Separated or divorced? Should you be thinking about Christmas
If you’re separated or divorced is it too late to have sorted out the arrangements for your children over the Christmas period? It seems a long time since Halloween and Bonfire night. Now it’s the time of school Christmas fairs, Christmas lights switch ons and all those digital radio stations dedicated to Christmas music. This […]
It seems that when celebrity divorces are mentioned in the media, such as Ant McPartlin’s, then it’s always referred to as a quickie divorce. This might suggest that for the rich and famous they can have instant access to a divorce. However the reality is that it was only the Decree Nisi that was officially […]
Brits leave record amount to Charities in their Wills
It has been revealed this week that the British public left £2.85Billion in their Wills to charities in the last year alone! The most popular charities that gifts were left to were Cancer Research UK, RNLI and RSPCA. With this week being ‘Remember a Charity in your Will Week’ we are going to look into […]
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 […]