Category Archives: Family Law

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


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