Category Archives: Family Law


Tuesday, 18 Jan 2022

This week is Family Mediation Week.  The aim is to raise awareness of the benefits of mediation for couples who are separating and have issues relating to children and/or finances which need to be resolved.  The purpose of mediation is to encourage couples to make decisions together. What is family mediation? Family mediation is a... Read More


Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021

AWB Charlesworth Solicitors are opening a brand-new office on the outskirts of Keighley. The firm has relocated the North Street office in Keighley and the Chapel Lane office in Bingley to a much more modern setting at Aireside Business Park to enable the firm to continue to grow and to enhance its position within the... Read More

Impact of COVID-19 on relationships

Friday, 5 Jun 2020

Since the nationwide lockdown was enforced to curb the spread of COVID-19, there have been a considerable number of positive effects for many:- More quality family time Enjoying simple pleasures, e.g. a family walk, board games etc Getting to know neighbours Avoiding the commute Spending less money Never have so many families spent so much... Read More

Family Law Services and Covid-19

Thursday, 2 Apr 2020

Liz Hebden, Head of AWB Charlesworth’s Family Law Team discusses how the team has adapted to support Clients whilst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues.  The level of disruption to the UK is unprecedented, there having been a knock-on effect on every aspect of society.  Separating couples are experiencing a particularly challenging time, especially those who... Read More

Do I need a Final Financial Order on Divorce?

Thursday, 27 Feb 2020

Many divorcing couples are under the misconception that once their marriage has been dissolved and Decree Absolute granted, that is the conclusion of all matters arising from their divorce.  This is not the case. Even where parties have agreed as to how the matrimonial assets are to be divided, it is strongly advisable to secure... Read More

No-fault divorce to become law

Thursday, 2 May 2019

The breakdown of a marriage is a stressful and difficult experience for those involved.  The situation can be exacerbated by one spouse having to allege adultery or unreasonable behaviour by the other for divorce proceedings to start straightaway.  The blame element can cause incredible animosity between separating parents and can impact on their children and... Read More

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