Entries by Phil

Non-payment of child maintenance: What happens if a parent doesn’t pay?

By Jesca Knott, Paralegal, Family Law Team Under a child maintenance arrangement, child maintenance is usually paid by the parent who does not have day-to-day care of the child or does not usually live with the child. If this payment is not forthcoming the receiving parent can approach the Child Maintenance Service (CMS), which has wide-ranging […]

Power of Attorney & protecting the rights of people with dementia

By Adele Bebbington-Plant, Solicitor, Director and Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates Dementia Action Week runs 17th – 23rd May 2021 and is a national event that sees the public coming together to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. When a person receives a dementia diagnosis, this doesn’t automatically mean […]

Mediation Voucher Scheme

By Susan Alexander, Consultant Solicitor and Family Mediation Council Authorised Mediator, Family Law Team  The Government has introduced a family mediation voucher scheme to support separating or divorcing parties to resolve disputes about childcare arrangements. The Government will contribute up to £500 per matter.  Only mediators authorised by the Family Mediation Council (FMC) such as […]

No-Fault Divorce is on its way

By Brenda Spain, Head of Family Law team Married couples seeking to divorce in England and Wales will benefit from the implementation of No-Fault Divorce from Autumn 2021. The new law allows for divorce without either party attributing fault or a lengthy separation and should lead to a quicker and less acrimonious process. Following the much-publicised […]

Jesca Knott appointed to the role of Trainee Solicitor

As part of our recruitment focus this week we are delighted to announce that Jesca Knott has been awarded a training contract here at Cullimore Dutton and will take up the role of Trainee Solicitor with immediate effect. Jesca joined the Family Law team in May 2020 as a Paralegal and from day one has […]

Why cohabiting couples must consider estate planning

By Sarah Gill, Paralegal, Wills, Trusts & Estates Millions of couples across the UK are choosing to forego marriage and live as cohabitees. However, without proper estate planning, they could be putting their finances at risk. Unlike their married counterparts, unmarried couples have no automatic right to inherit from each other. However, with proper estate planning, […]

Celebrating our very own Grand National victory!

As the Grand National gets underway at Aintree tomorrow we will be celebrating our own very special connection with the world’s greatest steeplechase. The 1928 Grand National was the 87th running of the race. Our very own William Dutton, amateur jockey and at the time trainee solicitor Mason Moore Dutton (our forerunners), recorded his most […]

Are you due a Pension Review?

By Gary Shield, Independent Financial Adviser We are increasingly receiving requests from clients to review their pension arrangements. Due to increased job mobility, we now find that many of our clients have accumulated a number of pension plans with different providers. As very few employers now offer a defined benefit pension arrangement, in many cases […]

Ground Rents Reforms

By Stuart Hill, Director and Solicitor, Residential Conveyancing Ground Rent is payable by the owner of a leasehold property to the freeholder. Historically this has applied to apartments and flats, however in recent years, many new build houses have been sold on a leasehold basis. If you are the owner of a leasehold property, you may […]