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Pets and Divorce – Who keeps the family pet?

November 20, 2017

In this blog, Family Law in Partnership associate Carla Ditz explores “Who keeps the family pet?” when relationships break down. For many couples pets are an integral part of family life. But when relationships break down, it is not uncommon for arguments to arise about who gets to keep the family pet. So how do

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The recognition of same-sex marriages abroad

November 15, 2017

As of October 2017, same-sex marriage has been legalised in 25 countries across the world. The issue of same-sex unions has always been inherently controversial with political, religious and societal views often at odds with one another. But, more and more, equal rights and anti-discriminatory laws prevail and progressive societies worldwide have welcomed change. The

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Divorce falls by 9.1% – the latest divorce statistics from the ONS

July 4, 2017

In June 2017, the Office of National Statistics published the latest statistics for the number of divorces, dissolutions and annulments of marriage in 2015. Whilst the divorce rate has fallen by 9.1% since the previous year, the numbers once again reveal a growing trend, namely an increase in the number of cohabiting couples and a

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Sharp v Sharp: Short marriages & the changing landscape of the law – a departure from the principle of sharing

June 22, 2017

Sharp v Sharp is an important case on the principles to be applied when dividing assets between parties on divorce. In this blog, Family Law in Partnership associate Carla Ditz looks at the recent Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Sharp v Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408. The case concerned a departure by the

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Mediation matters in family disputes

April 12, 2016

Carla Ditz, an associate at Family Law in Partnership, looks at the current perceptions of mediation and why it remains largely unrecognised and perhaps underappreciated by couples as a means to resolve disputes. On 11 January 2016 the Family Mediators Association (FMA) marked the start of Family Mediation Week. The drive behind this event was

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