The annual YouGov Family Law Survey was released earlier this month reporting facts and figures about divorce and dissolutions in the UK. Exploring the opinions and experiences of almost 1,000 people who’ve been through divorce it is essential reading for a firm like Woolley & Co. But does it tell us anything we don’t already know?
A pre nuptial agreement is an agreement made between parties contemplating marriage, it attempts to regulate what will happen to their finances in the event of a divorce. In the UK however pre nups are not a formal, legally binding document. So are they worth having? Family lawyer Sue Harwood answers that question in this blog.
There appears to be more and more people dealing with their own divorce without first seeking advice from a family lawyer. A 2013 YouGov survey showed that 26% of people involved in divorce had taken the DIY route, with younger people and those in London far more likely to take this approach. In the vast majority of cases, this can be due to financial constraints or when the parties believe that everything is agreed between them and therefore, they do not need legal advice. How wrong they may be!
The ‘Missing Mum’ case involving Rebecca Minnock who fled with her 3 year old son in anticipation of a Court decision that the little boy should live not with her but with his father has attracted some lurid headlines and furore on social media in the past week. Quite separate from generating consternation and bewilderment by family lawyers who point out (repeatedly) to the press that there has not been a “custody” battle in this country for over 25 years. Yet despite two different incarnations of children orders since, the media insist on using outdated and inappropriate language to discuss where children will live.
On 11th May 2015 The Supreme Court allowed the latest appeal in the case of Wyatt v Vince. The case hit the headlines as it allows the wife to make a financial claim against her, now wealthy husband, 18 years after they divorced. “So what?” I hear you say. What does this decision mean for others?