Family Law

What happens to my business on divorce? Can my business be sold?

Business assets are taken into account when making decisions about the financial aspects of the divorce . They are not however treated in the same way as the more obviously matrimonial assets such as the family home.  Account is normally taken for the...

Can I relocate?

There is a distinction here between internal relocation (within the UK) and external relocation (outside of the UK).  Internal relocation If there is a Child Arrangements Order in place and your child lives with you, you do not need permission to...

Can I force a sale of our house?

A married couple’s home is often central to family life and, in most cases, will be their main asset. When couples decide to divorce the question of what should happen to that home will often be a key decision to be made and in some cases can be a...

How will my disability or ill health affect my maintenance?

When assessing if and how much maintenance a party should receive, the court will consider s.25 of the Matrimonial Causes act 1973 (also known as the “section 25 Factors”). Disability, whether it be physical or mental, can be a key factor in...

Urgent Calls to Change Outdated Divorce Law

Senior Judicial figures have condemned 50-year-old divorce laws as no longer fit for purpose. Leading Judges have highlighted how the current laws, which require divorcing couples to place fault or blame on the other party in order to end their marriage...

Can I get maintenance from my husband or wife on divorce?

The court have the power to order maintenance (also known as ” Periodical payments ” or “ spousal maintenance ”) based upon “needs” in the event of divorce or civil partnership dissolution . The amount and duration of...

Do I have a claim over my husband or wife's pension?

A recent survey has revealed that 7 in 10 separating couples do not consider their pensions during divorce proceedings; this is despite the average household pension pot having a value of over £130,000. Separating couples have financial claims...

Will I keep my house on divorce?

Clients starting divorce proceedings are often concerned about the family home and what will happen to this upon separation. Often the family home (also known as the former matrimonial home or ’FMH’) will be the divorcing couple’s main...

Non violent Domestic Abuse New Law

Theresa May, Home Secretary, has today confirmed radical, new proposals to criminalise new offences of “domestic abuse”. Men who demonstrate a pattern of psychological harm, demonstrate “controlling behaviour” or, for example,...

Introduction of collection charges by the Child Maintenance Service

From today’s date the Child Maintenance Service will apply charges if it is asked to collect maintenance payments from the paying parent and pass them on to the receiving parent as opposed to the parents making and receiving the payments direct.  ...

Multi-million pound divorce case starts

Guardian, 2 July 2014: A divorce case which is expected to result in the UK's largest settlement began on 1 July 2014 at the High Court. The wife of Chris Hohn is demanding 50% of the couple's assets arguing that the value of her husband's hedge...