Could rights for unmarried couples be extended?
Despite public campaigns about the limited rights people who live together have there is still a misconception that because you have lived with someone for many years you are a “common law spouse” and will be treated the same as if you were married. People who live together and are not married have very few […]
Divorcing couple row over Tiger charity
A tiger conservationist and her former banker husband have been involved in an expensive court battle arguing over claims that money belonging to the charity they set up to save the Chinese Tiger was in fact used to pay for the couple’s personal lifestyle. The wife claimed that the multi-million trust fund set up to […]
Children need both parents after separation
A new law has come into force which reinforces the belief that children need a relationship with both parents after they have separated. Section 11 of the Children and Families Act 2014 will apply to all cases submitted to the family courts after 22nd October. This law is not intended to give parents new rights […]
It’s not too early to be thinking about Christmas
The children are back at school and Halloween and Bonfire Night are still a while off however if you’re separated or divorced it’s not too soon to be thinking about arrangements for your children over the Christmas period. This can be a difficult time for parents and children, particularly if it’s the first Christmas after […]
I’ve been treated badly so surely I deserve more in the divorce
After the story of the Bafta-winning camera man who forged his wife’s signature to take £59,000 out of their joint mortgage so he could allegedly buy expensive camera equipment before he divorced her, do you think bad behaviour should affect what a person gets in their divorce settlement? There is a commonly held view that if […]
Put your property in safe hands
Buying or selling your house shouldn’t be difficult but often it’s something we dread due to our own bad experiences or horror stories from friends and family. For most people, this will be the largest single investment they make so it’s important that the solicitor you instruct knows what they are doing. Gail says “I’ve […]
Has relationship revenge gone too far?
We’ve all seen stories in the media about the lengths that people will go to in order to get revenge on an ex once their relationship has broken down. There’s been damaged cars, cut up clothes, posters advertising cheating partners, possessions sold on Ebay and even the infamous case of Mrs Bobbit where she sliced […]
My ex won’t let me move abroad with our children
Official data from the United Nations shows the number of Britons living abroad has dramatically increased in the last 10 years. Last year 3.2% of the world’s population or around 232 million people moved to live in another country. The most popular destination for Britons is Australia, followed by the USA and then Canada. So […]
Has Cheryl Cole rushed into marriage?
Cheryl Cole recently announced that she had married her French boyfriend, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in secret after a whirlwind three month romance. According to press reports she had no hesitation about marrying him despite being together for such a short time. Did Cheryl ask Jean-Bernard to sign a prenuptial agreement to ensure that her income and […]
Child maintenance charges now in force
The new child maintenance services fees are now in force and most new applicants will now have to pay a £20 one off fee. There are a limited number of exceptions where you won’t have to pay the fee and these apply are if you are: • A victim of domestic violence which has been […]