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  Growing Pains: Getting To Grips With Child Maintenance Arrears  

It is an unfortunate fact that tens of thousands of relationships break apart in the UK each year. The most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that more than 107,000 marriages ended in divorce in England and Wales alone during 2019 (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/divorce/bulletins/divorcesinenglandandwales/2019). To that tally can be added the many cohabitations […]

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  Hall Brown Named North West’s Professional Services ‘Master’  

Hall Brown Family Law has hailed the efforts of staff in coping with the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic as integral to its picking up another prestigious business award. The firm has been named as the North West’s leading professional services business company in the North West Business Masters Awards. It was also shortlisted […]

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  Private Education, Priorities And Pressure  

Divorce is about more than simply obtaining the decrees – nisi and then absolute – which bring marriage to a legal close. Another very essential part of the process is ensuring that joint marital assets are divided fairly. The most recent figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there were 107,599 […]

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  Marriage On The Rebound  

The tide of change in Britain’s households has been relatively fast-flowing in recent decades. It seems that much of the accepted wisdom from just a couple of generations ago about what constituted ‘normal’ family life has been tipped on its head. Even so, if you want to see what’s really going on, it’s often worth […]

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  Pension-Age Pragmatism: Priorities Of The New Romantics  

Not too many years ago, there was a commonly held view that reaching middle age meant leaving behind energetic pursuits and adopting rather more sedate pastimes. It was an attitude stereotyped by popular references to bath chairs and grey hairs, gardening and a love of fairly uninspiring daytime television programmes. However, the last decade or […]

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  Couples, Control and Kids  

Over the course of my career as a family lawyer, one of the things which I’ve become aware of is the difference between the perception of the kind of work which myself and my colleagues at Hall Brown Family Law deal with and the reality. For instance, many individuals whose only experience of divorce is […]

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  Civil Partnerships, Cohabitation and Resolution  

Just over five years have elapsed since the passage of a law allowing same-sex marriages in England and Wales. The first ceremonies took place in late March 2014 and constituted something of a milestone, giving gay couples the same legal recognition as their heterosexual counterparts. A significant step on the road to same-sex marriage had, […]

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  Paper Cuts: Adultery Claims and the New Divorce Form  

There is little doubt that the very concept of divorce can be intimidating. It’s surprising just how widely held the belief is that it consists of a single process, revolving around money and what happens to a couple’s children once their married parents split up. However, there are two very different strands to divorce. The […]

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  Divorce Do’s And Don’ts: Snooping  

Divorce is, sadly, a fact of life for many modern families. The most recent figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that more than 111,000 marriages were brought to a legal close in 2014 (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/divorce/bulletins/divorcesinenglandandwales/2014). They were all dealt with according to a piece of legislation known as the Matrimonial Causes Act. […]

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  Booze and Behaviour: Wives’ Drinking Ending More Marriages  

After what must have seemed like countless generations of stability, the last few decades have wrought undeniable change on British households. The very concept of homes comprising a husband, wife and two children has become a stereotype found more often in drama than reality. Since the mid-1990s, in particular, the shift in domestic life has […]

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