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Sultan Lloyd Family & Immigration Solicitors Blog & News

Welcome to Sultan Lloyd Solicitors' latest news section. This section provides you with the latest news and developments in the field of Immigration Law, Family Law and Human Rights and Asylum Law. Also, you can download our newsletter bulletin from the sub-menu on the right hand side of this page. It keeps you up to date with the latest legal news and developments throughout the UK.
Christine Rawsthorne

"Will I Still Get to Live With You" - Understanding Arrangements for Children After Divorce

Ending a marriage takes on a whole new dimension of grief and guilt when children are involved.  The more informed parents are as to their options around arrangements for their children, the better prepared they will be to support them through what can be a traumatic time, no matter how amicable the parting of ways is.

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Parental Responsibility - The Essential Facts Fathers Need to Know

 For some time, the Family Court in the UK has been considered ‘wife-friendly’ when it comes to handling divorces.  So much so that in 2011, legal firms started whispering about the divorce 'race', where high-net-worth couples who wanted to end their marriages vied with each other to begin divorce proceedings in the EU country they felt would give him or her the best settlement.  British men it seems, are more likely than ever before to file for divorce overseas rather than risk having to make a large settlement in English courts.

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Report into Impact of Family Migration Thresholds

The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford has recently published the results of an investigation into how the minimum income requirements for non-EEA family members in the UK are affecting British citizens working as employees in the UK.

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Divorce Month: Why Do Divorces Increase in January?

A study has found that the number of divorce enquiries made in January is 27% higher than the average number seen in the UK throughout the rest of the year. Indeed, many media outlets call the first working day in January "D-day" due to the high number of divorce enquiries made.

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UK Losing Skilled International Students and Skilled Workers to Other Countries

A new report has shown that the UK is losing out on a huge number of skilled students and skilled workers to more “immigration friendly” nations, which in turn, is damaging the UK economy.

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Christine Rawsthorne

Protecting your business assets during divorce

Successful business owners will more often than not have sacrificed a great deal in terms of their personal lives, time and money to build up their empire. The prospect of losing a sizeable portion of their fortune as a result of divorce proceedings is a scary thought.

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Christine Rawsthorne

Fraud and Financial Proceedings within Divorce

In the news last week there was a judgment which was described as a “landmark” whereby two women, namely Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil were told by the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, that they could seek larger payouts from their ex husbands because they had not fully disclosed their assets at the time the original financial orders were made.

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Christine Rawsthorne

Who should pay the bills if we separate?

When one household splits in two there are always going to be financial implications in that there will be two sets of bills and two sets of mortgages or rent which all need to be paid from the same amount of income that previously serviced just one home.

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Getting UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visas Just Got Harder!

Entering the United Kingdom under a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa – for businessmen from outwith the EU looking for investment opportunities whether starting or buying a UK business - has become more difficult.
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Christine Rawsthorne

Is it adultery if we’ve already separated?

Many people believe that once they have separated from their spouse they are within their rights to do whatever they like in terms of their personal lives. However, even after you have separated you are still legally married until such time as there has been a final divorce (known as a Decree Absolute). What this means is that if you start a physical relationship with another person after you have separated but before there has been a divorce then you are committing adultery in the eyes of the law.

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Christine Rawsthorne

Can I make a claim against property located abroad in divorce proceedings?

When a couple’s finances come to be divided as part of divorce proceedings then each party must disclose to the other details of all the property, land and buildings that they have an interest in. This includes property, land and buildings located abroad. Sometimes people believe that because they have say, a holiday home in Spain or land in Pakistan, that property is outside of the jurisdiction of the Courts of this country and it cannot be touched by their estranged spouse.

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Christine Rawsthorne

What can I do about revenge porn?

