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  1. The Pitfalls of Living and Divorcing abroad

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    Article by Joanne Major Where a couple decide to live abroad, separation and divorce are probably the last things on their minds.  However they are an important consideration for the following reasons:- • If neither party was born in England but one spouse wishes to file for divorce in the English courts, that spouse must live in England for at least one year prior to petitioning for divorce • A party who was born in England can petition for divorce in the English courts but they must live in England for at least 6 months prior to petitioning for divorce These “waiting periods” are likely to cause frustration to a spouse who has relocated or returned to the UK from abroad and wishes to petition for divorce as soon as possible after separation from their...
  2. Getting Married Abroad? Mistakes to Avoid!

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    Article by Joanne Major It might soon be possible to get married on an EasyJet flight out of Newcastle, which would certainly bring a new meaning to walking down the aisle! If you can resist the romance of saying “I do” in seat 17G and can manage to wait until you get off the plane then you’ll be like many couples choosing to marry abroad. The attractions are many, from more predictable weather and avoiding the in-laws to taking advantage of lower costs and combining the ceremony with the honeymoon. But beware, it may not be entirely happily ever after.    Make sure your marriage will be recognised in your own country The validity of your marriage abroad and whether...
  3. Can you Afford for your Child to take an Internship?

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    Article  by Christopher Head Finishing university does not necessarily  result in the end of  your child  being supported by the family. With the employment market being highly competitive, many graduates and school leavers are gaining work experience via the ‘internship’ route.  A friend was adding up the cost to her of her daughter’s internship. It was costly! In the first instance her daughter required  suitable clothes to wear as in intern in  a city law firm ( a dash to Primark and a few alterations and new buttons did the trick), but  there was the cost of her daily commute into town, money for coffees, lunches, and the impact to her own  day as she ferried her daughter to and from the local train station. While on...
  4. Should you sign a pre-nup?

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    Article by Franklin Price “MARRY ME, NOT MY MONEY”- SHOULD YOU CONSIDER A PRE-NUP? When marrying (or re-marrying) later in life, there are many aspects to consider, including the signing of a pre-nup. Growing tendency for judges to take pre-nuptial agreements into account in divorce The long awaited judgment in the Radmacher v. Granatino appeal was finally delivered by the Supreme Court on 20 October 2010, upholding the 2009 Court of Appeal decision that the pre-nuptial agreement entered into by heiress Katrin Radmacher and her husband Nicolas Granatino on their marriage was binding on the husband.   However, despite this decision, pre-nuptial agreements are still not enshrined in English statute, unlike in most of the other European Union countries.  Nevertheless, there has been a growing tendency in recent...
  5. Divorce and Self-Help- Determining Assets

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    Article by Sarah Pennells A ruling by the Court of Appeal says that divorcing couples can’t help themselves to each other’s financial documents without their knowledge. What does it mean if you’re going through a breakup? If you’ve never been through a divorce or your divorce was completely amicable then the idea of one partner snooping round the computer or filing cabinet of another might seem rather odd, but ‘self help’, as it’s called, happens in many cases in England and Wales (although it’s not something that has been allowed in the same way in Scottish divorces). It’s been something of a grey area legally, but up until this court case, the general view has been that couples could take copies of documents from desk drawers or filing cabinets (except when they’ve been locked) or from...
  6. Mediation and Divorce

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       Article by Jackie Walker    For many of the women over 50 who find themselves in separation or divorce situations, the majority will have been in their relationship for many a year.  It used to be that women weren’t as savvy as their partners in matters financial; the unlikelihood of earning a living which would keep them in a lifestyle they’d grown accustomed to was often a good reason for them to avoid divorce by staying in a less than comfortable relationship. By and large those days have to a greater extent gone and women have armed themselves with knowledge, expertise and earning power.  Women have retained the upper hand in the realms of looking after others and putting themselves last on the...
  7. Age Discrimination in the Workplace-Know Your Rights

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    Article by Elizabeth Stephenson The Problem Age discrimination, especially against women, is everywhere these days. Or in the news at least, which may suggest there is a lot of it going around. Since she succeeded in her Tribunal claim that she had been discriminated against because of her age, the BBC has apologised for its treatment of Miriam O’Reilly. This highlights further issues that were brought to the fore in relation to Arlene Philips being axed from Strictly Come Dancing.  But what about “women of a certain age” in everyday life? And come to think of it, who ever hears that expression said about men?  Does their age matter less than ours does?  In these times where we are all expected to be working longer hours and later in life many...
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