With online divorces now possible, this means an application can be lodged at court at any time and, according to official figures, the divorce rate peaked with 455 people applying for a divorce over the Christmas and New Year period, including 13 filed on Christmas Day itself.
A version of the financial disclosure form (Form E) – which was previously available on the HMCTS website – contained an error in its automatic calculator software. It is likely that this version of the form will have been used in many divorce cases and may necessitate the reopening of negotiations in some, in order … Continued
The Supreme Court handed down a landmark judgment on Wednesday in the case of Prest v Petrodel, when it overturned the (majority) judgement of the Court of Appeal, which had been in favour of the husband and his companies – but on a basis not previously argued in the case. The key issue in Prest … Continued
As the Spring Bank Holiday and summer holidays approach, it’s worth remembering that paying child maintenance – especially child support – does not change simply because the payer takes the children away on holiday. Child maintenance or child support is treated by the courts as an annual payment towards the income needs of the recipient. It … Continued
On 1 April 2013, the availability of legal aid changed dramatically. In the following article, we set out a summary of the changes and the ways in which Lyons Davidson can help, including our fixed fee private child law services package. Legal aid is no longer available for the following: Divorce and/or financial issues unless … Continued
It may come as a shock but, from 1 April 2013, Public Funding (also known as Legal Aid) will not be available to many previously eligible people in relation to family law matters, and they will be replaced by fixed fee legal services. Domestic violence The current economic climate has meant that the Ministry of … Continued
Cheap flights and the effects of globalisation have meant that cases involving one parent moving abroad with a child to start a new life following divorce or separation are becoming more commonplace. However, before moving abroad with a child, the parent needs permission from each person who has parental responsibility for that child. Often, the … Continued