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The Family Mediation Voucher Scheme

Posted 09 June 2021 by Dawn Pennell

In March 2021 the Ministry of Justice launched a voucher scheme which provides a contribution of up to £500 towards the costs of a couple attending mediation.  One million pounds was made available to the Scheme which means 2000 families will benefit from it.  This is an attempt to support people in resolving their family law disputes outside of the Court arena.  Family mediation is a process where a trained independent person helps a couple to work out arrangements following their relationship break down.   Matters relating to finances, children or property ...

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Is the "blame game" about to finally end?

Posted 08 June 2021 by Dawn Pennell

Is the “blame game” about to finally end? At present couples need to demonstrate that their marriage/civil partnership has irretrievably broken down and they are forced to blame each other for the breakdown by saying that their spouse/civil partner has behaved unreasonably, has committed adultery (only in relation to marriages) or deserted them unless they prove that they have lived apart for two years with the other’s consent or five years without that consent. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 has been passed which will change that.  The sole ground...

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The Debt Respite Scheme and the impact on landlords and tenants

Posted 06 May 2021 by Eleanor Russell

On 4 May 2021, The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 came into force.      The scheme, known as Breathing Space, has been introduced to provide people facing financial difficulties the opportunity to obtain the following legal protection:   Up to 60 days protection from creditors (breathing space moratorium) and; Mental health crisis Breathing Space for the full duration of the person’s crisis treatment, plus another 30 days (mental health crisis moratorium) Landlords,...

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Inheritance Tax (IHT) Allowances Frozen until 2026

Posted 05 March 2021 by Richard Tinkler

It has been announced that the IHT allowances have been frozen until 2026.  There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether the IHT threshold would be increasing, as it typically has done over the years, or decreasing, in view of the ongoing pandemic.  For now, at least, it appears that for the next few years there appears to be no imminent plans for the IHT threshold to change – though this is not absolutely guaranteed.  The Budget in March 2021 has not introduced any shocks in terms of the law relating to IHT. If you would like advice relating to your inheri...

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