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How to get divorced: a checklist

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Divorce is a difficult and inevitably emotional topic. Ending your marriage means major changes and a great deal of disruption, no matter how welcome the end of a painful relationship may be. Settling your finances, explaining the situation to your children or just deciding who gets to keep what…it can all seem very daunting. Sometimes it can be helpful to have a simple checklist to work with – a bullet point guide to the key stages. We hope the following proves useful. Have you been married for at least 12 months? If not, you will need to wait that long…

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What is child abduction?

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The term child abduction conjures up frightening images of sinister strangers pouncing on innocent children as they play in the park. Of course, such crimes do occur and they grab headlines and break hearts when they do. But abduction by strangers is rare. The majority of the child abduction that does take place is considerably more mundane and much closer to home: most children who are abducted are taken by their own parents. This type of abduction occurs most commonly following an acrimonious divorce or separation, between couples at loggerheads over arrangements for the children. Sometimes the parent with whom…

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No fault divorce bill ‘needs clarity’

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Draft legislation set to introduce set to introduce no fault divorce in England and Wales needs more work, the Law Society has claimed. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons earlier this month. It then went to the parliamentary Public Bill Committee for detailed examination and consideration. The Law Society, a professional body representing solicitors in England and Wales, wrote to the Committee. If it becomes law the bill would amend the stalwart Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, removing the current need to cite one of five specific reasons when applying for divorce….

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Supreme Court President calls for donations to legal support charity

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The President of the Supreme Court called for donations to a legal charity during a recent appearance on BBC Radio 4. Delivering the station’s weekly Appeal programme, Lady Hale gave her endorsement to the Personal Support Unit, which provides assistance to people facing complex family and civil court proceedings without legal representation. As President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale is the most senior judge in the country. She told listeners: “I know how intimidating the civil and family courts can be for people without legal knowledge or help. Everyone deserves access to justice whether or not they can afford…

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