Courts deny wife divorce on husband’s unreasonable behaviour
The Supreme Court has today issued its judgment refusing an appeal made by Mrs Owens to an earlier decision by a court that she was not entitled to divorce her husband on the basis of his unreasonable behaviour. The outcome of the appeal has been eagerly anticipated as Resolution (a national organisation of family lawyers) […]
Do you want to live together legally?
The rights of couples who want to live together but don’t want to get married are very much in the news at the moment following the victory of Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan in the Supreme Court. (For more information about that case you can read the blog by my colleague Sarah Whitelegg.) (https://chlsolicitors.co.uk/blog/civil-partnership-option-everyone/) At the moment there […]
Civil partnership…. an option for everyone?
Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have won their appeal to the Supreme Court and have successfully argued that for a civil partnership to remain an option for same sex couples only was incompatible with their human rights and amounted to discrimination. A civil partnership is a legal status formed by a couple signing a […]
Grey divorce – divorce in older people is on the rise
These days more and more older people are separating and the grey divorce generation is growing. Anyone watching last night’s episode of Coronation Street will have seen Yasmeen, grandmother of Alya and Zeedan, decide to finally consider starting divorce proceedings. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that over the last ten years the […]
No fault divorce – Should you be able to divorce without blaming your spouse?
Resolution, an organisation of family professionals committed to helping people resolve issues in a constructive way, are currently campaigning for the law surrounding divorce in England and Wales to be changed and introduce no fault divorce, this will allow couples to divorce without blame being attached. Currently the only ground for divorce is that the […]
Grandparents Rights – or should it be the children’s rights ?
Last week MP’s were debating grandparents rights and the right for children to have a relationship with grandparents and other extended family members. At present grandparents rights don’t exist and the Children Act 1989 provides that if a grandparent or other extended family member cannot reach agreement directly with the child’s parents they must seek […]
First time buyers – do you know who does what ?
In a recent survey by reallymoving.com, it found that first time buyers are confused about who does what when they come to buy their first property. For example, 36% of potential first time buyers don’t realise that they are the ones who need to organise a survey on the property which would help them discover […]
Maintenance for life in a divorce?
You may have seen the recent news about the Court of Appeal ruling against a maintenance settlement, it was hailed as the ‘end of a meal ticket for life’. In the recent case of Waggott v Waggott (2018) after a 21 year marriage Mrs Waggott was awarded a sum of 9.76 million pounds with Mr […]
Marriage and Inheritance Tax: A match made in heaven?
Could the trend away from marriage mean Inheritance Tax will see the taxman set to cash in more than ever? The recent sad news of Sir Ken Dodd’s death came with reports that he married his partner of 40 years, two days before his death. Without knowledge of his estate or how his assets might be […]
Your Will and arranging child maintenance
You may have seen reports in the press recently of a mistress being locked in a bitter dispute with a tycoon’s widow after their adored love child was left out of the deceased’s multi million pound Will. The child’s mother, Miss Proles, is claiming that the father doted on the child and would never have […]