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When thinking of baby names, the surname matters too

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This article first appeared in The Times . News of the Duchess of Sussex’s pregnancy has raised a debate on the potential title and surname of the impending addition to the royal household. It is barely more than 100 years since George V decided...

Surrogacy guidance published for parents, surrogates and health professionals

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The Department of Health and Social care has just published two very useful guidance notes for surrogates and intended parents. The note identifies the financial considerations which both the intended parents and the surrogate need to bear in...

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory; an object lesson in how to get litigation wrong

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When considering whether to embark on litigation two of the fundamental elements of the claim which need to be identified are, what is the breach and what is or are the available remedies? While at first glance identifying these elements may appear to be a...

Sharland and Gohil: a right to a full and fair hearing

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Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil have won their appeals to the Supreme Court and have been permitted to have the final orders determining their financial applications against their ex-husbands set aside due to non-disclosure. The decisions have already been...

Surrogacy Law - in the UK and abroad

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Surrogacy has become increasingly common in recent years and though it is hard to establish statistics there are reportedly 1,500 children born to UK parents in overseas jurisdictions each year. If a surrogate receives compensation beyond reimbursement of...

Wyatt v Vince: It's not over

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Kathleen Wyatt was recently successful in her case to take her former husband, wind farm entrepreneur Dale Vince, to court despite not lodging a claim until nearly 20 years after their divorce. The decision in this case has been headline news since the...

Making a profit out of justice? The latest increase in court fees

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Substantial increases to court fees were introduced on 9 March 2015. These replace the previous fee system, with fees now calculated at 5% of the value of claims between £10,000 and £200,000. Where the claim is for a sum of over £200,000,...

Transnational parenting and the consequences

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Under English law no one is permitted to take a child out of the jurisdiction of England and Wales (which, for the moment at least, includes Scotland) without the permission of all those with parental responsibility, because doing so would be child...

For richer and forever: the marital contract and spousal maintenance

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Spousal maintenance is one of the most contentious issues between divorcing couples. How much; for how long; and what is it supposed to cover? It is, therefore, perhaps surprising that consideration of why the liability for spousal maintenance arises in the...

When is it really over? Striking out financial remedy applications in the Family Court

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The current position in the Family Court is that there is no limitation period preventing an ex-spouse from making a claim for financial remedy years, and even decades, following divorce. This can deprive parties of financial certainty, impacting on life...