Costs in financial remedy proceedings – who pays?

The “no order as to costs” rule has been effective in financial remedy proceedings since 2006, with general principles to this approach set out in rule 28.3 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR) and Practice Direction 28A. The FPR and practice directions also detail the exceptions to the “no order as to costs” rule in the case of litigation …

Why might the court refuse to grant you a divorce?

The courts have recently considered an application to convert the decree nisi to a decree absolute, and elected to refuse it, thereby preventing progression of a divorce. The case concerns Mr and Mrs Thakkar, following the breakdown of the their short marriage in 2013. Mrs Thakkar was eager to ensure that matters relating to the matrimonial finances were resolved, prior to the …

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Internal Relocation of a Child within the UK

Internal relocation is where a child relocates (usually with one of his parents) from one part of the UK to another. The UK is defined as Great Britain (that is England, Wales and Scotland) and Northern Ireland but excludes the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. There are no laws preventing someone from relocating a child from one part …

McKenzie Friends – why approach them with caution

McKenzie Friends are people who accompany parties in court proceedings to provide support and assistance where the party cannot or will not obtain legal representation through a solicitor or barrister. It is important to be aware that whilst McKenzie friends can provide support, assist with note taking and provide some level of advice, they cannot act for a person in …