights in the event that that relationship subsequently breaks down....

An Introduction to Applications for Financial Orders

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Part 1: Preliminary "Financial Orders" comprise all orders of either a financial or property nature or that relate to pensions that a Court can make following divorce, judicial separation, nullity or dissolution of registered civil partnership...

An Introduction to Pre-Nuptial Agreements

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The "Radmacher" Decision It is now over three years since the Supreme Court of England and Wales ("the Supreme Court") handed down its judgment in the case of Radmacher (formerly Granatino) v Granatino. The hearing of this appeal by the...

Family Legal Aid following the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 ("LASPO")

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This Act, which received Royal Assent on 1 May 2012 and came into force on 1 April 2013, makes substantial changes to Legal Aid. In the context of Family Legal Aid LASPO introduces cuts to this. Family Legal Aid is still allowed for: Mediation in family...

An Introduction To Divorce

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The Ground for Divorce The only ground for divorce in England and Wales is irretrievable breakdown of marriage. In order to prove this to the Court's satisfaction, it is necessary to establish one or more of five sets of facts. In summary, these...

Resolution - First for Family Law

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Martin Chambers is a Resolution member and family law solicitor at BakerLaw in Farnham, Surrey. Jake Hughes, who is responsible for the BakerLaw blog, spoke to Martin about his membership of Resolution and how it affects the way in which he deals with...

An Introduction to Civil Partnership

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The Civil Partnership Act 2004 ("the Act") came into force on 5 December 2005 and enables same-sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship. Couples who form a civil partnership have a new legal status, that of 'civil...