Valuing pension rights on divorce

This article discusses valuation issues in order to provide a basis for a negotiated settlement which reflects the capital value in present-day terms of the pension rights of one or both parties and identifies areas in which solicitors may need help from forensic accountants.

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A Week in the Life – Cafcass Legal

Jeremy Ford, Solicitor, describes the many and varied roles carried out by the team of lawyers at Cafcass Legal.

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Known Sperm Donor and Co-parenting Arrangements – a cautionary tale

Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP, considers the legal issues for parties involved in such arrangements.

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Divorce forum disputes: when dual nationality may not be a possibility

As there can be dramatic financial and other differences for an international family in proceedings in one country or another, jurisdiction is fundamentally important.

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Hair Strand Testing for Cocaine

Emily James and Kate Tompkins, barristers of 36 Family, consider a new judgment in which Sir Peter Jackson affirmed, and offered guidance on, current testing arrangements.

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When is a financial agreement between a separating couple binding?

In the case of Briers v Briers [2017] EWCA Civ 15, Mrs Briers (W) issued financial remedy proceedings 11 years after she separated from Mr Briers (H), and eight years after H alleged they had reached a concluded agreement settling their financial affairs.

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Divorce and children – is shared care a right or responsibility?

‘I know my rights’ – With that statement a family lawyer will naturally turn to s 2A of the Children Act 1989 and the presumption of parental involvement.

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Finance and Divorce Update October 2017

Naomi Shelton, Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP, analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during September 2017.

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Revised Practice Direction 12J - Child Arrangements and Contact Orders: Domestic Abuse and Harm

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has issued a revised Practice Direction 12J of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 which came into force on 2 October 2017.

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Evidence of sexual abuse in children proceedings (Pt 3)

Privilege and professional practice.

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Family: Undertakings and variations

While the Supreme Court’s decision in Birch v Birch [2017] UKSC 53 is ostensibly about the court’s power to vary undertakings, it provides useful broader guidance on the variation of family orders generally.

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Children: Private Law Update (September 2017)

Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.

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