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Protect yourself with a pre-nuptial agreement

By |March 26th, 2018|

I was listening to the Graham Norton show on Radio 2 at the weekend and someone had written in wanting advice on how to protect her assets. This woman had a bad experience in her previous relationship with her former partner running up debts and now she was in a good financial position and didn't [...]

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Coercive control

By |March 23rd, 2018|

Woman's Hour is dedicating next Tuesday's programme on Radio 4 to the offence of controlling or coercive behaviour so if this is something you are concerned about, it should be very helpful. We are also able to offer expert advice on this subject so please do contact one of our specialist family lawyers at our [...]

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Fail to comply with a divorce financial settlement at your own risk

By |March 22nd, 2018|

When ending a marriage, or civil partnership, one of the most difficult aspects of that process is dividing the financial wealth accrued during the relationship. When you divide that wealth, it is strongly advised to obtain a financial order from the family court to make any distribution of this wealth legally binding. So, what are [...]

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The importance of budgets in divorce

By |March 22nd, 2018|

One of the key documents for divorcing couples to complete is a budget of their projected living expenses. 'Needs' is often a significant determining principle in the vast majority of  cases. A thorough and comprehensive list of household outgoings is usually essential when discussing a financial settlement between divorcing parties.   For more information please [...]

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Adultery is not conduct

By |March 16th, 2018|

It seems very unfair and is a bitter pill to swallow but adultery is not conduct that should be taken into consideration in a financial settlement as part of divorce proceedings. The Matrimonial Causes Act (1973) provides that the court should have regard to the conduct of each of the parties, if that conduct is [...]

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Domestic abuse -controlling or coercive behaviour

By |March 13th, 2018|

There has been growing media coverage on issues surrounding domestic abuse in recent years. This has helped the public understand what domestic abuse is, how to identify it and understand what protection is available to make it stop. The definition of domestic abuse as published by the Government is: - "Any incident or pattern of [...]

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Victoria Francis joins Turner Nicholson

By |March 12th, 2018|

We are delighted to welcome Victoria Francis as a Partner to the firm. Victoria joins us from top-ranked City firm Charles Russell Speechlys. With her breadth of experience and excellent reputation it is the perfect fit.

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Client satisfaction

By |March 9th, 2018|

I recently received a thank you card and gift from a lovely client I acted for based in Oxford and they are a client I will miss acting for but I am pleased that after a difficult separation, they managed to reach a settlement by agreement.

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Advising a client …

By |March 9th, 2018|

It may seem obvious but along with being a good communicator, having good analytical and people skills, being supportive, thinking commercially, one of the key roles of being a family lawyer (and indeed any lawyer) is advising your client but clients don't always take your advice. That is their prerogative but what can be harder to manage [...]

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The Family Drug and Alcohol Court

By |September 22nd, 2016|

Judge Nicholas Crichton was on the Today programme this morning talking about the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (“FDAC”).  I heard Judge Crichton talk on this subject at the Oxford Resolution Dinner, held at the Ashmolean in Oxford about five years ago.  He was absolutely inspirational and had the majority of the family lawyers present [...]

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