Father Loses Court Battle To Stop Daughter Being Taken To Sweden

Date: April 20th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Family Law Week reported recently that the Court of Appeal has refused an appeal made by a father, against an order permitting the mother of his five year old daughter to relocate her to Sweden. The child’s mother moved from Sweden to London in 2007 and began a relationship with a British man. The child… Read the full article

Paternity deceit leads to almost £100,000 liability

Date: April 13th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

A businesswoman has been forced to pay her ex-husband damages after a judge found that she had intentionally deceived him into thinking that he was the father of the son she gave birth to after receiving fertility treatment, reports the Press Association. In proceedings at Central London County Court, Judge Deborah Taylor heard that the… Read the full article

Judge Rules Against Adoption In First English Care Case Involving Alleged Female Genital Mutilation

Date: April 9th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Family Law Week reported that The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, recently heard what is believed to be the first case in England in which an allegation was made that a child was subjected to Female Genital Mutilation. Care proceedings were brought by Leeds City Council in November 2013, after a child,… Read the full article

Resolution calls for blame-free divorce to be introduced in England and Wales.

Date: April 2nd, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Some important aspects of family law in England and Wales may be out of date and in urgent need of overhaul according to a Manifesto for Family Law launched by Resolution, an organisation which represents 6500 lawyers and other professionals dealing with divorces and separation. According to The Guardian newspaper, Jo Edwards, a solicitor and… Read the full article

Oil Trader Facing Imprisonment Over Unpaid Maintenance

Date: March 31st, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

The Evening Standard reported recently that oil trader Michael Prest is facing the possibility of imprisonment after failing to make all of the payments due by him to his ex-wife. Mr. Prest, said to have a net worth £37.5 million at the time of his divorce in 2011, had been ordered to pay a lump… Read the full article

What’s The Right Time To Separate?

Date: March 27th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

According to an article on the Daily Telegraph’s website, couples seeking to separate may benefit from waiting until April, after the tax year. That’s because couples who separate on 6th April may be best placed to use certain tax benefits to their mutual advantage, potentially saving thousands of pounds. Many people don’t appreciate that the… Read the full article

Heterosexual couple embark on legal quest to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples.

Date: March 27th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

The restriction of civil partnerships to same-sex couples is about to be challenged by a Notting Hill couple, Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 introduced a new form of legally recognised union: the civil partnership. However, the provisions of the Act only apply to same-sex partners and not to opposite-sex couples…. Read the full article

Increase in applications by grandparents for Child Arrangement Orders

Date: March 24th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

It may come as a surprise to some people to discover that grandparents do not have an automatic legal right to be part of their grandchildren’s lives. As the law stands, they don’t even have the right to have access to their grandchildren. Sadly, when a marriage breaks down, it is by no means uncommon… Read the full article

Court of Appeal hears first “lesbian divorce” case

Date: February 26th, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

As reported in The Daily Telegraph recently, the Court of Appeal is to hear what is believed to be its first English “lesbian divorce” case. Renowned property developer Carol Ainscow was instrumental in the redevelopment of Manchester’s Canal Street and in other parts of the city. She was sole shareholder of her company, Artisan Holdings…. Read the full article

Judge Removed from Divorce Case

Date: February 23rd, 2015 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

It isn’t often that a top divorce judge is taken off a case. However, as reported in the Telegraph, that is precisely what happened when High Court judge Sir Nicholas Mostyn was said to have used “intemperate” language and showed too much “hostility” during a recent divorce hearing. Sir Nicholas is perhaps best known as… Read the full article

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