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Category: Family

Till turning 60 do us part – divorce in later life

Till turning 60 do us part – divorce in later life

The latest figures show that the overall divorce rate across all age groups fell by 11% between 2007 and 2009. However, the figure for the over-60s rose by 4.2% to 11,507 over the same period. There are probably several reasons for this. People are living longer, more active lives. Many couples find they have grown…

Would you share your lottery winnings with your spouse?

Would you share your lottery winnings with your spouse?

If one hits the jackpot, they may be able to simply walk away without giving the other anything. The case involved a woman who had won £500,000 on the National Lottery. She bought the winning ticket with her own money and without her husband’s knowledge. The couple, who can’t be named for legal reasons, were…

Father faces repeated jail terms if he disobeys court orders

Father faces repeated jail terms if he disobeys court orders

The issue arose following the breakdown of his relationship with the girl’s mother. He was allowed contact with his daughter but that wasn’t enough. In 2009 he abducted her and took her to Pakistan. The girl was then made a ward of court so the father took her to Iran, which has no arrangements with…

When divorcing couples try to ‘hide’ property

When divorcing couples try to ‘hide’ property

The courts, however, are prepared to set aside dubious transfers if it’s shown that they are simply an attempt to prevent a fair divorce settlement being reached. Such a case arose recently in which a husband used a company he owned to buy one of his properties worth up to £800,000. He then transferred the…

Sharp rise in civil partnership ‘divorces’

Sharp rise in civil partnership ‘divorces’

In 2010, 509 gay couples separated and dissolved their civil partnership. That was a 44% increase on 2009. Civil partnerships came into effect in December 2005. Since then, nearly 50,000 same sex couples have used them to formalise their relationships. More than 6,000 civil partnerships were registered in the UK last year, a slight increase…

Court orders that girl should live with grandmother

Court orders that girl should live with grandmother

The parents had what was described in court as a “tumultuous relationship”. They had left their daughter with her maternal grandmother when she was one and a half years old. They later took her back but the authorities became concerned that they weren’t providing her with adequate care. Proceedings began and during a fact-finding hearing…

Judge wants to reform laws on divorce and cohabitation

Judge wants to reform laws on divorce and cohabitation

Sir Paul Coleridge says an independent commission should be set up to look at ways of reforming the law relating to divorce and cohabitation because family relationships are now “unrecognisable” from 60 years ago when the last review was carried out. Sir Paul, who sits as Mr Justice Coleridge in the High Court, said that…

Divorcing couples must consider mediation before court action

Divorcing couples must consider mediation before court action

This rule already exists for couples using legal aid. Now it will be extended to all couples. From 6th April onwards, the person disputing the divorce terms will have to go to a professional mediator who will then contact the other spouse and arrange a mediation awareness session. The divorcing couple can attend individually or…

New Year’s resolutions to protect yourself and your family

New Year’s resolutions to protect yourself and your family

Make a will or bring your existing will up to date Making a will is one the easiest and best things you can do to protect the interests of the people you care about, it’s also the only way of ensuring that your wealth is passed on in the way you want. Unfortunately, many people…

Children ‘not too young’ to choose mother instead of father

Children ‘not too young’ to choose mother instead of father

A woman has won the right to keep her children with her in England after a court ruled that an eight-year-old and a six-year-old were not too young to have their views taken into account during a parental dispute. The case involved a couple who had three children during their marriage. The family had lived…