Rover’s Return landlords head for break up: how to safeguard a family business

One of Coronation Street’s explosive upcoming storylines is rumoured to have Rover’s Return landlords, Steve McDonald and Michelle Connor  heading for divorce following tragic domestic upheavals and his infidelity. Media speculation on the split in the iconic series includes the … Continue reading

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How arbitration can avoid a Johnny Depp-style public divorce

As the media continues to dissect every minute detail of the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard divorce, stories reported include claims that Johnny Depp deliberately delayed proceedings. In our vast experience, UK divorces are rarely purposely prolonged once agreement is reached, with … Continue reading

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Schools out: the rising ‘fear culture’ involving estranged parents – and how to diffuse it

By Kate Banerjee, head of the Children Department In the countdown to schools breaking up, Jones Myers is witnessing heightened anxieties from divorced parents over their ex-partner taking their children on summer holidays.

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Why landmark ruling will spark an increase in claims from disinherited offspring

By Martin Holdsworth, partner, Jones Myers The decision by the Court of Appeal to increase an award from £50,000 £163,000 in the case of Ilott v Mitson, will undoubtedly have far reaching consequences – and could lead to an increase … Continue reading

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Why the hike in divorce fees is unjustifiable, uncalled for – and decidedly unwelcome

By Peter Jones, founder Middle England is taking yet another blow on the chin following the announcement that the cost of getting divorced is undergoing an astronomical 34% hike, from £410 to £550k, in a drive to boost the economy.

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Mum on the run – a desperate response to family courts’ tougher stance?

By Kate Banerjee, partner and head of the children’s department The sad case of three-year-old Ethan Minnock, who is in hiding with his mother, is evidence of family courts getting tough on mums who try to restrict fathers’ access to … Continue reading

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Alone on Father’s Day – helping dads cope with separation from their children

Father’s Day on June 21 will be a bittersweet occasion for many newly separated dads who no longer live with their children full time. After years of being with sons and daughters 24/7 in the family home, the transition to … Continue reading

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Why men only divorce firms can backfire when children are involved

The latest American export to the UK is a men-only divorce firm. Targeting men who feel let down by our family courts, lawyers in London are offering a service exclusively for husbands.

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When the gloves are off in divorce – why no one wins in a courtroom battle

A High Court judge is pulling no punches in a high profile case that shines the spotlight on the very worst aspects of a confrontational and protracted divorce. Mr Justice Holman described the courtroom fight between former Russian beauty queen … Continue reading

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Gambling on inheritance: wife rolls dice for stake in multi millionaire’s estate

Second marriages, stepchildren, larger estates and a more litigious society are frequently cited as reasons for the unprecedented increase in inheritance disputes and will disputes. As we have said before in this blog, where there’s a will there is often … Continue reading

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