Waggott in practice: O’Dwyer v O’Dwyer [2019] EWHC 1838 (Fam)

Mr Justice Francis recently gave judgment in O’Dwyer v O’Dwyer [2019] EWHC 1838 (Fam), an appeal against an order made by HHJ O’Dwyer at the Central Family Court following a Final Hearing in financial remedies proceedings held in July and November 2017.

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The Pension Advisory Group’s final report: reviewing a paradigm shift in pensions practice

Matthew Richardson, barrister of Coram Chambers, offers an introduction and overview of a report set to change the future of financial remedies practice significantly.

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Section 9(6B) of the Children Act 1989 – what is its purpose?

Sophie Crampton, barrister of 4 Brick Court, considers what purpose the provision might serve in determining care proceedings.

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Sharing of post-separation earnings: Francis J says 'I’m not lovin’ it'

Should there have been any doubt remaining, Mr Justice Francis confirmed in O’Dwyer v O’Dwyer [2019] EWHC 1838 (Fam) that post-separation earning are not a matrimonial asset capable of being shared.

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The many plusses of the Separated Parents Information Programme

As the largest provider of family mediation in England and Wales, it goes without saying NFM delivers … well, family mediation. But I want to take the opportunity to outline another important area of our work – delivery of the Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP).

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Key recommendations in the Pension Advisory Group report

Hilary Woodward, honorary research associate at Cardiff School of Law and Politics and project lead for the Pension Advisory Group, and Debora Price, professor of social gerontology at the University of Manchester and Pension Advisory Group member, explain the key issues identified by the group in its guide to the treatment of pensions on divorce, and summarise the main recommendations and what steps practitioners should take to ensure that pensions are dealt with consistently.

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Special Guardianship Orders and Overseas Placements

Maria Wright, PhD Candidate at the University of Bristol, and solicitor, highlights some of the challenges associated with placing children under SGOs overseas and asks whether such placements warrant a distinct form of legal framework tailored to meet their specific needs.

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Costs Orders and Experts

Nisha Bambhra, barrister at Garden Court Chambers, considers the implications for expert witnesses who fail to comply with court orders.

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Regretful spending decisions: millionaire divorcee to serve as a lesson?

While family lawyers now frequently deal with cases arising on the separation of unmarried families, the jurisdictional basis for such proceedings falls to be considered less often and arises in a legal framework which may be unfamiliar to family lawyers. The recent decision in Gray v Hurley provides assistance on some of the issues which may arise in such cases.

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No fault divorce: serving the interests of respondents

David Hodson says that whilst very welcome, the draft legislation itself is very poor.

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Financial Remedy & Divorce Update, July 2019

Sue Brookes, Principal Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during June 2019.

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