Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP)

Separated Parents Information Programme- What is it and do I have to attend? The Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP) is a course which helps you understand how to put your children first whilst you are separating, even though you may be in dispute with your child’s other parent. The programme is designed to help separated…

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Beware-the remarriage trap

The Remarriage Trap The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 sets out the rights of a spouse to seek a share of the matrimonial assets and maintenance. Buried deep within this legislation is the ‘remarriage trap’. Put simply, if you divorce and then remarry without first having made a claim for a financial order in the divorce…

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Claims on behalf of children

A child is any person under the age of 18. In civil proceedings, a child must have a litigation friend to conduct the court proceedings on their behalf, unless the Court otherwise directs. Often the child’s parent will act as a litigation friend although this does not have to be the case. The litigation friend…

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Grant of Probate

APPLYING FOR A GRANT OF PROBATE When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know what to do in respect of dealing with the deceased’s property, money and possessions. If the deceased left a valid Will the Executor named in the Will can apply for a ‘Grant of Probate’; if there was no…

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Void and voidable marriages

Void and voidable marriages When are nullity decrees (annulments) important? When a party may not wish to divorce due to religious reasons; Where divorce is not possible as the marriage was void. However, a party may wish to have a decree of nullity if they wish to claim some financial relief from the other party…

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