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DefinitionParental responsibility is concerned with the care and upbringing of a child until they grow up.Under the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989)...
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4th May
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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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4th May
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A writ (High Court) or warrant (Family Court) of possession of land can be used to give effect to an order that provides for a party to it to be...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder 4th May
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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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4th May
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The Family Procedure Rules 2010, SI 2010/2955, 1.1 sets out the overriding objective, including that dealing with a case justly includes ensuring...
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4th May
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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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4th May
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Bar on petition for divorce within one year of marriageA petition for divorce cannot be presented to the court before the expiration of one year from...
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4th May
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by HMCTS, regarding proceedings in England and Wales during the coronavirus (COVID-19)...
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4th May
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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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4th May
Precedents
Dear [insert organisation][insert case name] [insert case reference number]We enclose our client’s application for decree nisi to be made absolute.The...
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A freezing order (formerly termed a Mareva injunction or order) is an interim injunction restraining a party from disposing or dealing with...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter 4th May
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IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s...
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4th May
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This Practice Note sets out the general principles to be applied by the court when considering whether to make a lump sum order within financial...
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4th May
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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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4th May
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In the Family CourtSitting at [court name]No: [case number][The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973ORThe Civil Partnership Act 2004ORThe Child Support Act...
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IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s...
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Sections 49–54 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPOA 2012) introduced changes to the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973...
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29th Jan
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On 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be a member of the EU and EEA. Given the extensive data flows between the EEA and UK, equivalent EEA data...
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On 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be a member of the EU and EEA. This Practice Note introduces:•the General Data Protection Regulation, Regulation...
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On 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and entered a Brexit implementation period. This Practice Note introduces the approach to...
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This Q&A looks at the impact of Brexit on cross-border transfers of personal data involving the UK and EEA, under the General Data Protection...
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29th Jan
Practice notes
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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29th Jan
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Family proceedings are governed by the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955. The rules relating to divorce proceedings are to be found...
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29th Jan
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As of 31 January 2020, the UK ceased to be an EU Member State and no longer participated in the political institutions and governance structures of...
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29th Jan
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This Practice Note sets out key news and guidance in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) relevant to family proceedings. It also deals with issues...
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29th Jan
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All family lawyers should be knowledgeable about the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998) and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which is...
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29th Jan
Practice notes
The position of a personal pension on bankruptcyA bankrupt’s estate automatically vests in the official receiver (or an insolvency practitioner if...
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Produced in partnership with Philip Hinks of 3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) 29th Jan
Q&As
Proceedings in respect of parental responsibilities and rights must comply with the jurisdictional requirements of Council Regulation (EC) 2201/2003...
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29th Jan
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The English courts will grant a divorce to parties provided that there is jurisdiction to do so and the ground for divorce is made out. The court has...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 29th Jan
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Where more than one country may have jurisdiction to hear divorce proceedings, care should be taken to determine which may be the most advantageous...
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