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BBC Archers Storyline highlights the rights of unmarried fathers

Archers logo over fields for the article BBC Archers Storyline and Unmarried Fathers Rights

Archers fans may be reeling with the death of Nic Grundy, but there’s another issue that’s been exercising the minds of family lawyers in recent weeks. How are Pip Archer and Toby Fairbrother going to manage as parents? And how much of their legal responsibility they have yet come to…


Divorce law – reform needed

Can you get a better divorce outside the UK

Isn’t it about time the divorce laws of England and Wales came into line with Australia, Sweden and Japan, to allow for no fault divorce? The recent widely publicised family law case of Owens v Owens illustrates why this change is so needed. Mrs Owens sought a divorce on the…


Divorce & adultery: financial punishments & misconceptions

Divorce and adultery

As divorce solicitors, we receive many enquiries from individuals wanting to bring a divorce on the grounds of adultery. A relatively small number however, are granted for this reason. So, is using adultery as a reason for divorce the best solution and will it materially affect any financial settlement? Let’s…


Family courts intervene to prevent emotional harm of child

Parental responsibility

I was tempted to entitle this blog Sparkling Cyanide, sadly not a reference to a work by Agatha Christie but in fact a recent case in the family courts which illustrates how the courts become involved when parental ‘responsibility’ isn’t being exercised. The case I am referring to involved the…


Pension changes provide greater flexibility for divorcing couples

Piggy bank - new pension rules

As a divorce and family lawyer whenever a new client approaches me for advice on reaching a financial settlement with their ex I find myself reminding them what a valuable asset a pension is. A pension is often the second most valuable asset anyone will ever hold (next to their…


Keeping your divorce stress free and simple

Tips for a better divorce

If you have decided your marriage is over you will most probably want to make the whole process of divorce as painless as possible. Contrary to public perception not all divorces have to involve outright war leaving a trail of destruction and despair. With the right divorce lawyer you should…


Do I need a lawyer to sort out arrangements for my children?

The family court system is being put under immense pressure by children. Well, when I say children, it is actually their parents increasingly representing themselves in cases connected to divorce and addressing where the offspring will live and when they will have contact with the absent parent. Their lack of…


Divorce asset division: who gets the air miles, pension and CD collection?

Air miles might not be the obvious thing to spring to mind when looking at division of assets on divorce, but I was reading an interesting article on this topic the other day (Divorce: who gets the air miles?). It got me thinking about other more unusual matrimonial belongings which…


Divorce does not have to be expensive

I know this a topic we have visited a few times recently but a report last week gave a new take on it. The fact that more older people are getting divorces – silver separations or silver splitters as they have been dubbed – is not news. More than 11,500…


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