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Is matrimonial revenge a dish best served cold?

by Linzi Perriman October 9, 2015 Divorce

Wednesday night saw more than eight million of us tuning in to the climactic ending of Mike Barlett’s five-part domestic drama ‘Doctor Foster’. My last blog – Following Doctor’s Order – focused on episode 3 of the gripping drama, for those that missed it, episode 4 saw Gemma’s professional career called into question, police involvement over […]

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Family Law Solicitor discusses the role of CAFCASS in Child law cases

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers April 30, 2014 Law

As many parents involved in children act proceedings will know, CAFCASS can play a pivotal role in providing information to the court, especially in respect of a child’s wishes and feelings,  and in making recommendations as to how a case can move forward. It will therefore be a relief to many involved in proceedings concerning […]

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‘Rights of Custody’ Important Child Abduction Case in Supreme Court

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers April 7, 2014 Law

An important Child Abduction case will be considered by the Supreme Court  tomorrow. The Supreme Court will consider “Rights of Custody” in the context of  grandparents who were caring for the child in question, by agreement with the  mother of the child, who then abruptly ended the arrangement and  relocated. Under the Hague Convention, which […]

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Emotional Cruelty to a Child May Become a Criminal Offence

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers April 3, 2014 Law

The Government is currently considering whether to introduce ’emotional cruelty to a child’ as a new criminal offence. Current law, which is over 80 years old, focuses on the physical effects of abuse only to a child. Physical abuse is of course much easier to identify than emotional harm which may be why nothing has […]

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The Dangers of DIY Surrogacy Arrangements

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers March 11, 2014 Law

Many news outlets have reported on the outcome of DIY surrogacy arrangements gone wrong, and warned of the dangers of informal surrogacy. The couple used the husband’s sperm to inseminate a family friend at home, without the assistance of a registered clinic or surrogacy agreement. They then failed to apply for a parental order within […]

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Family Law Solicitor discusses common issues surrounding Surrogacy

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers February 17, 2014 Law

We have previously explained on this blog the complexities involved in Surrogacy arrangements, and why it is important to obtain legal advice before entering into such arrangements. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has this week issued guidance stressing that such advice is vital for couples considering foreign surrogacy arrangements, due to the increased number […]

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Relocating Your Child/Children to Another Country

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers February 5, 2014 Law

New figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that 25% of babies born in England & Wales are to women who were born overseas, with women from Poland being the most common, constituting 20,495 births of the 724,000 in 2011. As we have discussed previously on our blog, there can be legal complications […]

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Family Law Solicitor discusses Compulsory Mediation

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers January 8, 2014 Law

It has been reported in today’s press that new laws are due to be announced that will mean thousands of couples who Separate each year will have to consider mediation before they apply to court. In reforms included in the Children and Families Bill, a parent seeking a court order to resolve a dispute over […]

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Family Law Solicitor discusses Contact Orders in relation to Children

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers January 7, 2014 Law

A piece of research has been released this week by the Nuffield Foundation on the effectiveness of provisions designed to secure compliance with contact orders. The research is the first time that the measures, brought in approximately 5 years ago, have been assessed and their effectiveness analysed. Non-compliance with contact orders is still a significant […]

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Thinking about a Divorce? our Family Law Solicitor offers some advice

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers January 3, 2014 Law

Christmas can be a wonderful time for families; a time to cherish with loved ones. However Christmas can also be one to remember for all the wrong reasons. There is so much pressure on families to be happy over the festive period; couples want everything to be perfect at Christmas and some do not anticipate […]

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Living separately, together

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers October 25, 2013 Law

The Mail Online has today published an article by Hilary Freeman about the difficulties that she and her (now) ex-husband faced when going through their Divorce. The article talks about how, due to financial constraints, they remained living together for a period of 2 years until their divorce was finalised and her ex-husband moved out. […]

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A Divorce for a Fistful of Dollars?

