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  High Maintenance: Couples Play Catch-Up with Divorce Courts  

Divorce does not necessarily have to mean discord. It’s a view which seems to contradict the perception – fuelled, in part, by media coverage of certain combustible splits – that the end of a marriage is always accompanied by conflict. Nevertheless, the vast majority of divorces handled by myself and my colleagues at Hall Brown […]

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  The North-South Divorce Divide  

Over the last couple of years, both before and since the EU referendum vote in June 2016, there has been much talk about the shape of the UK’s ‘divorce’ from its European partners. On many levels, the process by which London unpicks its sovereignty and legal framework from Brussels is not necessarily equivalent to that […]

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  Legal Aid and Abandonment: Grounds for Divorce  

You might be forgiven for thinking that because every single divorce in England and Wales over the last four decades has been governed by the same piece of legislation that the process is rather prescriptive. In reality, it is anything but. Apart from the fact that each divorce must abide by two central principles – […]

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  Undertakings Undermined: The Supreme Court, Children and “Clean Breaks”  

One common feature of divorce is how often spouses whose marriages have ended talk about being determined to make the most of the opportunity for a fresh start in life. Of course, that can be easier said than done on many different levels. More than the administration is the emotion, much of which may well […]

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  The Home Front: Election Promises and the Family  

By the end of this week, party political paraphernalia will be packed away again at the end of another General Election campaign. Only a month ago, the result seemed something of a foregone conclusion as Theresa May’s leading the Conservatives to a double-digit opinion poll lead but that has since reportedly shrunk back to only […]

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  Divorce, Brexit and The Fruits of One Husband’s Labours  

I would like to ask you, dear reader, to take a second or two and consider how society and your own circumstances have changed over the course of the last quarter century. In the space of 25 years, we have seen the number of divorces in England and Wales reach an all-time high, only to […]

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  Practice Makes Perfect for University of Law Graduates  

Many a student will, at times, question the relevance of work undertaken at school and university once they have left and head for what is sometimes referred to as ‘the real world’. There are, of course, some jobs for which all those hours spent listening eagerly in lectures, buried in textbooks and swotting for exams […]

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  Spousal Maintenance and an Income Role Reversal  

The idea of paying a former spouse maintenance following a divorce is certainly not a new concept. Many men, in particular, expect and even accept that they will be asked to support their ex-wife after breaking up, especially if those husbands are in a financially stronger position than the women concerned. They also understand that […]

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  Hall Brown Hat-Trick  

We at Hall Brown are fast approaching the completion of what has been a dramatic, successful and richly satisfying first year in business. In addition to the challenges and effort required to get a new firm off the ground, we have been fortunate to enjoy many high points. The latest has arrived in the form […]

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  Learning from Experience  

No matter how amicable the process is, there are few individuals who ever say that they enjoy divorcing. The end of a relationship which, in some cases, might have lasted decades can cause distress, even though the marriage which preceded it may have involved tensions which proved impossible to overcome. When there are children, that […]

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