Family law

What is Divorce Day and can I avoid it?

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For most families, Christmas is a time to spend together. Unfortunately, this can have the effect of highlighting underlying difficulties within relationships, resulting in an increase in workload for family lawyers after the Christmas break. More …

Can my ex-partner ask me questions at Court?

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If former partners are not able to reach an agreement and instead have to rely on an application to the Court, whether to determine financial matters or arrangements for children, then at a Final Hearing the Court will need to hear witness evidence from the parties. More …

Judge orders surrogate mother to hand child over to its intended same sex parents

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In the recent case of H (A Child: Surrogacy Breakdown) [2017] EWCA Civ 1798 the Judge ordered the surrogate mother to hand the child (H) over to its intended same sex parents ((A) and (B)). More …

“I Do” x 2 – succession planning on second marriages

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The Office of National Statistics reported that the UK's divorce rate has increased. But what happens to succession if someone decides they want to re-marry? Elya Jacobs from our Private Client team explains the law in this area. More …

Covert recordings – is it ever smart to record your ex-partner or children?

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What does the law say about secretly recording family members with the purpose of gathering evidence in a family law case? Our experts explain. More …

Thou must not admit adultery

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Some people might say admitting adultery is worse than committing it in a divorce. But what should you write on a divorce petition if one party has committed adultery? In our blog, our Family Law expert debunks the myths. More …

Is there a cheaper way to settle financial disputes during divorce proceedings?

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Is arbitration the answer to settling financial disputes quickly? Our family law expert discusses a case that involved an arbitrator. More …

Child maintenance – when capital assets outweigh income

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Child maintenance is payable for the benefit of the children when parents separate, and the children live primarily with one parent and spend some time with the other. But what happens when one parent's assets outweigh the income? More …

Short, sharp sharing - are assets split equally following a 'short' marriage?

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The recent case of Sharp v Sharp [2017] has changed the way the courts will divide up a divorcing couple's assets where the marriage is short and childless. More …

Is it time divorce and financial claims procedures were separated?

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Separating couples can find that their divorce takes many months and years to go through the legal process. Could a move to separate out some of the steps, and more online divorces, speed things up? More …