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This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners when considering an...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in...
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9th Nov
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Instructing counsel to advocate on a client’s behalf should be a matter of careful thought and preparation. The role of counsel is to provide...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 12th Jan
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The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) sets out the grounds on which a marriage is void or voidable and the bars preventing the grant of a decree...
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9th Nov
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Online divorceOn 6 May 2018 the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) launched its online divorce service nationwide for the public acting as litigants in person....
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9th Nov
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A void marriage is one that will be treated by the court as never having taken place. The grounds on which a marriage will be void are set out in...
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9th Nov
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The basis of Duxbury calculationsA Duxbury calculation is an actuarial calculation designed to identify the capital sum required to meet a periodical...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note sets out the basic principles to be applied when drafting a financial consent order including the preparation and structure of the...
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9th Nov
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Applications for judicial separation are relatively rare in practice. It may arise where the client has strong religious and or cultural reasons for...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in...
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9th Nov
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Online divorceWhere a divorce is proceeding via the online service note that while rules relating to divorce proceedings are generally to be found in...
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9th Nov
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Sequestration is a process for dealing with a contempt of court that would be otherwise punishable by a committal under which the assets of the...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder 12th Jan
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This Practice Note explains the no order principle contained in section 1(5) of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989). It explains when the principle...
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9th Nov
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The power to make pension attachment orders (previously referred to as earmarking orders) arises from the insertion of sections 25B–25D of the...
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Produced in partnership with Rebecca Dziobon of Penningtons Manches Cooper 12th Jan
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The paramountcy principleWhen any court determines any question with respect to:•the upbringing of the child, or•the administration of the child's...
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9th Nov
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Forms of address for the judiciaryThere are certain protocols that need to be followed when addressing members of the judiciary. These protocols apply...
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15th May
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List of EU member states and official languagesMembership of the European Union has steadily grown since its founding members formed the European Coal...
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15th May
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Court etiquetteThe most important rule is to be polite. If you are polite to everyone at all times, it is hard to go seriously wrong.The judgeMake...
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15th May
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Guide to the Court of Justice of the European UnionThis Practice Note provides a brief description of the Court of Justice of the European Union and...
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15th May
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The 'three-year rule' in bankruptcy under section 283A of the Insolvency Act 1986The 'three-year rule' and why it appliesThe reforms introduced by the...
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Produced in partnership with Amit Gupta of St Philips Chambers 15th May
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Possession and sale applications in respect of a bankrupt's family homeWhen the bankrupt's estate vests in the trustee in bankruptcy (trustee)...
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15th May
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Excessive pension contribution recoveryWhen pension contributions are recoverableThis practice note addresses two questions:•whether a bankrupt’s...
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Produced in partnership with Raj Arumugam of 5 Stone Buildings 15th May
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Property that vests in the trustee in bankruptcy on bankruptcy and how the trustee in bankruptcy ascertains the extent of their interest in itOne of...
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15th May
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Dos and don'ts for family lawyers when dealing with bankruptcyFor family lawyers and divorcing parties, the impact of bankruptcy can have a dramatic...
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15th May
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How a pension is dealt with in bankruptcyThe position of a personal pension on bankruptcyA bankrupt’s estate automatically vests in the official...
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Produced in partnership with Philip Hinks of 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) 15th May
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Factors which can give rise to the court not making an order for possession and sale of the family home—and the test it will applyThis Practice Note...
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15th May
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The bankruptcy court's power to set aside financial orders made on divorce or dissolution of a civil partnershipThe general position of the bankruptcy...
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15th May
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The impact of bankruptcy on divorce proceedingsThe impact that bankruptcy and divorce proceedings have on one another has been subject to several...
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15th May
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Can the court annul a bankruptcy order obtained in order to defeat the divorce proceedings?It is not uncommon for bankruptcy and divorce proceedings...
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15th May
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Family provision claims—the cohabitantThe cohabitantThe Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (I(PFD)A 1975) permits a claim by a...
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15th May
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Family provision claims—procedural tableApplicantsSpouse or civil partner of the deceasedI(PFD)A 1975, s 1(1)(a) Former spouse or civil partner of...
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15th May
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Family provision claims—matters to which the court must have regardThe Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (I(PFD)A 1975) is...
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15th May
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Family provision claims—practice and procedureTime limitsAn action under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (I(PFD)A 1975)...
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15th May
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Family provision claims—settlement and welfare benefitsThis Practice Note considers how a claim brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family...
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Produced in partnership with Richard Dew of Ten Old Square 15th May
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Family provision claims—conduct of the claimantIntroductionThe conduct of the party who makes a claim for financial provision has always been a...
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Produced in partnership with Sidney Ross of Ten Old Square 15th May

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