Category Archives: Family Law

Understanding Parental Responsibility

Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019

Rather than considering the “rights” of parents, Family Law talks of parental responsibility (PR).  PR gives you all the legal powers to make appropriate decisions in relation to the upbringing of your child. Generally if you are a parent with PR you should expect to be consulted by the other parent about major matters concerning... Read More

New Year….New Start?

Wednesday, 9 Jan 2019

Many of us are familiar with the media hype about early January being a time when Family Lawyers experience a sudden influx of new enquiries. Theories put forward by the press include:- Couples who have been forced to spend more family time together over the festive period have reached “breaking point”. Couples who may have... Read More

Fixed Fee for Family Law Advice

Tuesday, 18 Sep 2018

For many, with the summer behind us, this time of year is an exciting time filled with opportunity and promise.  Children have begun the new school year and young adults have enrolled at college/university filled with trepidation.  It is a time of change and can be a catalyst for wonderful things to happen. For others,... Read More

Are non-marital assets exempt from sharing?

Tuesday, 7 Aug 2018

The Court may exclude certain assets from being shared with their spouse if it can be shown that they are ‘non matrimonial’ (attained either before the marriage or post separation). Establishing assets as non-marital can be key in many cases, particularly short marriages and can result in a significant shift from an equal division between... Read More

Cohabitation on the increase.

Tuesday, 7 Aug 2018

Number of families in the UK continues to grow, with cohabiting couple families growing the fastest The National Statistics office has released reports showing the trends in living arrangements for families. You can view the reports here  In 2017 there were 19.0 million families in the UK; this increased by 15% from 16.6 million in... Read More

Third party interest in matrimonial proceedings  

Friday, 27 Jul 2018

Whether providing an early inheritance or assisting in the purchase of a home, married couples are often benefiting from the ‘bank of mum and dad’.  But what happens to such payments when the parties divorce? The first point to be considered is whether the monies form part of the ‘matrimonial pot’ (the assets / capital... Read More

Marriage or Civil Partnership; the choice is now yours!

Wednesday, 27 Jun 2018

Marriage or Civil Partnership; the choice is now yours! Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld have today won their right in the UK Supreme Court to a civil partnership. The Civil Partnership Act 2004 enabled same-sex couples to legalise their relationship and provided for the same rights as married heterosexual couples. This has a significant bearing... Read More

Judge applauds the collapse of the nuclear family

Friday, 8 Jun 2018

The collapse of the nuclear family should be welcomed and applauded, Britain’s most senior Family Judge has said. Sir James Munby, President of the High Court’s Family Division, said in a recent speech at Liverpool University that the modern family was ‘complex’ and took ‘an almost infinite variety of forms’. His comments reflect the reality... Read More

A good divorce – does such a thing exist?

Monday, 14 May 2018

No divorce is every easy, even those that are by mutual agreement.  When a relationship breaks down, it is often difficult to know which way to turn. However, lawyers who are members of Resolution follow a Code of Practice that promotes an approach to family law which is constructive, cost effective and most likely to... Read More

Will I be entitled to any of my spouse’s income

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

It is often one of the questions asked when meeting a client for the first time; “Will I be entitled to any of my spouse’s income?” There are two main types of income payment, Child Maintenance and Spousal Maintenance. Child Maintenance is an amount to be paid for the benefit of the children of the... Read More