Further to our blog on the dangers of sharing technology in a marriage, spouses should be equally careful when posting on social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter. Copies of these posts can be used in court as evidence, whether to confirm adultery, to prove a certain standard of living, or otherwise. For example, statuses or pictures... Read More
If you hold assets in different countries, you need to make sure your estate planning caters for the different succession laws in those countries, and does not cause a jurisdiction contest between them. For example if you have assets in Switzerland, and you have prepared a will in both the UK and Switzerland, you need to make it clear which will... Read More
We’re often told that had Cleopatra’s nose been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have changed, but very few people have considered what might have occurred had Cleopatra had a better lawyer.
The Roman world, like our own, was centred around the family. The changing legal circumstances of several high profile families – including... Read More
On Tuesday 25th November 2014 Public Health England (PHE) begins its 16 Days of Action campaign. As part of this initiative PHE has developed, in conjunction with the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence (CAADV) a ‘toolkit’ for businesses to help spot employees who may be suffering from domestic abuse in silence. The 16... Read More
A lesbian couple have managed to circumvent Russia’s anti-gay laws and have married – because one of them is officially still a man. Exploiting the fact that a couple is allowed to marry as long as they are each of the opposite sex on paper, the two women have wed despite one of them being born male. Irina Shumilova and... Read More
The care home fees cap of £72,000 is set to be introduced in 2016. What is this amazing generosity by the government? Does this mean that we no longer have to worry about selling our homes to pay for care fees? Is this simply a political sop to middle class voters as the Conservatives look to bolster their election chances next year?
The truth is... Read More
Following on from news of the ‘Family Test’ being unveiled, the Department for Work and Pensions has another trick up its sleeve. Subject to parliamentary approval, the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) and the Child Support Agency (CSA) plan to share information from the payment records of defaulting parents with credit reference agencies. This... Read More
Once again, the increasing complexity of modern relationships has been exemplified within the arena of family law. Three reports, which have been released as redacted versions of earlier judgments by Mr Justice Cobb in order to protect the parties’ identities, reveal details of a case that has been ongoing for six years: A & B... Read More
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been appropriately hard at work. It has now unveiled its ‘Family Test’, a checklist of considerations that must be referred to when formulating any new laws or policies. Prime Minister David Cameron promised back in August that these measures would be introduced, and they have now... Read More
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