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Comment on divorce & family law 

British expat living in Spain – where can and should you divorce?

By Judith Buckland, on Wednesday October 7, 2015 at 1:00pm

Expat divorce in Europe.

Spain has the largest British expat community in Europe so it’s perhaps no surprise the volume of calls we receive from people who live in Spain asking whether they can use the English court system to start divorce proceedings. I am often not the first family law solicitor they have consulted and sometimes they have received very conflicting information. Unsurprisingly they are confused and frustrated by the apparent lack of information and indeed knowledge from the family law...

Tips on completing a Form E financial disclosure document

By Davina Warrington, on Wednesday September 30, 2015 at 1:00pm

Completing a Form E.

A Form E is the compulsory document you are required to fill out if you are making a formal application to the court to sort out financial arrangements during a divorce.

Whilst the form is daunting at first glance, most people are able to tackle it. I always suggest that clients do it in small chunks, rather than trying to complete the whole form in one go.

Honesty is the best policy in divorce

By Liz Davies, on Wednesday September 23, 2015 at 2:00pm

Divorce finances honesty best.

The recent case of Joy v Joy – Morancho and others reminds us once again that a full, frank and honest disclosure of your financial circumstances must be provided to one another and to the court before financial claims can be either negotiated upon or decided by the court. In this case the court took a hard line against the husband when it became apparent that he had lied to the court about the true extent of his assets and had set out with the deliberate intention of concealing the truth of his situation. The judge in the case, Sir Peter Singer, ordered that the husband should pay the wife’s costs for proceedings since 1st May 2013 amounting to approximately £334,000 to be paid within fourteen days stating that such an order was no less than the conduct deserved.

Can Radio 4’s The Archers help more people spot the signs of domestic abuse?

By Tamara Glanvill, on Wednesday September 16, 2015 at 1:25pm

BBC Archers storyline - Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control.

For the regular readers of our blog, you may recall I questioned in January (Family relationships in The Archers) whether the relationship between Rob and Helen in Radio 4’s The Archers was showing the hallmarks of domestic abuse, and specifically, of coercive control.

Expat confusion over where to divorce

By Judith Buckland, on Wednesday September 9, 2015 at 2:00pm

Expat divorce the options.

In a time when both international families and divorce are on the increase, I very often receive calls from clients who live out of the UK asking whether they can use the English court system to start divorce proceedings. I am often not the first lawyer they have consulted and too often they have received conflicting information. They are unsurprisingly very confused and frustrated in relation to the lack of information and indeed knowledge from the family law profession.  ...

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