Meeting for dinner and discussing divorce

In a recent case, the court had to decide whether a wife should be allowed to refer to things the husband had said when they met for dinner to discuss their divorce.  The husband claimed the dinner was a ‘without prejudice’ meeting, which would mean that what was said was ‘privileged’ and could not be
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Child maintenance – new rules

New rules for child maintenance come into force today, Monday 30 June.  If the ‘receiving’ parent  wants the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to collect maintenance from the ‘paying’ parent (as opposed to just assessing what ought to be paid), the paying parent has to pay 120% of the assessed amount, and the receiving parent actually
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Bitcoin and divorce

Apparently divorcing spouses are increasingly using Bitcoin to hide money from the other spouse and the court.  This article in the Daily Mail explains how, and also includes a beginner’s guide to Bitcoin.

Telephone – update

The fault has been identified and fixed and the phones are working normally again.  Again, apologies for any inconvenience caused while they were out of action.

Telephone fault

Please accept my apologies if you have tried to telephone the office today or on Friday and been unable to get through.  The fault is in Virgin Media’s line to the office.  The engineers are on the case and hopefully the fault will be rectified by the end of the day.

New video help for litigants in person

Barrister Lucy Reed has produce three excellent videos to help litigants in person in the Family Court.   They are on YouTube – the first video can be found here – there are links to the second and third videos on the right hand side of the page.

Child Maintenance

The Government’s new online child maintenance toolkit has gone live this week.  It’s a useful source of information about child maintenance and includes an online calculator.  The presentation as clear as you could wish for – all in the award-winning format.

Divorce – no longer to be a matter for the court?

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, is in favour of making divorce an administrative process instead of a court process as at present.  He told journalists today that he favoured a system which left the court with the power to make decisions about children and about the family finances
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Mediation vs a court battle – the same old misinformation trotted out yet again

This time it’s a Ministry of Justice press release, out today.  If you don’t do the sensible thing and go to mediation when you get divorced, you face a court battle.  Wrong wrong wrong.  Most disputes over finances or children are sorted out amicably by correspondence between specialist family law solicitors (like me – I
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Ms H

I would like to extend my thanks for all your work on this, and for dealing with everything in such a smooth and professional manner throughout. You have helped make this divorce a very stress free experience for me, and I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who may be in need of
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