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Did I Do The Right Thing? Newly Separated Woman Offers Advice

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 “Did I do the right thing?” is probably a question that many newly separated men and women ask themselves. Even though in your heart you knew separating was the best thing, time starts to bring loneliness, emptiness and fear into the mix and it’s easy to second guess yourself and wonder if your decision was the right one.   “Maybe it could work if we both…Maybe we could try counseling again and make it work this time….Maybe if I changed…Maybe if he changed…Maybe he’d be different if I went back…I don’t want to be alone!…I can’t handle life on my [...]

Something That Might Help In Moving On After Divorce

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“I just want to move on and I can’t,” is something I hear from many men and women during and after their divorce. I always tell people that no one can tell you how to move on, that it has to come from within. Of course, there are things you can do to help yourself begin to heal, accept, let go of anger and bitterness and move on, but honestly, truly moving on takes a long time for most people. The following is a great guest post by DGS contributor, Dr. Baruch Halevi, who offers practical advice on something specifically [...]

Do litigants in person have an unfair advantage?

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That it had in her words, ‘taken up countless court and judge hours as both parties, incapable of compromise, have bombarded the court with endless applications, such that Ms Jones now tells the court the judge has had to make orders that neither party may make an application without the leave of the court. The refusal of either party to accept any ruling or decision of the court has meant that the court staff and judge have been inundated with emails, which they have had to deal with as best they could, with limited time and even more limited resources. [...]

Court of Appeal: Divorcée can be identified

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Home > News Appeal judges lift an order protecting parties’ anonymity It has been reported by the Press Association that the Court of Appeal has rejected an application for a reporting restriction order by a former wife involved in financial remedy proceedings against her husband. Tina Norman had claimed that her financial affairs were "private business" and that there was no public interest in the disclosure of her identity. Various newspapers successfully contested the making of a reporting restriction order. The judgment will be available at a later date. Jo Carr-West, partner in the family department at Hunters Solicitors, said: [...]

Interview: Andrew Langdon QC

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Criminal silk Andrew Langdon used his inaugural speech as chairman of the bar in December to relate his unusual journey to the leadership. When Haile Selassie was overthrown as emperor of Ethiopia in 1974, Langdon’s parents were in the country working on a farm. The family was forced to flee at gunpoint and came to England as refugees. As Selassie did in the 1930s, they settled in the West Country (the emperor chose Bath); unlike Selassie, the family made the move with no money.   Langdon is still based in the region providing, he told his audience, a service ‘for [...]

Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill receives its second reading

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Home > News Baroness Deech’s private member’s bill seeks to replace section 25(2) of the MCA 1973 The Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill received its second reading on 27 January 2017 and has been committed to the Committee of the whole house on a date to be announced.  The bill is a private member's bill introduced by Baroness Deech. The Bill received its first reading in the House of Lords on 26 May 2016. The Bill proposes to replace section 25(2) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 with "provisions about the principles to be applied in determining applications for such orders, including [...]

Alaskan divorce courts to treat pets more like children

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Home > News New law provides for joint ownership of family animals The Animal Legal Defense Fund of the United States has reported in its blog that Alaska has become the first state in the country to empower judges to take into account the "well-being of the animal" in custody disputes involving non-human family members. Amendments to the state divorce statute, which became effective on 17 January 2017, expressly require courts to address the interests of companion animals when deciding how to assign ownership in divorce and dissolution proceedings. It is, according to the ALDF, also the first to explicitly [...]

Allowing councils to opt out of legal duties to ‘experiment’ with service delivery will place childr…

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In just a few months, the Family Court has seen its budget shrink from £2.4bn to £1.6bn. These cuts, as well as ongoing delays in improving the system, are wreaking havoc on society’s most vulnerable families. The latest set of concerns stem from the drastic reduction in legal aid, which also saw the government implement a set of requirements that had to be met before victims of domestic violence could access legal support. Arguing that the need to show evidence of violence underlined the importance of fairness in legal proceedings, the government conveniently sidestepped difficulties surrounding pre-trial evidence gathering in [...]

Assisted reproduction: consent given for first child is valid consent for second child (High Court)

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In P and others (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008) [2017] EWHC 49 (Fam), Munby P held that the consent given by the birth mother's partner, to being the parent of any child born by assisted reproduction for the first child born, is valid for any second child born by further assisted reproduction. This judgment relates to various assisted reproduction cases with differing issues about consent forms and is part of the series starting with Re A and Others (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008) [2015] EWHC 2602 (Fam) (see Legal update, Providing valid consent in assisted reproduction cases (High [...]

Encrypted Skype authorised for vulnerable father with agoraphobia to participate in proceedings (Fam…

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In Medway Council v R and others (Participation of vulnerable parties) [2016] EWFC B104, the court authorised the use of an encrypted Skype video service, to allow a father suffering from severe agoraphobia, to participate in care proceedings. Please click the button below if you have Practical Law enabled OnePass account. If you have forgotten your [...]