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The Benefits of Seeking Legal Advice on Relationship Breakdown

January 09, 2019 | Family Services

If the emotional impact of a breakdown of a relationship is not bad enough, it will usually be accompanied by the need to make a host of difficult decisions, including the arrangements for children, division of any assets and possible continuing financial support.   Clients often believe that instructing a solicitor will only serve to(Read more)

Divorcing a Narcissist

January 04, 2019 | Family Services

Sally Challen was jailed for the murder of her husband in 2011 but could a new law recognising psychological manipulation as a form of domestic abuse be a defence in her appeal hearing next month? See this BBC news article for more information. Does your partner belittle you, or put you down, blame you for(Read more)

Fixed Fees for Divorce

December 21, 2018 | Family Services

Christina Cree, Family Solicitor Bicester and Oxford. When a relationship ends it can be a confusing and stressful time for all involved. With astronomical figures for celebrity divorces frequently published in the press, many clients are concerned about the costs associated with getting divorced. Divorces need not be complicated, particularly if both parties have agreed(Read more)

We Got Through Christmas, Now What?: Advice on Separation and Divorce

December 21, 2018 | Family Services

The festive period can be an exciting time, however if you are in the midst of a relationship breakdown it can also be very stressful. Many couples, particularly those with children, choose to wait until the New Year before beginning to think about separation or divorce and financial proceedings. At HMG Law LLP we believe(Read more)

You Want a Divorce: Now What?

December 21, 2018 | Family Services

Your spouse has asked you for a divorce or you want a divorce what do you do next? For some, your spouse asking for a divorce can come as a complete shock and for others it has been agreed between you that the marriage is over. Whatever the reason, the first step is to seek(Read more)

Do I need to have permission to relocate with my child abroad?

December 07, 2018 | Family Services

  Do I need to have permission to relocate with my child abroad? Under English law nobody is allowed to take a child out of the jurisdiction of England and Wales without the permission of everyone with Parental Responsibility, because it would be child abduction. If the Court has ordered that a child shall live(Read more)

Is There Any Difference Between Marriage and Civil Partnership for Heterosexual Couples?

October 12, 2018 | Family Services

The UK government has announced that heterosexual couples are going to be allowed to enter into civil partnerships as an alternative to marriage. Therefore, addressing the imbalance between same-sex couples who can choose between marriage or civil partnership. What is a civil partnership? A civil partnership is a legally recognised relationship between two people and(Read more)

Owens v Owens: Divorce Reform on the Horizon?

September 10, 2018 | Family Services

The Supreme Court has rejected a petitioner wife’s appeal against a decision dismissing her divorce petition sparking calls for reform to the divorce system. In England and wales divorce can only be granted on the basis that the marriage has broken down irretrievably (s.1(1) Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA)). The court will only hold that(Read more)

Supreme Court Confirms That Ex-Wives Cannot Expect a ‘Second Bite of the Cherry’ Years After Divorce

July 20, 2018 | Family Services

Divorcees seeking a “second bite of the cherry” have been dealt a blow by the Supreme Court who ruled this week in the case of Mills and Mills that a wife could not expect the Court to increase the periodical payments (also known as spousal maintenance) she was receiving from her ex-husband to cover her(Read more)

Holiday Checklist

July 12, 2018 | Family Services

With the holiday season fast approaching have you got your holiday checklist in order?     Passports packed     Bags packed    Sun cream packed  X       Permission to take children abroad? You are all set for your summer holiday, the last thing on your mind may be getting your ex-partner’s permission to(Read more)