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  POP: The Consequence of One Rock Star’s Ruling for Child Maintenance  

Even though some people might bristle at the thought, there can be little denying the impact of celebrity culture on society. Nevertheless, despite the fact that it seems to account for an increasing amount of space in both print and broadcast media, the lives of the rich and famous appear very different and distant to […]

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  Splits and Singles: Living Alone in Middle Age  

The British household has undergone tremendous change in recent decades. Since the introduction of current divorce law in the early 1970s, we’ve seen a dramatic increase (and, then, over the last 25 years, an equally considerable decline) in the number of marriages coming to a legal conclusion. We’ve seen civil partnerships for same-sex couples precede […]

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  A Case of Separation: Wine Collections and Divorce  

Although Britons have drunk wine for centuries, it’s arguably only in the last few decades that its consumption has become truly popular across different age and demographic groups. Buoyed by the kind of range in supermarkets which would once only have been the preserve of specialist shops in years gone by, sales continue to climb. […]

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  Drinking Habits Spark Rise in Divorce Disputes Over Wine Collections  

Britons’ more refined drinking habits are being blamed for an increase in couples rowing about how to divide up their wine collections when they divorce. One of the country’s leading family law firms has reported that three per cent of divorces which it handles involve arguments about wine. Andrew Newbury, a partner with Hall Brown […]

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  Perception, Reality, Maintenance and Divorce  

The vast majority of divorces with which I’ve been involved over the course of my 27-year career as a family lawyer are resolved in relatively amicable fashion. Although many marriages end in disagreement of some sort, the main point of contention is often the issue of providing ongoing financial support to a former spouse. The […]

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  Divorce, Defects and Disarray  

The end of a marriage can be an emotional experience, much as you’d expect. Even so, the process by which it is achieved is generally fairly straightforward and administrative. It will come as something of a shock, therefore, to read new guidance issued by the President of the Family Court, Sir James Munby about the […]

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  Divorce and the Technology Trap  

In the course of the last four decades, households around the world have benefited from significant and very rapid developments in technology. Not too long ago, the kind of audio and video facilities now provided by affordable, pocket-sized instruments came courtesy of items which were often the size of a suitcase and sometimes prohibitively expensive. […]

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  The Necessity of Arbitration  

We’ve all heard of whirlwind romances, those relationships which proceed from courtship to wedding vows with breath-taking speed. Divorces, though, don’t follow the same, swift pattern. In fact, if we discount the kind of protracted domestic disputes which occasionally feature on the pages of our national newspapers, divorces take about 18 months to conclude, depending […]

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  Nominations At The Double For Hall Brown In British Family Law ‘Oscars’  

One of the country’s most dynamic firms could be in line for further awards glory after landing a brace of nominations in the Family Law ‘Oscars’. Hall Brown Family Law has been chosen as one of the candidates for northern Regional Law Firm of the Year in the prestigious Family Law Awards. Partner Andrew Newbury […]

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  The Homestead History-Makers: UK Relationships at the Crossroads  

I would hazard a guess that most married – and, in fact, divorcing – couples are so reasonably occupied with the details of events at home that they think little of their place in history. If that seems a startling opening sentence, allow me to clarify what I mean. At the moment, I believe that […]

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