Article Category: Family Law – Insight & Opinion

Tips for Self-Care During A Divorce or Relationship Breakdown

woman practicing self care during a divorce, sipping on a mug

Going through the breakdown of a marriage or relationship is an extremely emotional time and its effects are felt throughout the whole family. It is important to take care of yourself during this time, as you will experience a roller coaster of emotions. In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, Claire Porter, Associate in our… Read more »

Post-Lockdown Coparenting: How to Transition Your Child Arrangements

Father coparenting with his child - child arrangements post-lockdown

When the country first went into lockdown in March 2020, there was a great deal of confusion about whether the “stay at home” message for children of separated parents applied to them or not. The Government subsequently offered guidance to confirm that children from separated parents could move between two households. Despite this guidance, the… Read more »

What is Parental Alienation?

Child upset with parents arguing in the background - is your child subject to parental alienation?

Separating couples who are unfortunately unable to maintain an amicable relationship may find putting the heartache and hostility aside difficult. Whilst many parents will try to detach themselves from these feelings to facilitate respectful co-parenting for the benefit of a child, there will be others that simply cannot look past the breakdown of the relationship… Read more »

Budget 2021: Capital Gains Tax and Divorce

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is payable on the disposal of an asset whether it is sold, gifted or whether you are ordered to transfer it as part of a court order. The “gain” is the difference in the value of the asset when it was acquired and its value when you dispose of it. In… Read more »

Child Arrangements: Lockdown and Separated Parents

The UK is in its third national lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and families of separated parents remain uncertain about whether their children are allowed to move between households during this time, if changes need to be made to the terms of any existing child arrangements orders, and what the latest guidance is surrounding… Read more »

Coercive Control- How Can I Seek help?

Viewers of Channel 4’s Hollyoaks will have seen their current portrayal of coercive control with characters John Paul and PC George Kiss. Very much representative of how coercive control works, we have seen confident and well-loved character John Paul slowly become isolated from his family and manipulated by George, blaming himself for problems within their… Read more »

Divorce: How To Protect Your Inheritance

Protect your inheritance

During divorce proceedings, the court will divide marital assets, such as property acquired during the marriage, equally between both parties to reach a financial settlement. However, should the marital assets not be sufficient for the needs of both parties, the court may consider non-marital assets such as inheritance. So, what do you need to know… Read more »

Blame in Divorce Proceedings

Couple arguing about bad behaviour during divorce process

As part of the divorce process, parties will often be asked to complete a ‘Form E’ setting out their financial position and confirming any special circumstances that they believe should be considered. When deciding how the assets of the marriage should be divided, people often question whether bad behaviour should be taken into account, but… Read more »

Same Sex Divorces: What Is the Process?

same sex divorces between two females

The Office for National Statistics recently revealed that same sex female couples are more than twice as likely to divorce than same sex male couples. There is no clear explanation as to why this is the case but some commentators such as Natalie Drew, founder of Britain’s first fertility clinic, expressed her views to a… Read more »

Divorce Cases On the Rise

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that divorce cases are on the rise as the number of divorces filed in 2019 saw an increase of 18.4% from the preceding year, the largest annual percentage increase in the number of divorces since 1972. It is presumable that this increase could be accounted for by the… Read more »