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Avoiding Easter and Summer Holiday Contact Issues – How to Make it Work

With Easter now only a number of weeks away and with more countries allowing families to enter without undue restriction or prohibition, serious consideration is being given once more to jetting off abroad for an Easter or Summer Holiday break, and the potential of holiday contact issues. For many parents who might be separated such

At Last – “No Fault Divorce” from 6th April 2022

From 6th April, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will significantly reform the law on divorce, dissolution and separation in England and Wales. For the first time, the law introduces the option of having a “no-fault divorce” and without doubt, it is the most significant change to divorce law in over half a century.

Spousal Maintenance Payments – Can a change be sought after?

With it being widely now reported that the average energy bill for households will rise by an average of £693 a year following a 54% increase on the current price cap in force and interest rate rises impacting on future mortgage payments, many people will be looking at how best they can maximise their income

New Statement of Information for a Consent Order form issued- D81

A new D81 form (Statement of information for a Consent Order in relation to a Financial Remedy) has now been issued by HM Court and Tribunal Service that is required to be used with immediate effect. If you have used the earlier version of that Form (version April 2012) the Financial Remedies Court will continue

Parliamentary inquiry to examine access to legal aid for kinship carers

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kinship Care has launched an inquiry into access to legal aid for kinship carers and potential kinship carers. Currently, many grandparents, brothers, sisters and other relatives or friends who are put forward as alternative carers for children involved in public law proceedings are not readily able to access free,

Contact Arrangements during COVID 19 – Advice for Parents and Carers

From Monday 17 January 2022, the 10-day self-isolation period for people who have tested positive for Covid-19 has now been reduced to 5 full days in most cases. It is known that two-thirds of people are not infectious after five dull days of isolation and so the new self-isolation changes enable more people to return

Managing Pensions on Divorce – Your Options

According to a recent survey conducted by Which? Magazine in November 2021, women, in particular, continue to face unstable retirement as pension assets on divorce are often overlooked when dealing with financial matters arising from separation. Of those surveyed, only 15% of divorcing couples are said to have specifically included pensions in their financial settlement

COVID-19 domestic abuse and violence

As more and more people are socially isolated by being in lockdown at home, for people who have experienced domestic abuse and or violence, social distancing and on-going Government guidance for everyone to work from and stay at home wherever possible, means that unfortunately for some, they are in turn being trapped to live with