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You can read about our Divorce and Civil Partnerships blogs below.

The Make or Break Summer Holiday!

Martha Koumbas
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At Chapman Pieri Solicitors we have seen a pattern emerging of an increase in new divorce enquiries in the month of September once the kids have gone back to school. We have found that generally, there is a decrease in the amount of divorce enquiries that we...

How Quickie is your Divorce?

Rene Panayiotou
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A couple of weeks ago Ryan Griggs was granted a divorce from his wife Michelle. The press described it as a “quickie divorce” but what does this mean in reality? The description leaves you with the impression that because Ryan Giggs is a...

Do You Think I'm Special?

Marion Foley
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The breaking news that Roman Abramovich is to divorce his wife Dasha Zhukova after ten years together will inevitably resurrect discussions about whether or not a spouse is entitled to more than half of the marital assets because of the special financial...

Do I Still Need A Solicitor For My Divorce?

Marion Foley
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With an increasing number of divorcing couples going down the DIY route, the Court Services has introduced new and more user-friendly forms for petitioners to complete.   Does this mean the end to using solicitors in divorce cases ?   The answer...

Would You Employ a Marriage Spy?

Peter Vassila
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Chinese citizens can pay an agency to sabotage their spouse’s extra-marital affair. The agency, known as Weiqing employs agents known as “mistress hunters” to target people who are seeing someone who is already married and gain their...

Who Gets The Dog? - Pets and Relationship Breakdown

Karen Chapman
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  We are beyond doubt a nation of animal lovers.   More than half of British households are said to keep at least one pet but what happens when you realise that although your love for your beloved pet is forever, your love for each other is...

The Practicalities Of An Online Divorce

Rene Panayiotou
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In a recent article published by the Guardian, one of the most senior family Judges in England and Wales, Sir James Munby proposed that the divorce process should become an online process to avoid the administrative delay of processing divorce applications...

Cross-examination of victims of domestic abuse

Peter Vassila
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A High Court Judge has called for a change in the law that currently allows alleged domestic abusers to cross-examine their victims during civil proceedings.  Justice Hayden said that he would refuse to hear any future cases where this is allowed to...

Adultery and Divorce Proceedings

Rene Panayiotou
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In the jurisdiction of England and Wales, there is only one ground for divorce, the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. If you are petitioning for divorce, you must rely on one of five possible facts to prove the irretrievable breakdown, one being...

Civil Partnerships For Everyone?

Peter Vassila
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A recent survey of 2,000 British people found that 57% thought that civil partnerships should be made available to all couples - both mixed-sex and same-sex. Currently civil partnerships are only available for same-sex couples which would appear to...

Beware! The Remarriage Trap!

Rene Panayiotou
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If you ever decide to tie the knot again after a divorce, you may really be putting the past behind you. Respondent parties who have not filed a cross-petition in divorce proceedings should beware of the “Remarriage Trap”. Broadly, unless the...

15 Tips To Avoid A Messy Separation Or Divorce

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INTRODUCTION No matter how you cut it divorce or separation is painful.  Whether you are male, female, young or old, the one who is leaving or the one who has left. Relationship breakdown is right up at the top of the list of stressful life...

'No Fault Divorce' Bill Has Second Reading

Martha Koumbas
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A ‘no fault’ divorce bill had its second reading in Parliament on the 4th December 2015. The bill was introduced on 13th October 2015 by Conservative MP Richard Bacon. Under current law, “one can get divorced in just five months”,...

Increasing Divorce Fee

Martha Koumbas
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In line with Michael Gove’s vision of creating a modernised, leaner and more efficient court and tribunals service, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed the Government’s intention of increasing the fee for issuing divorce proceedings from the...

The Changing Divorce Process

Martha Koumbas
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In order to streamline the Family Court service, HM Courts and Tribunals Service have taken the decision to create 11 divorce centres within England and Wales.  Some divorce centres are already operational and the transfer of work is being phased with...

To Date Or Not To Date... That Is The Question

Martha Koumbas
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It is only natural that when one relationship ends, another one begins. But when it comes to divorce, when is the right time to start dating? To put it frankly, if you are thinking of embarking upon a new relationship before your divorce is finalised then...

Government's Plans To Increase Divorce Fees Abandoned

Martha Koumbas
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On the 6th of March this year, we wrote about the government’s plans to increase the fee for filing a divorce petition with the Court to £750 which is over 1 ½ times more than the current fee of £410. Currently, an uncontested...

Marriage Makes Men Fat, Research Suggests

Martha Koumbas
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A study conducted by Leeds Metropolitan University has revealed that men ‘let themselves go’ and pile on the pounds after marriage. The study revealed that married men develop more of a sweet tooth and find themselves eating more cakes, buns and...

Same Sex Couples Will Be Able To Convert Civil Partnerships To Marriage

Martha Koumbas
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As from 10th December 2014, same sex couples already in a civil partnership will be able to convert their civil partnership to a civil marriage. They will be able to do so by attending a Registry Office and signing a declaration that they now wish to be...

Forced Marriage Is Now A Criminal Offence

Martha Koumbas
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Forced marriage is now a criminal offence punishable by up to seven years imprisonment. It is estimated that approximately 8,000 women a year are victims of forced marriage. Under Part 10, Section 121 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act...

Today We Wave Farewell To The Statement Of Arrangements For Children Form

Martha Koumbas
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Today is the day on which a number of changes to family law will come into force. One of those changes is that Section 41 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 is now repealed. What does this actually mean? Under Section 41 of the Matrimonial Causes Act...

What Is 'Conscious Uncoupling'?

Martha Koumbas
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Gwyneth Paltrow announced on her lifestyle website Goop last week that after over 10 years of marriage to Coldplay singer Chris Martin, they have made the decision to go their separate ways. She posted the following: “It is with hearts full of...

Same Sex Marriage - Same Sex Couples Are Now Able To Register For Marriage

Martha Koumbas
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As from the 13th of March 2014, same sex couples wishing to marry from the 29th of March 2014 can now register to do so. Overseas same sex marriages are now also legally recognised. Couples can only marry 16 days after giving notice of their intention to...

Divorce Fees

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Currently, there is a fee of £410 to pay when filing a divorce petition with the Court. If the government’s plans come into effect, this fee will be raised to a staggering £750. The government’s plans have been published in the...

Relationship counselling can save relationships, new research suggests

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A research report published by the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in January 2014 suggests that relationship counselling can save relationships. The study was based on the following relationship intervention methods: 1. Marriage Preparation; a...

Same Sex Marriage - An Update

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The law took a significant leap in the right direction in July 2013 when the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was passed. As from the 29th of March 2014, same sex couples will have the right to marry. This month will go down in history as the month in which...