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Marriage versus cohabitation – the legal status

May 4, 2016

According to figures from the National Office of Statistics, divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level for 40 years. There has been a significant rise in the proportion of couples marrying after a period of cohabitation, with the data pointing to these marriages surviving the so-called “seven year itch”. It seems that many couples…

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Contact with children following divorce

December 14, 2015

Every year, 12,000 couples with children decide to live apart. As the recent high-profile case of Rebecca Minnock and her son Ethan illustrated, making arrangements for parenting following the break-up of a relationship can be challenging. Section 1 of the Children Act 1989 states that whenever a court has to make a decision concerning the…

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Full and frank disclosure required of all parties

October 16, 2015

A landmark ruling by the Supreme Court made on 14th October 2015 sends a “shot across the bows” to parties in divorce cases by reiterating the Court’s sanctioning power if parties are found to be fraudulent and dishonest about their finances and, in doing so, seek to mislead the Court. The joint appeals of Alison…

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Who gets what – dividing assets on divorce

August 7, 2015

There are no hard and fast rules governing how assets should be divided on divorce. There is a broadly applied principal starting point of a 50:50 split. The objective is to apportion assets in a way that meets the needs of both parties and is reasonable and fair. If the parties can’t agree on how…

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What does the case of Ilott –v– Mitson really mean?

July 31, 2015

Parent or Child, Colemans’ specialist Wills and Probate and Litigation Teams have the combination of expertise and experience you need On Monday, the Court of Appeal gave what the press are calling a ‘landmark ruling’ in the case of Ilott v Mitson. The facts are that Melita Jackson’s only child Heather ran away from home…

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Ex-Couple’s Trade Mark War Ends in Stalemate

September 3, 2014

Mixing business and personal relationships can produce additional complications if a break-up occurs, as evidenced by the stalemate reached by a warring former couple who are at loggerheads over the future of their deadlocked business and its intellectual property (IP) rights. The ex-couple were partners in business and in life for 26 years and ran…

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