In a world where technology is moving at a faster pace than ever before, we have a legal system that is struggling to keep up with the quite recent phenomenon of what is widely referred to as revenge porn. The most common complaints come from one person (the victim) who was in a relationship with another (the perpetrator) and the victim originally shared explicit images with them because they trusted them and never dreamed that the images would go any further. When the relationship comes to an end the perpetrator might feel aggrieved and take his or her revenge by sharing those images with the rest of the world.
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Passing on British citizenship to children: can it be done?

A common concern for British citizens who live abroad and have a family is whether they will be able to pass on their citizenship to their children who are born outside of the UK. The UK government recently produced detailed guidance aimed at answering precisely this question.
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Christine Rawsthorne

Can the Court order that I should be tested for drugs or alcohol?

It is quite common these days to come across cases where one party is not allowing the other to spend time with their child(ren) because of allegations of drug and/or alcohol misuse. From speaking to colleagues and local professionals and based upon my own experience, I would estimate that in around 50% of cases the alleged substance mis-user will go to their first appointment with their Solicitor stating their innocence. At that first appointment they are informed that once the Court proceedings are underway, there will be something known as a directions appointment – a hearing where the Judge orders what steps need to be taken to move the case towards a conclusion. One thing that will usually be ordered where an allegation of substance misuse is made is testing for substance concerned. It is quite surprising how many admissions of substance misuse are forthcoming once it becomes apparent that testing is likely to take place.
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Christine Rawsthorne

Another hit for “infidelity websites”

In March this year I wrote about a religious group in France who were taking legal action against a website known as Gleeden, claiming that the site’s main aim of promoting infidelity was contrary to one of France’s civil codes which compels citizens to owe a duty of fidelity to their spouse.
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Divorce costs set to increase

The Ministry of Justice has recently announced that it plans to increase the Court fee payable when a Petition is sent to Court. The fee is presently £410.00 but is set to increase to £550.00 later this year. No fixed date has yet been proposed for the increase but family law circles are suggesting that it might take place around September time.

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Christine Rawsthorne

When does child maintenance stop?

If you have a family based arrangement (i.e. you have reached an agreement with your ex-partner concerning child maintenance) then the child maintenance payments continue in line with that agreement. One parent might have agreed for example that they will continue to provide maintenance until the child concerned finds full time employment and leaves home, meaning that child could be well into their 20’s before the maintenance comes to an end. Bear in mind that the agreement might break down in which case the receiving parent might have to ask for a statutory arrangement to be put in place.
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Christine Rawsthorne

Who should pay for the divorce?

One thing that many people are worried about when faced with the prospect of divorce proceedings is the legal costs that can be incurred both in terms of Solicitors fees and the Court costs. Currently the Family Courts charge a fee of £410.00 to issue a divorce petition and Solicitors fees vary from firm to firm. The person who completes the petition and sends it to the Court (the Petitioner) is often the party who feels aggrieved at the behaviour of their estranged spouse (the Respondent) and they often question why they should have to pay these costs when they have only had to start the case because of the actions of their ex. On the flip side, the Respondent might say that as the Petitioner is the one seeking the divorce, they should foot the costs.

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CAFCASS who do they help?

CAFCASS is the shortened name for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Services. Parents come into contact with a CAFCASS officer if they have been unable to resolve their disputes regarding children and an application has been made to the Court. The Court can request that CAFCASS become involved in a matter in:-
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Can I take my Child on holiday abroad if I have Parental Responsibilty?

Many families are making plans for the duration of the summer holidays as schools in England and Wales shall shortly be breaking up for their summer holidays. 

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Love conquers all; except the UK visa system. Every year, many couples endure forced separation because one party cannot obtain a UK Spouse visa. During her time in as Home Secretary, Theresa May to...
When a couple divorce, emotions can run rampant. Even if both parties vow to be as ‘amicable as possible’ and ‘get on for the sake of the children’, anger, frustration and bitterness can spill over. ...
EU citizens residing in the UK are worried. They are right to be so. The referendum result is an emotional upheaval. But politics is one thing and law another. At Sultan Lloyd we understand the fe...

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