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What to Look for In a Family Law Practice

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When you’re choosing a family law practice to help you resolve any disputes you may have, there are a number of factors that you need to consider to ensure you get the best possible results. From accreditations to the amount of experience they have, everything is important when it comes to family legal matters. This article will inform you of some of the aspects you need to look for in your family law practice. Accreditations It is incredibly important that any family law practice you choose has the correct accreditation or accreditations for the area of law that you need it…

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Splitting Up – What’s Yours and What’s Mine

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When a marriage ends, there can often be confusion as to the dividing up of possessions between the couple. Belongings need to be divided up as fairly as possible, but there are a few mitigating factors that must be considered where the division of possessions is concerned. Every separation is different, and there are different ways to define the ownership of certain possessions. This article will elaborate on how belongings are divided up. Shared Property When a couple separates, if the property they live in is owned under both their names, then it can be divided by half. However, in some…

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Cut Price Divorces – A Good Idea?

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A quick search of DIY or cheap divorce through any search engine will result in many attractive ads suggesting that getting a divorce can be cheaper than ever before. These range from very small amounts such as £37 up to the higher end of the spectrum – £200, to rival that of any solicitor’s fee. With this in mind, a cut price divorce can seem like a very attractive option, particularly if you are under financial constraint. Essential Steps Many websites will try and hook you with cheap promises of fast divorces, however there are some essential steps which cannot and…

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Divorce – the repercussions & considerations if children are involved

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Divorce can be a difficult and emotional time for everyone involved, and if you are parents, your child or children could be severely affected. It is therefore important to take steps towards helping your children understand and cope throughout this difficult time. The Effects Of Divorce On Children  In a report funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, it was found that children who experienced a divorce without proper support were “consistently associated with psychological distress in adulthood during [their] early 30s.” The report studied children of varying ages and backgrounds, and regardless of these factors it was found that…

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Understanding the rise in global family disputes

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The number of international family legal disputes dealt with in the UK has quadrupled within the last four years. The majority of these cases are attributed to a rise in child abduction, adoption and forced marriage. In addition to this there has been a sharp rise in legal disputes, 40% in 2013, between pare nts living in different countries. Lord Justice Thorpe, who co-wrote an annual report on the subject, states that the number was set to continue to rise due to the “globalisation, increasing movement of persons across borders, and the ever rising number of family units which are truly…

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Piercing the corporate veil: Prest v Petrodel

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Specialist family law firms have recently had cause to celebrate following the landmark ruling achieved during the divorce case, Prest v Petrodel. Mrs Prest filed for divorce in 2008 following a 15 year marriage which produced 4 children. Mr Prest “resisted her claims for ancillary relief” on several grounds, the most significant of which was that he claimed the financial provision she was entitled to wasn’t within his possession. This referred to several properties which were registered as belonging to a number of companies which Mr Prest had founded, and as these companies by law have their own legal personality, Mr…

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Goodwins Family Law Solicitors Welcome Article

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Goodwins Family Law Solicitors are delighted to welcome you to our new blog. Here we will provide information and details of any special offers we may have on, internal developments within the firm, analysis of landmark or interesting cases and wider issues in the profession that may impact upon our clients. It will be a space designed to keep our clients informed about our operations, something we believe will have benefits for all. So check back here regularly for further details and updates, and don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team with any queries you may have.

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