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 […]
The “quickie divorce” myth
It seems that when celebrity divorces are mentioned in the media they always refer to “quickie divorces” which suggest that they take little time to grant and then the marriage is over. Often clients will come in asking for a “quickie divorce” or what fact should they issue a divorce petition on to get the […]
Spying on your spouse could land you in hot water
A recent divorce case saw banker Daniel Arbili appealing against the original financial settlement in his divorce case. He believes that he should be entitled to more money as his wife did not tell the truth about her finances. However the methods that Mr Arbili used to find out about his ex-wife’s finances may well […]
Could your business be affected by your divorce?
Do you know what could happen to your business if you were to separate or divorce from your partner? It’s important to understand the legal structure your business is operating under as this will have a significant bearing on how it will be treated in a divorce or separation. The approach taken may vary depending […]
‘Revenge porn’ law introduced
‘Revenge porn’ has become illegal in England and Wales, making it a crime to post sexual images or videos of someone without their consent and offenders could be jailed for up to two years. The ruling includes postings on the internet, on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram as well as […]