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 […]
Are sweeping reforms to Inheritance Tax on the horizon?
In a recent letter to the Office for Tax Simplification (‘OTS’), Chancellor Philip Hammond has ordered a review into the UK’s inheritance tax regime. The potential review comes amid sharp rises in inheritance tax receipts, with the Office for Budget Responsibility suggesting that well over £32 billion of inheritance tax could be paid between 2016 […]
I’m a Celebrity…Get me out of here, but lets be fair and share in our divorce settlement.
It is refreshing to see a fair and sensible approach being taken by a celebrity in their divorce settlement agreement and insisting on privacy in such a sensitive situation. As you may have seen in the press recently, Anthony McPartlin, better known as Ant from the household name ‘Ant and Dec’, is beginning divorce proceedings. […]
Divorce ……who’s the one at fault ?
There have been reports in the media recently that the marriage of Ant McPartlin and his wife Lisa Armstrong has finally come to an end and that Ant is to start divorce proceedings against her. There has been much discussion about the difficulties that Ant has had with prescription drugs with him allegedly apologising to […]
Quickie Divorce ?
It seems that when celebrity divorces are mentioned in the media, such as the Louise and Jamie Rednapp case that’s all over the internet at the moment, they always refer to a “ quickie divorce ” which suggest that they take little time to grant and then the marriage is over. When it becomes clear that the relationship is badly […]