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No fault divorce back on the agenda.

Stewart Castle
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The recent Queen’s speech, outlining the government’s plans for the parliamentary year, has brought ‘no fault’ divorce back onto the agenda with the reintroduction of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill. This reform would...

The Cost of Settling

Stephanie Hinde
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Are the costs consequences of not accepting an offer to settle about to change?   In financial remedy proceedings ancillary to divorce, the general rule is that each party is responsible for their own legal costs and the court will only make a costs...

Ending the 'blame game' in divorce

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Ending the ‘blame game' in divorce The government’s recent announcement of a new law to remove the need for divorcing couples in England and Wales to assign blame has been welcomed by many. The move towards ‘no-fault divorce’...

Is Divorce or Separation on the Horizon in the New Year?

Stewart Castle
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If a relationship is already under pressure then Christmas and the New Year season can serve to bring matters to a crisis.  It is true to say that Family Solicitors find the New Year and January to be a busy time.  This may be for a couple of...

Our separation is all agreed so why do I need legal advice?

Jon Topham
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Everything is agreed in my separation, I don’t need legal advice right? Wrong! A recent case highlights the dangers of proceeding based on a verbal agreement on separation. A couple who had married in 1986 and had two children agreed to...

Why do I need to instruct a Family Solicitor?

David Starkey
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It is normal that where a marriage has broken down, there is usually at least one party feeling angry, sad, disappointed, or a mixture of all of those things.  It is therefore very easy for a divorce, and any associated financial or children related...

Divorce and Money separated

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A recent pilot divorce administration system run in the South West Regional Divorce Centre in Southampton, under which contested financial remedy proceedings are ‘de-linked’ from the main divorce proceedings has proved a success. Under the...

How to formalise your relationship outside marriage.

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How to formalise your relationship outside marriage. The Court of Appeal has rejected a claim by a heterosexual couple that their civil partnership be recognised.  The law provides civil partnership only for same sex couples whilst it now provides...

Resolution

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The Family Team at John Hodge Solicitors are all members of or prescribe to the code of conduct of Resolution an organisation, which represents 6,500 family justice professionals who are committed to supporting couples to reach constructive solutions to...

Holiday Time

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HOLIDAY TIME   At lot has been reported in the press recently about taking children out of school during term time for a holiday but what about time away during the official holiday period where parents are separated – particularly holidays...

Court Fees on Divorce Increase from 21 March 2016

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As a Family Lawyer I would say that I am pretty un-shockable, but I must admit that the Government’s 34% increase in the Court fee on divorce has been quite a surprise. We knew that it was being considered and was likely to take effect at some point;...

No Fault Divorce Bill - Progress Report

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This Bill is expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 11 March 2016. The present divorce law is over 45 years old, having come into force in 1969. This law brought in a single ground for divorce: that the marriage had irretrievably broken down....

Put Children First

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Put Children First Each year around 240,000 children in the UK experience the separation of their parents. More than one in three children will see their parents split up before they reach their 16th birthday. When parents split up, children can often...

Bristol Family Law Clinic

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John Hodge Solicitors are pleased to announce that we are now offering a Family Law clinic at our Bristol office on the third Saturday of each month between 10.00am and 2.00pm, commencing on Saturday 17 th October 2015. There is no need to make an...

When Divorce Is Not the End

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When divorce is not the end. All family lawyers will have anecdotes of clients who, even after difficult divorces, will reunite with their former spouse.  This can have some unintended consequences. Some reunited couples will of course remarry, and...

The Importance of Financial Orders upon Divorce

David Starkey
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The case of Wyatt and Vince has recently highlighted the importance of obtaining an Order dealing with financial matters during divorce proceedings. Mr Vince and Ms Wyatt met as students in their early twenties and married in 1981. The pair had a son...

Maintenance on divorce

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Maintenance on divorce; how much and for how long? One of the questions we are frequently asked by newly separated clients is how much maintenance they should either pay to or receive from their spouse.  Where the maintenance is being paid in respect...

Litigant in person seminar

David Starkey
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Many people have never set foot inside a court building and wouldn’t dream of doing so without a lawyer to guide them through the process. However, more so than ever before, people are having to represent themselves in family court cases. If you find...

Unmarried Couples

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Unmarried couples - How does my position differ from someone who is married? If you are married or in a civil partnership and your relationship breaks down then you can claim maintenance, lump sums, and other financial provision including  pension...

Client credit with Iceberg

David Starkey
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At John Hodge Solicitors we understand that clients facing divorce or financial disputes following the breakdown of a relationship are likely to be experiencing a period of emotional and financial turmoil.  We are therefore delighted to announce that,...

Wedmore Family Law Clinic

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Wedmore Family Law Clinic If you have a question or concern regarding any aspect of Family Law and live in Wedmore or the surrounding area, John Hodge Solicitors is now offering a Family Law clinic each Tuesday between 9.30am and 4pm.  With no...

Family Blog

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