Parliament looking into no fault divorce laws

Parliament looking into no fault divorce laws divorce-separation

Divorce law came a step closer to its first reform in fifty years last month, after draft legislation was published asking Parliament to consider the idea of ‘no-fault divorce’ Experts realised that the current laws about divorce can lead to extra conflict and make break ups more painful than they need to be, so after […]

Supreme Court decision on payment of extra rental costs

Supreme Court decision on payment of extra rental costs sharing-financial-assets

The Supreme Court recently heard an appeal against an order made in the Court of Appeal, which had increased the amount of money paid as periodical payments to his ex-partner.  The case, Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38  involved a couple who had divorced in 2002 following a 15 -year marriage. Originally the finances had been agreed […]

New Supreme Court judgment

New Supreme Court judgment civil-partnership

A recent judgement may open the door to civil partnership agreements being an option for people of opposite sexes. In June 2018, the Supreme Court heard an appeal against different-sex couples being unable to legally enter into a civil partnership. The appeal looked at whether the ban on different-sex couples entering into civil partnerships breached […]

Dobson – vs – Griffey and why you need a cohabitation agreement

Dobson – vs – Griffey and why you need a cohabitation agreement financial-agreements

A recent court judgement has underlined just how important it is for unmarried couples who live together to put a cohabitation agreement in place covering their finances. What you think is ‘fair’ when it comes to property you own as a couple may not be supported by the law. The case of Jacqueline Dobson and […]

Court of Appeal ruling may impact maintenance agreements

Court of Appeal ruling may impact maintenance agreements separating with children

A recent high-profile divorce ruling may have far reaching implications for future payments under maintenance agreements in divorce proceedings. Waggott -vs Waggott, which has been called the ‘meal ticket for life’ case, reached the Court of Appeal recently, where it was decided that the annual maintenance payments Kim Waggott had been awarded for life from […]

Grounds for divorce

Grounds for divorce separating with children

If you want to get divorced, legally you need to come up with a reason – this is called your ‘grounds’ for divorce. It’s important to think carefully about which reason applies to you and your partner before you start proceedings or talk to a family law solicitor who can give you advice if you’re […]

Domestic Abuse – New Measures to Protect Victims

Domestic Abuse – New Measures to Protect Victims domestic-abuse

New measures have been proposed to prevent domestic abuse and protect victims. A consultation has been launched by Prime Minister Theresa May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Justice Secretary David Gauke, asking for views on what should be included in a brand new Domestic Abuse Bill, which is currently in draft. Although the government recognises […]

Support for the ‘Early Intervention Project’

Support for the ‘Early Intervention Project’ McKenzie

A McKenzie Friend is someone who accompanies a litigant in person to court proceedings,  sits with them in court and offers advice and support as well as taking notes. There has recently been a consultation on their role in the litigation process. The Judicial Executive Board (JEBs) response to the consultation has recommended that Practice Guidance […]

Shared Parenting – Tightening up the Law

Shared Parenting – Tightening up the Law Family Law

When parents split, their children are expected to be at the forefront of their parents’ minds – will they live with one parent or share their time with both? When will they see the other parent? Who has the final say on major decisions, if anyone? It can be a difficult time for parents and […]