Domestic Violence Funding Announced

Domestic Violence Funding Announced image of domestic violence

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP, has promised more support for victims of domestic violence, announcing 75 projects across England and £16.6million being made available to help survivors. In October 2019, it was also announced that in 2021 councils across England will have a legal duty to provide essential, life-saving support in safe accommodation to survivors […]

Musician’s future income declared exempt from Financial Remedy Agreement

Band royalties and future income of artists are not considered as part of a financial remedy order, according to a recent judgement. A recent case heard considered the case of a bass player in a well-known band, whose income from five separate royalty schemes had to be was assessed by experts. The royalties were from […]

Civil Partnership an option for opposite sex couples

Civil Partnership an option for opposite sex couples couple embracing civil partnerships opposite sex couples

  Civil Partnership has been an option for same sex couples since 2006, but opposite sex couples have been fighting for the right to enter into civil partnerships for almost as long. In December 2019, the government made this an option for opposite sex couples, when new regulations came into force allowing them to give […]

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill reintroduced

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill reintroduced Divorce, Dissolution and Marriage Bill illustrated by signing papers

After the original Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill was shelved during the proroguing of parliament and general election of 2019, it was reintroduced into parliament on 7 January 2020. The Bill, which has been designed to put an end to the ‘blame culture’ that surrounds divorce, was one of several to be shelved at the […]

Cohabitation Rights – still a long way away

Cohabitation Rights – still a long way away Couple holding hands - cohabitation rights for Gillbanks Law

Family lawyers have been eagerly awaiting new legal cohabitation rights for couples for some time now, but despite the introduction of the Cohabitation Rights Bill to the House of Lords in March 2019, so far there has been little progress in this complicated area of law. Cohabitation is now the fastest growing family type in […]

Children’s cases – will the Judge take my criminal record into account?

Children’s cases need special treatment – so if you are involved in a case concerning children, yes, the court will  need to know about any criminal records you may have, or previous involvement with the police.  However, whether the judge believes it to be relevant to the case will depend on what the convictions were for, […]

Why Gillbanks Family Law are experts in divorce and separation advice

  Gillbanks Family Law have given us a small insight into the expert advice and guidance they provide for those going through the inevitably complex and sensitive process of divorce or separation “When a relationship breaks down one party might be ready to move on but the other party may still be struggling to come […]

Domestic abuse – Family lawyers asking for independent inquiry

Domestic abuse – Family lawyers asking for independent inquiry domestic abuse law image

  Lawyers who work with domestic abuse cases have written to Justice Ministers to call for  an independent inquiry into the way domestic abuse is handled in the family courts. More than 30 leading experts have signed the letter, which urges an upgrade to the departmental review which was announced in May. Letter sent to […]

‘Interesting Times’ ahead in family law?

‘Interesting Times’ ahead in family law? Family Law

President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, addressed the Resolution Conference on 5 April and spoke about major changes that were likely to impact family law in the next year. Along with Brexit, he addressed the increasing case load of the family courts and called for radical reform to working practices and processes. There […]