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Broken engagements – How can I get back what I spent on the wedding?

December 3, 2018

At Family Law in Partnership we appreciate that as family lawyers, mediators and family consultants we meet, to a large extent, a self-selecting group of people. But the number approaching us with tales of woe about their broken engagements is alarming. The result is not only the anguish and upset of a broken engagement but also a potentially unpleasant

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What makes relationships thrive?

September 25, 2018

Each relationship is different. When individuals come together as a couple, there are any number of factors which will determine and influence the success of that relationship. Personal experiences of our parents’ relationships, how we communicate with our partners, how we treat them and how we are treated in turn, how we deal with disagreements

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Director James Pirrie consulted on amendments to Child Support Regulations

September 13, 2018

Family Law in Partnership director James Pirrie has been consulted by ministers regarding forthcoming amendments to the Child Support Regulations. James is an acknowledged expert in the law relating to child support with a commentator noting that he is “undoubtedly this country’s expert on child support”. He appeared before the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee

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Owens v Owens – unreasonable behaviour and divorce

July 25, 2018

In this blog on the eagerly awaited Supreme Court judgment in the case of Owens v Owens, Family Law in Partnership director James Pirrie examines the case itself and the wider implications of the judgment. When marriages end spouses focus on their family and, more often than not, their finances. Along the way they will

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Family Law in Partnership named leading family lawyers by Chambers HNW 2018

July 24, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Family Law in Partnership has yet again been named as a leading family law firm for HNW individuals by Chambers HNW. The publication of Chambers HNW 2018 saw Family Law in Partnership ranked as a leading family law firm with five of our lawyers –  David Allison, Gillian Bishop, Ann Northover, Pamela

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Pending change in child support calculations – Assets return to generate a notional income

July 16, 2018

In this article James Pirrie, a director at Family Law in Partnership and a specialist in issues relating to child maintenance, examines the Government’s response to its earlier consultation paper “Child Maintenance: A New Compliance and Arrears Strategy” published on 14th December 2017. On 12th July 2018 the Government responded to its earlier consultation paper

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Practical Law to feature Christmas Order drafted by James Pirrie

June 29, 2018

Family Law in Partnership director James Pirrie’s Christmas Order is to feature in the Thomson Reuters Practical Law Family suite of precedents. The Christmas Order drafted by James Pirrie is a means of avoiding a child maintenance order being superceded by a Child Maintenance Scheme assessment. Family Law in Partnership director James Pirrie is very well

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Director James Pirrie co-author of First Directions Appointments Guidance Note

March 28, 2018

We are delighted to announce that director James Pirrie of Family Law in Partnership has written, along with Andrew Newbury, Resolution’s Guidance Note on First Directions Appointments. As Resolution comments, this Guidance Note provides “everything that you need to know in the run up to a First Directions Appointment”. The guide is an important tool

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Support for older children when parents divorce

November 1, 2017

In this blog Family Law in Partnership director James Pirrie examines the issues which older children can face when their parents divorce. Children and the legal system Perhaps 10% of divorcing couples become stuck over arrangements for their minor children, often moving towards mediation or the increasingly over-stretched courts to find their solutions. Specialist family lawyers,

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The Child Maintenance Service – A third generation scheme?

August 22, 2017

In this blog director James Pirrie, a specialist in the operation of the Child Maintenance Service, examines the development of the current system of payments for the children of separating parents. Our current child support scheme is a third epoch in a history that stretches back to April 1993, when our administrative system went live.

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