Should all judges compile a ‘Dear Sam’ letter when putting children’s interests first?

A senior judge’s highly unusual move in explaining to a 14-year-old boy in a letter his decision why the child could not live with his father will have touched the hearts and minds of all parents.

Typically, judges produce a written ruling, In this case, Mr Justice Peter Jackson’s extraordinary action to compose a letter was made after the teenager, to whom he gave the pseudonym ‘Sam’, had given evidence and left for a school outing before the hearing had finished.

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A formula for cohabiting couples to protect their finances

By Peter Jones, founder

Cohabiting couples are calling for a change in the law to give them the same rights as married couples.

The findings of the latest in a series of surveys reinforce a lack of understanding among this fastest growing family type which makes up 17.5 per cent of families in the UK and which is forecast to keep growing due to the revival of the property market. Continue reading

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More child maintenance loopholes reinforce why family courts should rule on payments

By Peter Jones, founder

A new report has prompted fresh concerns about the systems that are supposed to ensure children receive maintenance payments they are entitled to.

Family law charity, Gingerbread has claimed that loopholes in the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) allow non-UK residents to pay only part of their liabilities.

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Where there’s a will : why education not modernisation is the solution

By Martin Holdsworth, head of the contentious wills, trust & estates team

A consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales on whether wills law should be brought into the “modern world” has reignited a long-running debate.

The independent body says that 40% of people who die each year do so without a will, having been put off by strict formality rules. It is now considering allowing texts, emails and other electronic communications to be recognised as a valid will. Continue reading

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Steps to take if your ex won’t provide details of the Cash Equivalent Transfer Value of a pension

 

Our latest guest blog on The Divorce Magazine asks what you need to do if your ex won’t provide details of the Cash Equivalent Transfer Value of a pension.

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How separated parents can take the heat out of summer holidays planning

For ex-spouses who are divorced or separated, planning a timetable to ensure their children’s break is memorable for all the right reasons can be even more challenging.

We have compiled six tips to keep stress to a minimum for you and your ex when the temperatures soar.

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Why we’re backing a fantastic family charity event for Father’s Day

Jones Myers is supporting a star-studded charity benefit event on Father’s Day which is boosting awareness for an inspirational charity.

Headlined by showbiz legends Cannon and Ball, the vibrant evening of family entertainment at Harrogate Theatre is a fundraiser for Shine  which provides specialist support for individuals and families who face the challenges of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

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Undergoing divorce? – How to emerge with a smile

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If you’re going through a painful parting, the concept of a happy and successful divorce may appear beyond the realms of possibility when you feel that your world is collapsing around you.

While the importance of being able to call on someone of sound judgement during a breakup is invaluable, not everyone has a close, reliable network of family and friends to help them.

This is why we champion a holistic approach comprising suitably trained lawyers, life coaches and financial advisers (as the case requires). This specialist support group understands the grieving process and works as a team to help manage each part of the jig-saw in a vital planning process. Continue reading

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Senior judge’s plea adds weight to ‘no-fault’ divorce campaign

 

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The call by the UK’s top family law judge for new legislation to allow ‘no-fault’ divorces reinforces the pressing need for their introduction.

Sir James Munby, the president of the Family Division and Britain’s fourth most senior judge, has said that current divorce laws, which date from 1969, “are based on hypocrisy and lack of intellectual honesty”. He has called for a system where registrars are simply notified of divorces – like births, marriages and deaths – with the only legal involvement being to resolve disagreements over money.

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Why it’s vital to protect children from the heat of divorce

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By Peter Jones, founder

There is no shortage of studies on the effects of divorce, which is hardly surprising since family break ups affect so many people in so many ways.

However some ‘research’ published flies in the face of all previous commentaries – not to mention to our breadth and depth of experience in family law.

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