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Lawyers ‘can act for both parties in divorce’

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There is no conflict of interest in helping both parties in a divorce reach a financial agreement, a High Court Judge has declared. In JK v VK & Another, Mr Justice Mostyn considered the case of a younger couple who sought a clean break divorce (one with no possibility of future obligations) after a marriage of just two and a half years. They approached an online divorce service specialising in joint financial agreements (legally termed ‘consent orders’). However, one such joint order was queried by a regional Judge, who suggested that it might constitute a conflict of interest. Traditionally, although…

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Boy should be sent to live with father, High Court concludes

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A 12 year-old should be sent to live with his father to restore their relationship, a High Court Judge ruled in a recently published case. PA v TT and H concerned a couple from a Sikh background who had married in 2005 and separated in 2007. They had one son, referred to in the judgement as ‘H’. The breakdown of the marriage was acrimonious, and there had been no less than five previous sets of proceedings concerning arrangements for the boy. These included allegations of domestic abuse, which were dismissed. Prior to the beginning of the sixth set of proceedings,…

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Children should spend time with alienated father court rules

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A mother who had pressured her children into rejecting their father must allow them to build a healthy relationship, a family court judge has ruled. During a High Court session in Brighton, His Honour Judge Bedford noted that disputes between the parents dated back many years. “The two children in this case have been the subject of litigation, on and off, for much of their lives, one child being aged 11 years and 5 months and the other children being 10 years and one month. “ He explained: “Fortunately for the children, contact took place on a regular basis following the…

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Opposite sex civil partnerships to begin on New Year’s Eve

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Opposite sex couples in England and Wales will be able to enter civil partnerships for the first time on New Year’s Eve. Earlier this week the House of Lords approved the Civil Partnership (Opposite Sex Couples) Regulations 2019. These amend the Civil Partnership Act, which dates back to 2004. The newly altered provisions will allow straight couples to register civil partnerships in addition to their same sex counterparts. The amendments have been scheduled for 2 December 2019. As a 28-day notice period is still required when couples register their intention to marry or enter a civil partnership, 31 December will…

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