Family Law

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...

Common Law Marriage

As a matter of law a common-law marriage does not exist.  If an unmarried couple that live together split up there is no formal procedure to go through that is akin to a divorce.  As the law currently stands there is no obligation for one party...

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...