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Is it possible to divorce someone more than once?

marriage certificate and scissors for article can you divorce the same person more than once

How many times can you be divorced from the same person? As many times as you marry them is the honest answer. Just ask Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. But if you only marry a person once, you can only be divorced once? True or false? Well, in the case…


Arbitration in family law – a private judge to settle disputes about your children

children sat with parents by the river for the artcile Arbitration in family law – a private judge to settle disputes about your

I keep hearing that our court system is broken or on the verge of collapse. I have to say I am inclined to agree. Last year I went to court with a client about the arrangements for his children.  One of the issues was a holiday abroad in the school…


Be aware of potential problems when travelling abroad with your children

Separated parents travelling abroad with children

In my many years as a family lawyer I have had many requests for help by a separated parent, to take a child abroad on holiday, or for a longer stay. Such requests can usually be resolved often by the simple expediency of providing all the necessary information to the…


Why you should take advice, for the sake of your children

Take advice for the sake of your children

When people are asked what matters to them, the majority say, again and again, their family, and their children most of all. And yet in the face of a failed marriage it is often that most precious child or children that pay the price of the parents feeling that the…


Divorce in later life: what do you really need to know?

Divorce and older people

We blogged earlier in the year about the challenges for older people going through divorce and it sparked some healthy debate with colleagues about what is the key advice we need to give to the older generation. We know from the statistics that there is a rise in older couples…


What does Wyatt v Vince mean for the man on the street?

Clean break in divorce

On 11th May 2015 The Supreme Court allowed the latest appeal in the case of Wyatt v Vince. The case hit the headlines as it allows the wife to make a financial claim against her, now wealthy husband, 18 years after they divorced. “So what?” I hear you say. What…


Family arbitration – the modern way to resolve divorce disputes

Arbitration in divorce

With the current focus on ways to keep family law cases out of court maybe we should all be taking a closer look at arbitration and as family lawyers making sure our clients understand this alternative. But, what is arbitration and how does it work? As explained in this Institute…


Getting to grips with pensions on divorce is essential

Are pensions important in divorce? The short answer is yes, yet still so many people fail to take pensions into consideration when reaching a financial settlement after splitting up from their spouse. The whole area of pensions is complex. No point pretending otherwise. That is why we have pension actuaries…


CSA or not? You decide!

The CSA, known and “beloved” of many has a new name! Will people now change to calling it the CMEC?! But there are many changes of real substance.   There are now CMEC guidelines for calculation of child support also called child maintenance and also a new method of calculating…


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