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Make No Fault the Default

By | divorce, Divorce myths, Law news, News | No Comments

This week we are highlighting the campaign for ‘no fault’ divorce following the publication of a new report on this issue by Professor Liz Trinder, Finding Fault. Avid followers of this campaign will recall our “No More Fault” blog in October 2016. Finding Fault was published by the Nuffield Foundation and launched in Parliament at the end of last month and presents research into the current state of divorce law in England and Wales. The research took place over two years and heard from over a thousand divorcees, as well as family lawyers and judges. It highlights the inherent problems…

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Longer Life, Smaller Pension?

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Every year, as part of its annual Women and Retirement Report, Scottish Widows conducts research to establish the specific challenges facing women as they prepare for retirement. This year’s 13th annual report confirms what we have already known for a long time, that women fall behind men in terms of adequate pension savings. They are more likely to miss out on automatic enrolment (AE) contributions paid by their employers because they typically earn less, and they will miss out on contributions if they take time out of work to look after children. However, it is the second finding that concerns…

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An interview with….Natalie Sutherland

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We are delighted to announce Natalie Sutherland’s arrival at CFLP. Now that Natalie has her desk set up (a large hole punch was a must!) and has found her way around the office (and importantly now knows where we keep the chocolate) we thought we’d take the opportunity in this week’s blog to welcome Natalie Sutherland to our team with a little Q&A. Q: So, Natalie, you’ve been living in Cambridge since the middle of the summer. Welcome to Cambridge! How have you found the city since your arrival? It’s great. Cambridge is so beautiful and everyone is really friendly….

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All hail Lady Hale

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In this week’s blog, the incoming Supreme Court President, Lady Hale has caught our attention following her comments on diversity in the judiciary. Lady Hale, who replaces Lord Neuberger as Supreme Court President (being the first female appointment to the role) commented to a Belfast audience that the traditional solicitor / barrister divide in the profession was partly to blame for lack of females in the judiciary. Followers of our blog will be aware that we’ve previously highlighted Lady Hale’s role in challenging the diversity of the judiciary, not only from a gender perspective but also looking at the wider…

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Out with the old and in with the new!

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This week we are taking a look at recent changes introduced by Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (‘HMCTS’) to the application form (petition) for divorce, dissolution or judicial separation.  The new form was published on 7th August and will replace the old form for all new applications from 4th September 2017. Practitioners and the public do need to ensure the new form is used from 4th September or run the risk of their application being returned. So, what has changed in the form? In short, the new application form is far more user friendly and informative than the old…

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Natalie Sutherland to join CFLP as Partner

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Cambridge Family Law Practice is thrilled to announce that Natalie Sutherland has agreed to become a partner in September 2017. Natalie comes to CFLP from her senior position at a London based specialist family law firm, Levison Meltzer Pigott, where she practised as a specialist family lawyer since 2008.    Natalie brings a wealth of experience in representing and advising clients on the whole spectrum of family law issues, including financial disputes for married or unmarried couples, complex children matters, international and domestic relocation disputes, pre and post-nuptial agreements and proceedings relating to domestic abuse or occupation of the family home….

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CAFCASS – changing times

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This week we are looking at the role of the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (‘CAFCASS ‘) in family cases and how this may change in the future.  By way of reminder, a while ago we wrote about the role of CAFCASS in our ‘who or what is CAFCASS’ blog. Recent guidance issued by CAFCASS suggests their involvement with families and the court system will change. With effect from 1 July, CAFCASS issued specific guidance, with the approval of the President of the Family Division, on the use of their professional time to benefit children.  The overall aim…

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Equity vs equality – the sharing principle and fairness in short marriages

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This week we thought we’d look at the application of the ‘sharing principle’ following an interesting development in the law in the reported decision of Mr and Mrs Sharp. The case involves a couple in their mid-40s, worth around £6.9M. They did not have any children. The wealth was largely generated through substantial bonuses paid to the wife during the marriage. At the outset of their relationship the couple earned relatively similar amounts (c.£100k p.a.) and later, the wife received bonuses totalling c.£10.5M over the course of their 6 year marriage (including 18 months of pre-marital cohabitation). As is commonly…

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My spouse owns a business – what is it worth?

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When looking at an overall division of finances on divorce, the first step is to understand what resources there are. One of the issues faced by separating couples is how and when a business owned by either of them comes into play.  We at CFLP are experts in assessing the importance of business interests on divorce. Working out how much a business is worth, if it is worth anything at all, can be especially challenging for those who are not involved in running the business. First and foremost, it is crucial to understand the nature of the business. Is it:…

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International Divorce Arbitration – a new scheme

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As followers of our blog will know, we’re big fans of out-of-court dispute resolution at CFLP. Where we can help families keep their dispute away from court, we try to do that using our skills as collaborative practitioners, mediators and negotiators.  We offer advice during arbitration and Simon Bethel acts as a qualified arbitrator for children matters (link to our announcement here).  The launch of a new arbitration scheme for international divorce has recently caught our attention. Many international families find at a time of relationship breakdown that two or more countries can deal with issues regarding their family. Whilst…

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