Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Sharp increase in the number of children parentally abducted

Latest figures released by reunite International Child Abduction Centre reveal a 47 per cent increase in the number of child abduction cases reported to their advice line. The figures show that in 2011 reunite handled 512 new abduction cases. This was made up of 479 children abducted out of the UK, 189 children abducted into… Read more »

Accepting a new friend on Facebook?

If you have lost contact with someone – for example an estranged spouse – and you want to get divorced, sell a house or obtain a passport for a child, what can you do? Historically you have had to do everything within your powers to try to trace the person, such as bailiffs, relatives, friends… Read more »

Law Commission: Bringing clarity to financial provision

The Law Commission has announced a targeted review of two key aspects of the law that enable married couples and civil partners to claim financial provision from one another on divorce or dissolution of their partnership. Disputes over finances and property between separating spouses or civil partners can lead to misery and expense. Although many… Read more »

Equal rights for parents

There has been considerable publicity over the years regarding the issue of equal rights for parents. The publicity has sometimes been comical – with fancy dress characters in strange places but despite the amusing nature of some of the stunts, the issue itself is one of the utmost seriousness. The issue of legal rights, or… Read more »

Married or not. Does it matter?

Rumours in the media are that Angelina Jolie is pregnant again – if true this would be a fourth biological child for her and Brad Pitt and a seventh child into their family. The reports vary as to whether the couple are married or not. But does that matter as they have lived together for… Read more »

Child support – where next?

The government has recently attempted to bring in changes to the Child Support System whereby parents would have to pay a fee to use the services of the Child Support Agency (CSA) to recover maintenance outstanding for children. Until now, this has been free but it has to be said that the CSA has had… Read more »

Lucky man – a much younger partner and a marriage abroad

You may have seen recently that Bryan Ferry has married for the second time – to a much younger lady some 36 years his junior. Lucky man, you may say? However, whilst Mr Ferry has a history of successful relationships with younger partners (another of his partners was 35 years younger), many others do not…. Read more »

Plan now to save up to 40% more of death benefits

If you have death in service benefits through your employment or death benefits through your pension, you will probably have completed a nomination form to direct the money to your spouse or partner. These funds will be paid directly to the nominated beneficiary and are therefore never part of your estate and so not liable… Read more »