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  THE FAIRWAY: RESOLUTION FOR A MAJOR GOLFING MARRIAGE IN THE ROUGH  

In a season which lifts the spirits, one of the regular heartwarming sights of summer is when the winners of golf’s Major tournaments are joined by their families to celebrate with their hard-earned trophies. For all the dedication of those who succeed in team sports, there is something about the characterististics which golf’s champions require […]

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  PENNY DROPPING: PRENUPS ON THE RISE  

Over the last couple of decades, we have seen considerable change in the nature of British households. Whereas marriage was, for instance, regarded as the absolute gold standard for domestic relationships, it has been in almost constant decline for half a century. Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there were […]

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  HALL BROWN NAMED MANCHESTER’S TOP FAMILY LAW FIRM AGAIN  

Hall Brown has reinforced its reputation as Manchester’s leading family law practice by topping a new independent ranking of legal specialists. In addition to being the only inclusion in the First Tier of family and divorce law firms in the city compiled by the Doyle’s Guide, Hall Brown has more of its lawyers recognised for […]

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  JUDGEMENTS, GENDER AND THE FAMILY COURT  

The workload undertaken by family courts across England and Wales is both immense and incredibly varied. During 2023, they dealt with just over a quarter of a million new cases (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/family-court-statistics-quarterly-october-to-december-2023/family-court-statistics-quarterly-october-to-december-2023#main-points). Each and every one has the potential to impact the lives of those involved for many years to come, not least the kind of […]

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  THE POPE, PAUSE AND PROBLEMS ON THE PATHWAY TO SURROGACY LAW REFORM  

Religion, so data would suggest, is less significant in the way that British couples now tend to formalise their relationships than in previous generations. The latest marriage figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), for instance, show that just under 15 per cent of opposite sex couples married in religious ceremonies during 2020 (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/marriagecohabitationandcivilpartnerships/bulletins/marriagesinenglandandwalesprovisional/2020). […]

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  THE GOOD DIVORCE: COMMON SENSE, CONFLICT AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION  

THE GOOD DIVORCE: COMMON SENSE, CONFLICT AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION Few individuals facing up to the end of their marriage would consider there to be any such thing as a ‘good divorce’. That might seem particularly true for individuals who attribute the failure of their relationships to their partner’s misconduct. Unreasonable behaviour and adultery were the […]

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  FAMILY VALUES: ADAPTATION AND ADOPTION  

As regular readers of this ‘blog will possibly have understood by now, the British household has experienced considerable flux in recent decades. However, whether opposite-sex or same-sex, married or cohabiting, one of the things which remains something of a constant is the premium which most people place on providing a safe and nurturing environment in […]

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  PENNY DROP: REDUCING DIVORCE CONFLICT AND ‘FINANCIAL FULL-STOPS’  

It is perfectly reasonable to find that the end of a marriage creates a sense of disappointment. After all, even though spouses or civil partners in England and Wales who go their separate ways do so after legal relationships lasting 12 years on average, there are many individuals who spend far longer together. Over the […]

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  POINTS OF SEPARATION: FAMILIES, SUPPORT AND SHIFT  

When it comes to family life in England and Wales, change is something of a constant. Yet the rate and type of change is very much dependent on a number of different circumstances. The impact of household finances, for instance, has been demonstrated afresh by new data published by the Department for Work and Pensions […]

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  BECAUSE WE WANT TO: OVERCOMING PROBLEMS AS SEPARATED PARENTS  

It is an unfortunate fact of family life that a large number of individuals who set up home together with the intention of staying together for some time end up going their separate ways. The impact of such break-ups is often magnified and complicated by those involved having children. Data published by the Department for […]

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