Recent Family Law Blog Posts

Thursday April 17, 2014 at 9:00am
Applications from one divorced parent to move abroad with their children can have a devastating effect on fragile inter-family relations post separation. This may seem obvious but some ongoing research really does give an insight into how difficult it is. We blogged late last year on a study which threw up some interesting stats, like the fact that mums were more often than not the ones who applied for relocation. However, it also suggested that, whereas a few years ago, maybe 95 per cent of app....
Thursday April 10, 2014 at 9:00am
Businesses can be a sticky and complicated area when it comes to divorce. Regularly, I am approached by my clients who ask how they can “get their hands on” their spouse’s business assets. Conversely, there are those concerned that their partner is seeking to make a claim on their business and “ruin them” and want to make sure they cannot do this. Often a spouse assumes that their partner’s business is worth a small fortune and they do not want to lose out on....
Wednesday April 2, 2014 at 1:00pm
There has been considerable discussion of ‘conscious uncoupling’ in the media over the last few days. Some of it has been earnest, a little has been inspired, and the rest somewhat amused/bemused. This came of course from the announcement from actress Gwyneth Paltrow, via a blog, that her marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was drawing to a close after 10 years, two children and continued professional success. But there has been little concrete explanation of what a conscious ....
Monday March 31, 2014 at 1:15pm
The early hours of Saturday March 29, 2014, saw the first gay marriages in England and Wales after a change in the law allowed same-sex couples to be joined in matrimony rather than “just civil partnershipped”. The debate on whether this should or shouldn’t happen seems to have been running for years. Looking at the legal history, persons of the same sex were not allowed to get “married” at all. However, opinions over time changed and in 2004 the Civil Partnership A....
Thursday March 27, 2014 at 9:00am
I will often speak with a new client who says they have “reached an agreement” with their spouse in relation to how their assets should be divided on separation or divorce. I am told that they both accept that their marriage has broken down and have sat down together to discuss what should happen to their house and other assets. Now they want to know how to make it legally binding. Solicitors are sometime accused of “racking up” costs for clients unnecessarily and draggi....

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