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Top 5 reasons why January is the peak month for filing for divorce/separation

It is a well known fact amongst Specialist Family Law Lawyers that the cold month of January represents a surge in the filing of divorce petitions.  In fact, the first Monday in January is known as “Divorce Day”. Why is this? The New Year is seen by many as the time for a fresh start – new resolutions – time for change. Leaving an unhealthy, unhappy and stale relationship is a way of achieving this...
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British Ex-Pat in need of advice about divorce?

We are all aware that many Britons are now living abroad due to work commitments.  Those in Dubai/UAE may find it very difficult to access expert advice in relation to family issues, particularly because the legal system is so different from the UK – a maze, and totally incomprehensible.  However, British ex-pats may still be able to access family justice through the English courts despite living abroad. In the case of divorce, this can be...
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Why you need a Will

Many people think they do not need to make a Will because the Rules of Intestacy will make sure their closest relatives inherit their money and property after their death. But these rules were originally drafted in 1925 and do not cover many common family situations today. You need a Will:- If you live with a partner without being married or in a civil partnership. (Without a Will your surviving partner will have no provision...
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Sorting out separation app

The government has launched an App to provide more information and to guide couples thinking about, or involved in, separation. The information is useful and provides a good guide to those affected, and their supporters. It promotes the idea of co-parenting where children are involved and urges couples to adopt an amicable and non-confrontational approach on all issues.  Please do view the link below and email us your thoughts on info@shortlands.co.uk . http://www.sortingoutseparation.org.uk/en/hub.aspx

Petrodel v prest – how important is this judgement?

The Judgement in Petrodel and Prest hit the headlines recently because of the contradictions in the husband’s position and the commercial interest in the result. Michael Prest was a successful oil trader. During his marriage which lasted 20 years and produced four teenage children, the family enjoyed a very high standard of living. The family home in London and other properties were owned by three companies, not by the husband personally. But the husband was...
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