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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

Can I Divorce in the UK if I live abroad?

The simple answer to this is that if you have a sufficient connection to this country then probably “yes”. It is important to note that Scotland has different laws to those of England and Wales and this blog only relates to the latter two.
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Is there such thing as a no blame divorce?

Many family lawyers are keen to emphasise that they try to deal with divorce cases in a constructive and amicable manner which not only helps to reduce the hostility between the parties but it can also reduce the resulting legal costs. However, there is one large obstacle to overcome which is that except for in limited circumstances, it is not possible to get a divorce without some degree of fault or blame being put on one of the spouses.

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Christine Rawsthorne

When it’s more than an affair of the heart

When one person discovers that their spouse has done the dirty on them they are usually heartbroken. Often, by the time they reach the Solicitor’s office a little of the emotion will have subsided and they will be moving towards the stage of feeling angry and resentful. They will want to hit back at their ex in any way possible and sometimes this means that I am faced with a client who is adamant that they will only consider divorcing their spouse on the basis of adultery and they insist that the co-conspirator should be outed and named in the petition.
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Christine Rawsthorne

I’ll have the bed – you can take the sofa

When a marriage comes to an end the average couple are going to find it difficult to divide income that has supported one household into enough income to support two. Particularly during the recession, there was a rise in the number of separated spouses who had no choice but to remain living under the same roof.
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Can your child really be taken into care simply because you are a smoker?

It was widely reported in a number of newspapers this week that a 2 year old boy had been taken into care because his parents smoked too much. The story made the front page of certain newspapers and a good deal of the reporting focused on the testimony of a health visitor who gave evidence to the Court in terms that she had never seen such a “smoky house” in her 10 year career.

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Christine Rawsthorne

When is it too soon to date again?

When a married couple separate they usually both want to move on with their lives and often this involves either or both of them finding new partners. It is not uncommon for me to meet with a new client who has come in to enquire about divorce proceedings and they have already found someone else. Many think that their new relationship is nothing to do with their estranged spouse and that it should have no bearing on their divorce case but this is not strictly true.

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Who gets the dog?

Pets can be one of a family’s most treasured possessions. People form bonds with them that can sometimes be akin to the bond one might have with another family member meaning that when two people separate, deciding what will happen to any pets can become a contentious issue. Children in particular can become very attached to the family pet. In America there can be court cases about pets similar to those cases dealing with who the children should live with and how much time they should spend with the other person but there is no equivalent in this country.
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How Divorce can affect your pension

When Parties divorce all of the matrimonial assets are considered so that there may be equality and fairness in the final distribution of assets, whether the split is 50/50 or even 30/70 as can be the case.

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Christine Rawsthorne

The cost of child maintenance

Bringing up children is an expensive business even where the parents are together and have one another to financially rely upon. When parents separate, they are usually left trying to run two separate households from income that once only had to service one family and usually, one parent will look to the other for help towards the cost of raising their children.

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Christine Rawsthorne

Recent changes to how pensions are dealt with on divorce

Often when couples divorce, they think about what will happen to the house or who will receive what from any savings or realisable investments and pensions are overlooked. However, in many cases that I have dealt with the pension of one or both of the parties is actually the most valuable asset and there are a number of ways that pensions can be dealt with upon divorce.

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Understanding the Changes to The Tier 1 Visa Requirements for Investors and Entrepreneurs

After 6th April 2015, changes to the immigration rules for Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneur Visa applicants announced by the Home Office will come into force. Furthermore, how applicants are taxed has also changed as there are increases to the remittance basis charge. This post gives you a quick guide to these changes and how they will apply to Tier 1 Visa applicants.
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Christine Rawsthorne

The reason why only getting a divorce is not enough

This month a man who was divorced from his wife 30 years ago has just found out that she might now make a claim against the fortune that he has amassed since their separation.

Kathleen Wyatt and Dale Vince met in 1981 and were married the same year. They lived on state benefits and had no significant assets. They had a son in 1983 and then parted. The relationship lasted for 3 years in total although they did not formally divorce until 1992. The crucial point in this case is that at the time of their divorce, they did not enter into a financial agreement (known as a Consent Order) which at that time would probably have merely recorded the fact that neither party would make any financial claim against the other in the future.

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Christine Rawsthorne

Should it be illegal to promote adultery?

Some people might be aware that there are a number of websites out there that actively promote infidelity. One of the first sites to be set up, Ashley Madison which was founded by Noel Biderman over 10 years ago has the strap line “Life is Short. Have an Affair”. Whilst such practices might seem disrespectful and shocking to most married people, these websites have never been challenged in a Court of law, until now.

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What type of contact can a Court Order, if my child lives in a different country?

When parents separated it has been known for a parent with the main care of the child to move to another area of the Country for example from Leeds to London or even to another Country i.e Spain. This often leaves the child and the other parent bereft of any contact with each other. If you find yourself in a situation like this there are a number of options available to you.

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Christine Rawsthorne

Hiding Assets in Divorce Proceedings

In the majority of cases that I deal with, financial matters are resolved by agreement. However, in cases where the assets are substantial what started as a relatively amicable divorce can quickly turn sour when it comes to negotiations about how those assets should be divided. Many people believe that if they paid for something it belongs to them outright and they are surprised to hear from a family lawyer that their spouse could well have a claim against that asset. There are two particular phrases that family lawyers will be familiar with. One is “well my ex-partner doesn’t need to know that I have that” and when faced with the reality that it needs to be disclosed, the second is “well I will transfer it into somebody else’s name”. This article examines the requirement for full and frank disclosure of all assets within the course of divorce proceedings and the consequences of hiding or disposing of those assets.

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Christine Rawsthorne

Life After Death – What if I don’t want my children to live with my ex-partner?

In a world of changing family set ups there are now more single parent families than ever before. I have often been approached by a parent who has children living with them and asked where their children would live if that parent passed away. Sometimes the parent concerned has genuine reasons to be fearful of their children going to live with the other parent, particularly in cases where there has been domestic violence or other abuse.

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Unmarried parents – what can I claim to help support my children?

There is a common misconception that if you have lived with someone as an unmarried couple for a certain period of time then you are treated as “common law spouses” and you can therefore make a financial claim against that person post separation, much in the same way that married couples can claim against one another. This is a myth, you could live with a partner without marrying for your entire life and under the current law, and you would still not be able to make a financial claim against them in the same way as you could if you had been married.

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UK Immigration To Become More ‘Business Friendly”

Home secretary, Theresa May has announced that she plans to will overhaul Britain’s visa system to make the nation more attractive to businesses.

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50 Shades of Grey... The Reality???

The book 50 Shades of Grey has taken the UK by storm and many individuals find themselves getting hot under the collar for opposing reasons, when discussing the book. Love it or hate it, millions of Women (and Men) have read and/or watched it, and some dream of meeting their own Mr Grey…
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Ex- Wife of Millionaire Told by Judge – Go to Work

The ex-wife of a millionaire horse surgeon has been told by an appeal Court judge that she should seek employment rather than rely on “an income for life” at the expense of her former husband.

It is anticipated that this decision could have wide reaching consequences for the ex-partners of the very wealthy. Lord Justice Pitchford said divorcees with children aged over seven should work for a living and not rely on their former partners contributions.

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