Family Law

Do I have to go to mediation before I can apply to court?

In most cases you have to consider mediation as an option before applying to court. This means you have to have a meeting with a mediator before making an application. This meeting is called a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) and it is...

TV Star granted Decree Nisi

Ant McPartlin, best known as one half of the TV presenting duo Ant and Dec, has almost completed his divorce from his wife of 11 years Lisa Armstrong. On Tuesday in the Central London Family Court judge Alun Jenkins granted the decree nisi , which leaves...

Government seeks public's view on changing divorce law

A consultation has been launched by the Ministry of Justice to gather views on reforming the current legal requirements for a divorce . The current law in England and Wales has been in place since the early 70’s and arguably does not reflect modern...

Brad Pitt seeks shared care arrangement with Angelina Jolie

Although they announced their separation in 2016, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reportedly yet to reach an agreement in respect of the care arrangements for their 6 children. Reports suggest that Brad Pitt is currently seeking an arrangement whereby the...

Will You Not Marry Me? Law to Change for Mixed-Sex Couples

This week has seen the Prime Minister’s groundbreaking announcement that legislation will be put in place to allow heterosexual couples to enter into Civil Partnerships. The announcement follows a landmark decision of the Supreme Court in June that...

Divorcing women missing out on thousands of pounds

A recent study conducted has suggested that a large number of divorced women may be losing out on substantial sums of money upon their retirement. The study suggests that this is due to their husband’s pensions being left out of the financial agreement...

The end of blame in divorce?

Following the sad case of Mrs Owens who was forced to remain in a loveless marriage after being denied a divorce over the summer, there has been increasing pressure on the government to change the law on divorce. The association of family lawyers,...

Divorce - Time to Stop the Blame Game!

Currently married couples must either use adultery or unreasonable behaviour if they wish to divorce in the first two years of separation. Otherwise they must wait two years and have the consent of their spouse or wait five years if their spouse does not...

I am getting divorced do I have to sell my house?

Not necessarily but the property will need to be considered as part of the overall settlement upon divorce. This is the case even if the property is registered in your sole name because your spouse may still have an entitlement to a share of the property...

The New Wife

Would you allow your ex and their new partner to move into your home? Probably not but that is exactly what one woman did for a television program, The New Wife, shown on Channel 5 last night. Ashleigh and her ex-partner Matt have a four-year-old daughter,...

Is My Smartphone Placing A Strain On My Relationship?

A report published at the beginning of August has revealed that 78% of the UK population now own a smartphone in comparison with just 17% in 2008. On average we are checking our phones every 12 minutes and using them within five minutes of waking up. Whilst...

Wife's claim for half of husband's $540 million shares unsuccessful

The Family Court have departed from the sharing principle in a recent case involving an extremely wealthy husband and wife. The wife came from a wealthy family and the husband was the Chief Executive of a successful company. During the course of the...

Stuck in an unhappy marriage

The Supreme Court ruled last week in the unhappy case of Mr and Mrs Owen. They were married in 1978 and have two adult children however Mrs Owens states she had been unhappy in the marriage since 2012. She finally decided to leave in 2015 and began divorce...

What is a cohabitation agreement?

Generally such an agreement would confirm who owns what presently, what the financial arrangements should be while you live together e.g. how much you should each contribute to the joint account on an on-going basis and what should happen to the...

Can I take my child on holiday this summer?

With the school holidays fast approaching you are probably thinking about your next family getaway. If you share parental responsibility with any other person, you may be wondering whether you need any permissions...

Do I have to go to court to get a divorce?

The short answer is no, and in fact most divorcing couples do not ever need to attend court. The vast majority of divorces are uncontested and are dealt with by posting documents to the court for them to be considered and the divorce is then granted. ...

What are grandparents' rights to see their grandchildren?

A recent YouGov poll found that over 40% of grandparents aged 50 and above have provided regular childcare for their grandchildren. Children are therefore much closer to their grandparents and the impact of family breakdown or divorce , and the loss of...

I am a stepfather can I get parental responsibility for my stepson or stepdaughter?

Yes. If everyone who has parental responsibility for the child agrees, you can enter into a parental responsibility agreement . The child’s mother will have parental responsibility and the father will have parental responsibility if he was married to...

What is a Prohibited Steps Order?

A Prohibited Steps Order is an order granted by the Court preventing a parent from doing certain activities or events or making specific trips with their child/children. It allows the Court to apply a restriction upon a mother or father’s parental...
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