Tag: Separation

Mediation Voucher Scheme extended to support more families

Mediation Voucher Scheme extended to support more families A man holds wooden blocks with the word Mediator, dispute, problem, conflict. Settlement of disputes by mediator. Dispute Resolution and Mediation. Third party, intermediary.

A new government mediation voucher scheme has been extended to help separating parents resolve disputes without taking them through the courts and is set to help many more families deal with the difficult issues that separation and divorce can create. Earlier in 2021, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) launched the mediation voucher scheme, which offers […]

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 […]

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 […]

Common law marriage – it doesn’t exist!

Common law marriage – it doesn’t exist! common-law-marriage

Many people are under the mistaken impression that there is such a thing as ‘common law marriage’ – and that cohabiting couples enjoy similar legal status to married couples, according to recent research. The British Social Attitudes Survey – carried out by The National Centre for Social Research – found that almost half of people […]

Sharing financial assets after separation and divorce

Sharing financial assets after separation and divorce sharing-financial-assets

There are a number of big decisions that need to be made when you are separating from a partner or spouse; if you are married, you will need to work out what your financial assets after separation are, and make sure that they are equally and fairly divided. How to calculate the ‘financial asset pot’  […]

Divorce reform should be pushed through – for the sake of the children

Divorce reform should be pushed through – for the sake of the children separating with children

A recent poll carried out by YouGov has highlighted the fact that people are keen for divorce reforms to be implemented, to reduce the impact that divorce under the current rules can have on many people, especially children. Resolution, an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]