When couples divorce, if they are unable to agree on how their assets should be split, the Court can be asked to determine how their resources...
    There are two ways to bring an end to a marriage – annulment or divorce. While a divorce legally ends a marriage, an annulment declares the...
    Recent press reports suggest that Ant McPartlin and his estranged wife, Lisa Armstrong, were granted a divorce, “in (just) 30 seconds”. In fact,...
    How often have you read in the news about celebrities and footballers achieving a “quickie divorce”? In fact, there is no such thing – not even...
    The World Mental Health Organisation has designated 10th October each year as a day to raise awareness for mental health and for people/businesses...
    Collaborative law is an alternative way of dealing with divorce, children issues and the resolution of financial matters following the breakdown...
    In order to obtain a divorce, you must prove that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. You must rely on one of five facts, one of which is...
    Cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK, with approximately 3.3 million in 2016. Unmarried partners often assume they...
    To the frustration of many family lawyers, who strive to help clients end unhappy marriages with as little blood on the walls as possible, the...
    Your marriage has broken down. You’re already going through an incredibly emotional and difficult time. On top of that you now also need to...
    Senior family Judge, Sir James Munby, has today issued a warning that staff at the so-called divorce centres have made a number of errors in...
    With divorce rates increasing each year and the enticement of cheap, online do-it-yourself divorce services, it's no wonder that more people are...
    When it comes to deciding who keeps what following a divorce, some personal belongings, often termed as ‘chattels’, are more emotive than others....
    With the introduction of workplace pensions, pension benefits are fast becoming one of the most valuable assets that will need to be taken into...
    You’re looking to get a divorce as quickly and as painlessly as possible but when it comes down to it, there are actually a few options. You will...
    It is well-known that divorce can bring out the worst in people. Relationships that were once happy can turn into bitter feuds about who should...
    Common law marriage is fake news A ‘common law marriage’ does not exist. It is a myth, a figment of the imagination, a fiction, a nonsense: it...
    Divorce is stressful enough. Whilst getting a Decree Absolute legally ends a marriage, many do not realise that obtaining a divorce does not bring...
    If you are considering getting a divorce, you may have heard the Latin phrases Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute being used by friends, family or...
    Although both mediation and collaboration are alternative methods of resolving issues between divorcing and separating couples, they differ...
    Under the law of England and Wales, a divorce cannot be applied for until a couple has been married for one year. There is one ground for divorce,...
    There is hope for parents denied contact by the other parent who has “alienated" the child from them and they are being refused a relationship...
    You may think that once you are divorced, your surname will revert to your maiden name or whatever surname you used before your marriage.
    Results from a recent survey by The Office for National Statistics identify that the number of couples divorcing has risen for the first time in 7...
    A recent report* highlighted that too much time spent checking social media whilst on holiday could result in arguments and even complete...
    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) yesterday refused to intervene in the case of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard.
    A lawyer ex-husband sought permission to appeal an Order that he continue to pay maintenance to his former wife but permission was refused.
    The widely reported case of Tini Owens (66), who is seeking to overturn a decision by Judge Robin Tolson to reject her request for a divorce from...
    A recent report of a hearing in the Appeal Court is a timely reminder that when people divorce, a judge is entitled to take account of all of the...
    A Judgement of the Court of Appeal is a timely reminder that people who divorce should conclude their financial arrangements, or run the risk of...
    A recent hearing before High Court Judge Peter Jackson flagged up the often very difficult decisions the Family Court is forced to make when...
    Following the case of the wind farm millionaire, Wyatt-v-Vince, where the wife successfully obtained a lump sum payment many years after the...
    If you are considering getting divorced, you are likely to have many questions about the process. One of the key questions asked is ‘when is best...
    Despite declaring a decision by the Supreme Court to allow his ex-wife to pursue a financial claim against him twenty years after they divorced,...
    The rather sad tale of equestrian lover Kristin Liden is a timely reminder of the precarious position of the so-called common law wife.
    Jane Morris gave up her career after she and her husband decided that she should stay at home and care for their three children. Her husband,...
    Following on from our previous blog piece regarding the difference between Divorce and Judicial Separation, here we explain how to achieve a Legal...
    Pensions can be a big asset, sometimes the biggest asset, for divorcing couples and couples dissolving their Civil Partnerships. However, many...
    In just about every collaborative case handled, and the same is true for mediated cases, there comes a point where one or other of the parties, or...
    The Royal Courts of Justice is set to hear a challenge against the legal ban on heterosexual couples entering into civil partnerships today, 19th...
    The Law Commission, which advises the government on reform, has carried out a scoping review of marriage law and concluded that it is outdated,...
    The potential perils of failing to get expert legal advice when settling financial arrangements following divorce has again been demonstrated,...
    The Supreme Court has today handed down two important Judgments. These send a clear message to all those involved in settling their financial...
    A recent census by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that 9% of people in the over 65 age bracket had divorced by 2011. Ten years...
    A Judge in the West Country has taken the unusual step of asking for help from the Press to trace a Somerset mother, who has gone on the run with...
    Mr Justice Holman has urged a couple to avoid the “painful destructive experience” of having to give evidence against each other in open Court,...
    Britain’s most senior female Judge, Baroness Hale, has said that she wants to see the bitterness taken out of most divorces so that one person...
    Further to our earlier post on a former wife making financial claims years after divorcing her ex, five Supreme Court Justices have ruled that the...
    The press have widely reported the case of Wright, where a divorced wife was told by the court to get a job and not to expect her former husband,...
    The Supreme Court is dealing with an appeal that could have far reaching consequences for people who divorced decades ago but did not deal with...
    Family courts will presume that each parent will play a role in the life of their child as a result of the parental involvement provision which...
    In a recent ruling regarding financial settlement in a divorce case, Mr Justice Mostyn said that new relationships are a “fly in the ointment of...
    Non-contested divorce cases taken out in Courts in England and Wales by 180 Italian couples have been declared void after a widespread fraud was...
    Recent media coverage of the case of a child removed from hospital in Southampton and taken to Spain for medical treatment highlights how...
    This week sees the second reading of a private member’s bill, the Divorce (Financial Provision) Bill, which was introduced by Baroness Deech...
    The Telegraph reported this month that Family Law firms have seen “a surge of interest” in pre-nuptial agreements since the publication of the Law...
    In a speech made on 29th April 2014 Munby said divorce proceedings should be split from the process of financial remedy so that the divorce itself...
    New applications for Child Maintenance are now being dealt with by the Child Maintenance Service.  Existing cases using the Child Support Agency...
    The Children and Families Act was given Royal Assent on 13th March 2014 meaning reforms will be introduced as part of the re-launched family court...
    A detailed study into pension sharing on divorce has been recently published and the study suggests that pension sharing orders are a valuable,...
    The Children and Families Bill awaits implementation shortly.  We used to have “custody” and “access” of children on separation of parents. Then...
    To find out how to achieve a Legal Separation, therefore remaining married, visit our blog post explaining the difference between Judicial...
    The Law Commission has called for pre-nuptial agreements to be made legally binding in England and Wales. This recommendation follows a three year...
    Amanda Jones, Associate and Family Law Solicitor, explains the value of pre-nuptial agreements.