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers October 24, 2013 Law

The Daily Mail today reports that Dina Eastwood, wife of Hollywood legend Clint has filed for divorce from her 83 year old husband. It appears from the article that there may have been an element of indecision on Dina’s part, but she has now confirmed her intentions to formalise the end of the marriage. The […]

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Family Law Solicitor highlights the increasing number of “Save-cations”

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers October 16, 2013 Law

Recent research has shown that couples heading for separation or Divorce are booking a romantic holiday as a last ditch attempt to save their relationship. Although for some the time away helps to rekindle lost romance, as many discover these ‘save-cations’ are not always enough to save a relationship in trouble. When the plane touches […]

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Family Law Solicitor outlines the importance of Family Law Orders

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers October 14, 2013 Law

Few people associate Family Law proceedings with prison sentences, but it is important to remember that Family Law courts take compliance with orders seriously, and can and do impose custodial sentences in cases of persistent  or serious breach. There has, for many years, been a concern that some Family orders lack “teeth” in the event […]

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Family Law Solicitor asks – Pre-Nup for Sarah Ferguson & Prince Andrew?

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers October 2, 2013 Law

According to recent reports The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson has indicated that re-marriage may be on the horizon for her and Prince Andrew. They have been the subject of much talk in the press since their Divorce was finalised in 1996. It has been reported that the royal couple maintained good relations following their […]

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Family Law Solicitor on our revealing marriage survey results

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers October 1, 2013 Law

The family team at Slater & Gordon have recently carried out some market research which has revealed that couples find the fifth year of marriage the hardest to overcome. Does this put the lie to the fabled “7-year itch”? In fact, the seventh year appears to remain one of the hardest to get through, with […]

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Family Law Solicitor on Parental Responsibility – do you know your rights?

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers September 23, 2013 Law

According to reports, Formula 1 heiress Tamara Ecclestone has made a “super-fast” start in her marriage to former City trader Jay Rutland by announcing she is pregnant with their first child, just weeks after their honeymoon. The parties met nine months ago and married in June during a £3.5 million four-day party on the French […]

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How separated parents can deal with child contact and residency disputes

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers September 17, 2013 Law

People may well have seen reports this week of a case in the Court of Appeal dealing with a Mother’s refusal to allow contact between her son and his father. The reasons were in case the Father fed him meat in breach of his strict vegetarian diet, safety concerns, such as whether the child was […]

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Pre-Nuptial Agreements – do they have a Bale-out clause?

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers September 16, 2013 Law

According to recent reports, professional footballer Gareth Bale has postponed his wedding day as fiancé Emma Rhys-Jones’ dad is held in jail over suspicion of £3 million global fraud. Allegedly, the 48 year old is on remand in a US cell facing 40 charges of fraud and money laundering, forcing the couple to delay their […]

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Divorce and Children – the hidden damage

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers September 5, 2013 Law

Today’s Daily Mail carries an article by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown which deals with the often hidden effects on children of the divorce or separation of their parents. The article mentions a documentary to be shown on BBC2 tonight at 9pm. I suspect that the programme will be difficult to watch but compelling nonetheless. The article comments […]

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How to divorce your dragon – the continuing saga

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers August 16, 2013 Law

The apparently deteriorating relationship between Duncan Bannatyne and his ex-wife Joanne returned to the news today. An article in the Daily Express reports that a poster for Joanne’s new gym has been put up just across the road from Mr Bannatyne’s office in Darlington. As is well known, Mr Bannatyne runs a string of fitness […]

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Being a Step-Dad isn’t always as easy as playing happy families

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers August 13, 2013 Law

The Daily Mail today reports on a survey undertaken by Stepdadding.com, which suggests that men who take on the role of step-father are twice as likely to Divorce than a man living with his biological children. According to the report, difficulties arising from and associated with the role of step-dad are said to be a […]

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The number of MPs splitting from their spouses is rising

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers August 13, 2013 Law

According to reports, one in six of the most recently elected Tory MPs has separated from spouses and partners; prompting calls to reform Westminster’s working culture. The latest Conservative MP to announce his Separation from his wife of 15 years is Mark Pritchard who, according to reports, separated in April 2013 and is said to […]

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Separating? Don’t forget how your children feel

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers August 13, 2013 Law

An article in the Daily Mail online published yesterday highlights the difficulties that separating couples face in communicating with each other following their split. In particular, it focuses on the emotional and psychological impact and potential harm that can affect children whose parents separate and then continue a “war of words”. The article refers to […]

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Duncan Bannatyne’s acrimonious divorce, could mediation have helped?

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers August 9, 2013 Law

The Daily Express reported yesterday that relations could not be worse between Dragon’s Den Duncan Bannatyne and his ex-wife, Joanne McCue. This is especially sad as the couple have two young children. Bannatyne says that communication has been through solicitors since the divorce petition landed on his doorstep. It’s fair to say Bannatyne wouldn’t be […]

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