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Arbitration: an option for Children Arrangements

Arbitration: an option for Children Arrangements

The proponents of arbitration emphasise the privacy that it brings (particularly for clients in whom the media may be interested); the fact that if desired, the couple can select their arbitrator and the location of the arbitration hearing; and that on the day they can be guaranteed a prompt start without the Judge being occupied with other matters. The location (usually a solicitor’s office or barrister’s chambers) is generally an improvement on court waiting rooms.

Untangling Assets on Divorce

Untangling Assets on Divorce

Divorce can be bewildering for clients. Should they try and sort things out with their partner? Or should they go to mediation or would going to court likely mean a better result? This is a massive decision and the needs of each client can vary dramatically.

Protecting Wealth Passed to Children

Protecting Wealth Passed to Children

When making a gift to your adult son or daughter it is important to understand that, if their relationship were to subsequently break down, that gift can become the property of their Partner, whether they are married or not. How can such gifts be best protected?

Agreeing Holiday Arrangements for your Children when Separated

Agreeing Holiday Arrangements for your Children when Separated

One of the issues that often comes in to play is what happens to a pre-existing visit or care pattern? If a child spends every other weekend and one night each week with one parent in term time, does that carry on during the school holidays? It may be clear that it needs to be suspended when one or other parent takes the child away on an actual holiday, but what about those weeks in between when little Johnny is at a holiday club or Grandma comes to stay to help out?

Court’s Approach to Spousal Maintenance Orders

Court’s Approach to Spousal Maintenance Orders

There are various financial claims that can be brought by the parties under the umbrella of divorce proceedings, one of which is spousal maintenance. Where there is an ongoing entitlement to maintenance post divorce, the question arises should this be a joint lives order (i.e. until one of them dies) or should there be a cut-off point in the future? If so why and when?

Rights of Grandparents on Separation

Rights of Grandparents on Separation

It can be easy to forget that the change the immediate family unit are going through is also being experienced by grandparents. With children often spending their time with one parent at a time after divorce, precious time with their grandparents can be squeezed, leaving everybody feeling like they are missing out.

What to expect from a First Children Appointment

What to expect from a First Children Appointment

In the Cambridge Hearing Centre, there is often a volunteer mediator available for the first Children Hearing who will speak to you and the other parent ideally in the same room, without any solicitors, to see if an agreement can be reached. If the Judge or magistrates suggest this, it will be because they believe you will both be safe in that conversation and that it may be productive. This service is free.

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