5 tips to help your child through divorce or separation
When parents decide to separate not only is this a stressful situation for the adults involved but also for the children in those families. Separation may mean a child has to move away from their old home or area that they are used to; a change of schools; the loss of friends as well as […]
Tragic Incident Brings Barder into Spotlight
The suicide of a man just 22 days after a final financial consent order had been signed with his wife within divorce proceedings led to his settlement of £17.3m order being appealed and overturned in what is known as a ‘Barder’ event. As a result of his suicide, the man’s wife was successful in reducing […]
Divorcing in America is Different to England, No Doubt.
Reports in the media suggest Gwen Stefani, singer with the rock band No Doubt, has filed for a divorce in America from her musician husband Gavin Rossdale after 13 years, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’. Whilst it is unknown what those differences are one thing is very clear, it couldn’t happen in England and Wales – for […]
How to manage family events after separation
The school holidays are nearly upon us and it’s a time which can be a flash point for arguments between separated parents. I hear complaints from fathers that their ex won’t let them have any holiday time with the children or that the mothers have filled up the children’s time with activities that the father […]
When a last will and testament might not be all it seems
You may be forgiven for thinking that instructions you write in your Will would always be executed exactly. If you also took the trouble to draft side letters expressly stating that your executors should carry out your Will to the letter that would be fine, right? Wrong. When Melita Jackson died in 2004 she made […]
Childcare proceedings on Corrie’s cobbles
Coronation Street fans have seen Max’s stepfather David battle with Max’s biological father, Callum over contact. But it seems that the storyline is only focusing on who is going to ‘win’ in court with David and Callum going to extravagant lengths to make the other ‘lose’. Whilst this might be necessary to keep corrie fans […]
Louis Tomlinson and parental responsibility
It’s widely reported that One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson is expecting a baby with LA stylist Briana Jungwirth. The couple are not thought to be in a relationship and they are not married so as the baby’s father, would Louis have any rights or obligations towards his child? The legal term for this is parental responsibility […]
What counts as adultery?
We’ve seen recent reports in the media about the hacking of Ashley Madison, the website for extramarital affairs with the identity of 37 million adulterers, including 1.2 million in the UK, at risk of being exposed. So what makes an adulterer and what actually counts as adultery? Currently in England and Wales a divorce can […]
Deserting husband loses his share of the family’s assets
A hospital consultant who left his family and moved abroad has been ordered to hand his ex-wife all their assets, including the family home and £300,000 of savings. Essam Aly left his wife in 2011 and moved to Bahrain and has not paid any maintenance or child support for his two children since 2012. In […]
Should judges have more powers to enforce financial remedy orders?
The Law Commission is currently consulting on how to improve the family court’s powers to enforce financial remedy orders made in England & Wales. Family financial orders are usually made to cover the costs of housing and everyday living expenses so if someone ignores an order to pay money to their ex, it could mean […]